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October 2, 2008

Bob Gibson Strikes Out Seventeen, Cardinals Take World Series Opener

by @ 5:38 pm. Filed under 1968 World Series, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson, Willie Horton

October 2, 1968 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 4, Tigers 0
Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Game Series 1-0

The Tigers ran into a buzz saw in game one of the 1968 World Series and the end result was a game one loss.  Bob Gibson struck out a World Series record seventeen batters as he was the star of game one with a five hit shutout.  The Tigers had almost as many errors (3) as they did hits in this one and a mediocre start by Denny McLain meant little because he would have had to have been perfect for the Tigers to walk away with this one. 

The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth inning with three runs.  Roger Maris led off with a walk before Orlando Cepeda popped out to Norm Cash.  Tim McCarver drew a walk and then Mike Shannon drove in Maris with an RBI single.  McCarver moved to third and Shannon moved to second on the play after an error by Willie Horton and then Julian Javier singled them both home to make it 3-0 Cardinals.

The Tigers only real threat came in the sixth inning.  Dick McAuliffe singled and then moved to third on a two out double by Al Kaline but Norm Cash struck out to end the inning.  The Cardinals added a run in the seventh off of Pat Dobson when Lou Brock belted a solo homer but the insurance was unneccesary.

Mickey Stanley was the lone Tiger to reach base more then once with a pair of singles.  Kaline’s double was the lone extra base hit but even he had a tough day with three strikeouts. 

September 22, 2008

Tenth Straight Win Is Tigers 100th Win

by @ 4:57 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Jim Northrup, Jim Price, Mickey Lolich, Pat Dobson

September 20, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 3  (100-54)

The Tigers won their tenth straight and in the process, they reached the 100 win mark for just the fourth time in franchise history.  They were hoping they wouldn’t repeat history though because the other three times they won 100, they couldn’t get that World Series ring.  Still, Mickey Lolich threw a very nice game and he improved to 16-9.  He gave up three runs on three hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings.  Pat Dobson threw two shutout innings to close the game out and he picked up his seventh save of the season.

All six Tigers run came via the long ball.  Jim Northrup belted a pair of two run homers while Al Kaline and Jim Price also went yard with solo homers in the win.

September 21, 2008

Tigers Tie Franchise Record With 101st Win

by @ 4:57 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Earl Wilson, Joe Sparma, Mickey Stanley

September 21, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 4, Nationals 3  (101-54)

The Tigers tied their franchise record in wins with 101st and they did it with their eleventh straight victory.  Mickey Stanley went three for five with a run while Al Kaline went two for five with an RBI.

Earl Wilson didn’t get the decision with a five inning start.  He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.  Joe Sparma pitched the final four innings and he gave up one run on four hits and two walks with two strikeouts and he improved to 10-10.

September 14, 2008

Denny McLain Wins 30th Game

by @ 4:30 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

September 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Athletics 4  (95-54)

Denny McLain needed some ninth inning heroics but the end result was his historic 30th win of the season.  With the A’s up 4-3, the Tigers picked up two runs in the ninth to win it.  Al Kaline came home on a fielder’s choice by Jim Northrup and then Willie Horton singled home Mickey Stanley for the game winner.  McLain improved to 30-5 and he gave up four runs on six hits and one walk with ten strikeouts.

Norm Cash was the hitting star.  He went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs.  The homer was his 21st of the season.

September 9, 2008

Mickey Lolich Throws Two Hit Shutout Over Angels

by @ 3:25 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - September, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley, Willie Horton

September 9, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 6, Angels 0  (91-54)

Mickey Lolich had one of his best starts of the season as the Tigers snapped a two game losing streak.  He gave up just two hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in the shutout win which pushed his record to 14-9 on the season.

Willie Horton, Al Kaline and Mickey Stanley all homered in the win.  Stanley had a particularly good game with three hits and two runs.

