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.Â Bob Gibson struck out a World Series record seventeen batters as he was the star of game one with a five hit shutout.Â 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.Â
The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth inning with three runs.Â Roger Maris led off with a walk before Orlando Cepeda popped out to Norm Cash.Â Tim McCarver drew a walk and then Mike Shannon drove in Maris with an RBI single.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â Kaline’s double was the lone extra base hit but even he had a tough day with three strikeouts.Â
September 27, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Senators 3, Tigers 1Â (103-57)
The Tigers came out a little flat as they kicked off their final regular season home series with a loss.Â The hitters were held to just six hits and it was Norm Cash who provided the bulk of the offense.Â He finished two for four and he drove in the lone run with his 25th homer of the season.
Joe Sparma pitched just three innings and he gave upÂ a run on two hits with four strikeouts.Â Pat Dobson took the loss when he gave up a pair of runs in the seventh inning.Â That dropped his record toÂ 5-7 on the season.
September 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6, Yankees 2Â (99-54)
Tigers 6, Yankees 2Â (99-54)
It’s funny how this Denny McLain win is almost more memorable then his 30th.Â With the pennant and the game firmly in hand, McLain grooved a pitch to Mickey Mantle in the eighth inning to give him a nice send off in what was his final at bat at the ballpark.Â The end result was Mantle’s 535rd career homer.Â Still McLain threw a nice game and he improved to 31-5.Â He gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
Norm Cash belted two homers and drove in three in the win.Â He finished a perfect three for three with a walk.
This game was also significant because it was the first big league start at shortstop by Mickey Stanley.Â With a loaded