August 31, 2008

John Hiller Has Rough Start In Tigers Loss to Orioles

by @ 3:59 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe, John Hiller

August 31, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Orioles 5, Tigers 1  (85-51)

The Tigers three game winning streak came to an end in a game where the offense picked up just six hits.  Al Kaline had two of those and he drove in a run while Dick McAuliffe tripled and scored.

John Hiller fell to 6-5 with a rough start.  He gave up four runs on three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

August 25, 2008

Tigers Swept By Yankees In Doubleheader

by @ 3:52 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Dick Tracewski, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 6, Tigers 5  (81-48)

The Tigers blew a four run lead as they dropped their third straight to the Yankees in another doubleheader.  Pat Dobson gave up the first five runs in 5 2/3 innings but it was Daryl Patterson who gave up the final run, and for that he took the loss.  He fell to 2-3 and the inning in question was the sixth in which the Yankees scored five runs.

Al Kaline had a big day at the plate and he went three for five with a double, a run and an RBI.  Dick Tracewski singled twice and he also scored two runs.

August 25, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 5, Tigers 4  (81-49)

The Yankees finished up a sweep over the Tigers in a series that saw all four games decided by one run.  Mickey Lolich gave up the bulk of the damage and he fell to 12-8. He gave up five runs on three hits and seven walks with three strikeouts in just three innings.

Jim Northrup tripled and drove in a pair of runs.  Tom Matchick went two for four and he scored twice while Mickey Stanley went two for four with a run and an RBI.

August 22, 2008

Dick McAuliffe Brawls With Tommy John In Series Finale Over White Sox

by @ 3:39 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe, Don McMahon, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton

August 22, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, White Sox 2  (81-45)

Some fireworks flew as the Tigers finished up their series with the White Sox in winning fashion.  The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when things went south in the third inning.  Tommy John threw two balls at Dick McAuliffe’s head in lieu of a walk and as McAuliffe started to walk towards first, Tommy John baited him into a fight.  McAuliffe ended up dislocating John’s shoulder and for his efforts, he was suspended for five games.

Al Kaline and Willie Horton both went yard in the win.  For Horton, it was his 29th and it was number eight for Kaline.  Don Wert finished the win three for four.

Mickey Lolich was given the start after some time in the bullpen.  He improved to 12-7 and he gave up two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts in seven innings.  Don McMahon threw two shutout innings of relief and he picked up his first save of the season.

August 16, 2008

Denny McLain Shuts Out Red Sox For 25th Win

by @ 6:11 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe

August 16, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 4, Red Sox 0  (77-43)

Denny McLain put on another pitching show as he won his 25th game of the season.  He gave up just seven hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in his shutout win.  It was his sixth straight complete game and his sixth shutout of the season.

Dick McAuliffe was the hitting star in the win. He doubled, tripled and scored two runs.  Al Kaline belted a two run homer and he drew two free passes in the win.

August 6, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader Over Indians

by @ 5:53 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - August, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Dick Tracewski, Don Wert, John Hiller, John Wyatt, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash

August 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Indians 1  (68-41)

It can be tough enough playing a doubleheader, but when the first game goes seventeen innings, it makes it that much tougher.  Down 1-0, Don Wert hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game up.  Then neither side scored until the bottom of the seventeenth when Dick Tracewski singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner. 

John Hiller threw the first eight innings and he held the Indians to just one run.  Then five relievers held the Indians to just three hits in nine shutout innings to finish up the game.  John Wyatt threw the final frame and he picked up the win to improve to 2-4.

August 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 2  (69-41)

The Tigers didn’t finish up their sweep over the Indians until August 7 because this one was suspended at the end of eight innings where they picked up the next day.  Mickey Lolich picked up the win and he improved to 8-7 with 2 2/3 innings of shutout relief while John Wyatt threw three shutout innings to pick up his first save of the season.

Norm Cash was the hiting star.  He went two for four with a solo homerun while Al Kaline doubled in two at bats and he drove in a pair.

July 27, 2008

McLain Wins 20th, Horton Hits Two Homers In Tigers Third Straight Win

by @ 6:06 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Don Wert, Norm Cash, Willie Horton

July 27, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 9, Orioles 0  (63-37)

Tiger stars Willie Horton and Denny McLain shined as the team won for the 63rd time at the 100 game mark today.  McLain improved to 20-3 with an impressive three hit shutout.  He walked two and struck out seven and with 20 out of the way, McLain had his eyes set on 30 wins with over two months left in the season.

Willie Horton homered twice and drove in four.  The two long balls brought his season total up to 25 on the season.  Dick McAuliffe, Don Wert and Al Kaline all went yard as well while Norm Cash went four for five with two doubles and two runs.

July 24, 2008

Mickey Lolich Is Hit Hard In Loss to Senators

by @ 6:28 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Mickey Stanley

July 24, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Senators 6, Tigers 3  (60-37)

Mickey Lolich was shelled and he fell to 7-6 as the Tigers failed once again to put together a winning streak.  Lolich gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Mickey Stanley was the hitting star in the loss.  He went three for four with a double and a run.  Al Kaline went two for three with a walk and an RBI.

July 23, 2008

Denny McLain Wins Nineteenth, Gates Brown Drive Home Winning Run In Opener With Senators

by @ 6:25 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Gates Brown, Jim Northrup, Jim Price, Jon Warden

July 23, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 6, Senators 4  (60-36)

The Tigers took game one of their series with the Senators with another dramatic comeback.  Down 4-3 in the eighth inning, Jim Price singled home Al Kaline to tie the game up and then Gates Brown singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner.  Jim Northrup doubled home Al Kaline in the ninth for some insurance that the Tigers didn’t need.  Speaking of Kaline, he was a perfect two for two with three walks, two runs and two RBIs.

Denny McLain improved to 19-3 despite a mediocre start.  He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings.  Jon Warden threw the final 1 2/3 innings and he picked up his third save of the season.

July 19, 2008

Tom Matchick Powers Tigers to Win Over Orioles

by @ 6:22 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Jim Northrup, Mickey Lolich, Norm Cash, Pat Dobson, Tom Matchick

July 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 4  (59-33)

The Tigers put on a show for their home town fans with a dramatic comeback win in the ninth inning.  Down by two runs, Jim Northrup kicked off the ninth with a single and he moved to second on a walk by Al Kaline.  Kaline was then forced out at second base on a fielders choice by Norm Cash to put runners at the corners before Bill Freehan forced Cash out at second to score Northrup.  Then with two outs, Tom Matchick belted a huge two run walk off homer to complete the comeback.

Mickey Lolich was roughed up and he gave up four runs in five innings in his start.  Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth inning and he improved to 3-1 on the season.

July 16, 2008

Denny McLain Throws Eight Hit Shutout, Wins Eighteenth

by @ 6:18 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Tom Matchick

July 16, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Tigers 4, Angels 0  (57-32)

Denny McLain did it again.  He not only helped the Tigers avoid a sweep at the hands of the Angels, but he also helped them snap a three game losing streak.  McLain improved to 18-2 and he gave up just eight hits with eight strikeouts in the complete game shutout.

Al Kaline had just one hit in four at bats but it was a solo homer.  Tom Matchick finished two for four and he drove in a run.

July 15, 2008

Tigers Held to Five Hits In Shutout Loss to Angels

by @ 6:17 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Mickey Lolich

July 15, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 4, Tigers 0  (56-32)

The Tigers were held to five hits in a shutout loss as they dropped their third straight.  Three of those hits came off the bat of Al Kaline while Jim Northrup reached base twice with a single and a walk.

Mickey Lolich gell to 7-5 and while he gave up just three hits in six innings, two of those left the park.  Daryl Patterson threw two perfect innings of relief to close out the game but Angels starter Jim Brunet was just too much for Detroit in this one.

July 7, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader Over Athletics

by @ 5:45 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - July, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Dick McAuliffe, Mickey Lolich, Wille Horton

July 7, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Athletics 4  (54-28)

Willie Horton belted a walk off solo homer as the Tigers bounced back and beat the A’s in the first game of their doubleheader.  Dick McAuliffe was also one of the hitting stars and he went two for four with a solo homer and two runs. 

Denny McLain got it done again.  He improved to 16-2 and he gave up four runs on five hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in another complete game.

July 7, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 7, Athletics 6  (55-28)

The Tigers held on to beat the Athletics and they completed a sweep over the team in their doubleheader.  The Tigers jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the seventh but the A’s chipped away at the deficit and while they made it a one run game, Mickey Lolich was able to strikeout the final batter with a runner on to end the game.  For Lolich, it was his first save of the season (check career marks).

Al Kaline was back and he hit his fourth homer of the season.  Dick McAuliffe doubled twice, scored a run and drove in one.  This was the Tigers last game as they headed into the All Star Break for some much needed rest.

May 25, 2008

Denny McLain Improves to 7-1 With Nice Start Over Athletics

by @ 3:01 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Al Kaline's Injury, Denny McLain, Mickey Stanley

May 25, 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum
Tigers 2, Athletics 1  (24-14)

Denny McLain got the Tigers back on track with another nice start as the Tigers ended their three game losing streak.  McLain gave up just a single run (in the ninth inning) on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts and the win pushed his record to an impressive 7-1.

The Tigers managed just six hits of their own but it was enough to get the job done.  McLain singled and he scored one of the two runs while Mickey Stanley made his lone at bat count in spades with an RBI single that put the Tigers on the board in the eighth inning.

The Tigers were dealt a blog though.  Al Kaline was hit in the forearm by a pitch that would put him on the disabled list for well over a month.  Wayne Comer was brought up to take his place on the roster.

May 22, 2008

Don Wert Homers Twice In Tigers Loss to Twins

by @ 3:58 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Don Wert, Gates Brown

May 22, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 4, Tigers 3  (23-14)

The Tigers lost their rubber game with the Twins despite coming back from two runs down to tie it in the top of the eighth.  Don Wert led off the inning with his second homerun of the game to make it a one run contest and then after a Gate Brown pinch hit triple, Al Kaline singled to tie the game.  Unfortunately, Fred Lasher gave up a run in relief of Mickey Lolich in the bottom of the eighth to blow the comeback.

Wert hit his fourth and fifth homeruns of the season and outside of that, the Tigers didn’t get much at the plate.  A decent start by Mickey Lolich went to waste and he gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with five strikeouts in seven innings.

May 20, 2008

Tigers Storm Back From Three Run Deficit For Third Straight Win

by @ 3:55 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Willie Horton

May 20, 1968 at Metropolitan Stadium
Tigers 4, Twins 3  (23-12)

The Tigers came back from an early 3-0 deficit in this one to walk away with their third straight win.  Willie Horton hit a solo shot, his tenth homer of the season, in the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames and then Al Kaline scored on an error (the second of the inning) in the top of the tenth to win it.  Kaline finished with two runs despite not getting a hit and no Tiger had more then one hit.

Denny McLain improved to 6-1 despite a three run second inning. He gave up just the three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in the ten inning complete game.

May 19, 2008

Tigers Sweep Doubleheader Over Senators

by @ 3:52 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe, Dick Tracewski, Earl Wilson, Eddie Mathews, Fred Lasher, Gates Brown, Joe Warden, John Hiller, Les Cain

May 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Senators 4  (21-12)

The Tigers held off a late inning surge to walk away with a win in the first game of their doubleheader with the Senators.  The Tigers took a 4-0 lead into the eigth inning when Earl Wilson and Joe Warden were both tagged for a pair of runs to tie it up.  Then Gates Brown singled home Dick Tracewski in the bottom of the eighth inning to break the tie and to give the Tigers the win.

Fred Lasher picked up the win and he improved to 2-0.  John Hiller threw a perfect ninth and he picked up his first save of the season.

Dick McAuliffe put the Tigers on the board with a solo homer to lead things off.  Al Kaline went two for four and he drove in a run.

May 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 7, Senators 0  (22-12)

Les Cain picked up his first career win in his first career start as the Tigers finished up a doubleheader sweep over the Senators.  Cain gave up six hits and six walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 shutout innings while Fred Lasher got the final seven outs in succession to pick up his third save of the season.

Six of the Tigers runs came via the longball.  Eddie Mathews belted a three run shot, Al Kaline went yard with a two run homer and Dick McAuliffe hit a solo homer.

May 12, 2008

Six Runs Sixth Costs Tigers Winning Streak

by @ 3:53 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Daryl Patterson, Mickey Lolich

May 12, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Senators 6, Tigers 3  (18-10)

The Tigers four game winning streak came to an end as Mickey Lolich and John Patterson were hammered in the sixth inning to the tune of five runs. Lolich gave up the first two runs and then Patterson came in and the floodgates opened as he was hammered for three runs.  The loss to Patterson dropped his record to 1-1 on the season.

Al Kaline was the hitting star in the loss.  He went three for four with a double, a run and an RBI.

May 11, 2008

Tigers Run Up Score Over Senators For Fourth Straight Win

by @ 4:15 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Don Wert, Joe Sparma, Mickey Stanley, Willie Horton

May 11, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 12, Senators 2  (18-9)

For the second straight game, an impressive offensive performance by the Tigers overshadowed a solid outing by the team’s starter.  Bill Freehan, Willie Horton and Don Wert all went yard in the contest and both Horton and Freehan finished with three RBIs a piece.  Mickey Stanley and Al Kaline also pitched in and they both scored a team high three runs.

Joe Sparma improved to 2-3 on the season.  He gave up two runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in the complete game.

May 10, 2008

Al Kaline Drives In Six Runs In Tigers Third Straight Win

by @ 4:14 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Bill Freehan, Denny McLain, Don Wert

May 10, 1968 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 12, Senators 1  (17-9)

The Tigers won their third straight game behind a huge game by Al Kaline at the plate and another rock solid outing on the mound by Denny McLain.  Kaline went three for four with a homerun, six RBIs and three runs.  Bill Freehan and Don Wert also went yard in the contest and Freehan finished the game with three RBIs.

Denny McLain improved to 5-0 with another complete game.  He gave up one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts and the lone run was a solo homer off the bat of Frank Howard.

May 3, 2008

Willie Horton Homers Twice In Tigers Loss to Angels

by @ 5:22 pm. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton

May 3, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Angels 6, Tigers 5  (13-7)

The Tigers lost their second one run game in as many days as Mickey Lolich was roughed up by the Angels’ hitters.  Lolich fell to 1-1 and he gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Willie Horton had a monster day at the plate.  He homered twice and drove in three runs while Al Kaline went three for five with a run.

Tigers Lose to Angels Despite Willie Horton’s Two Homers

by @ 4:06 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - May, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton

May 3, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Angels 6, Tigers 5  (13-7)

The Tigers lost their second one run game in as many days as Mickey Lolich was roughed up by the Angels’ hitters.  Lolich fell to 1-1 and he gave up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Willie Horton had a monster day at the plate.  He homered twice and drove in three runs while Al Kaline went three for five with a run.

April 18, 2008

Joe Sparma Shuts Out Indians In Tigers Sixth Straight Win

by @ 3:45 am. Filed under 1968 Tigers Diary - April, Al Kaline, Dick McAuliffe, Joe Sparma, Willie Horton

April 18, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 0  (6-1)

The Tigers made it six straight wins behind an exceptional start by Joe Sparma.  He gave up seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts in the complete game shutout and it was his first win of the season.

Three of the Tigers’ runs came via the long ball.  Willie Horton, Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline all went yard with solo shots in the win.  Horton finished the game with two RBIs while McAuliffe drew two walks in addition to the homerun and he scored twice.

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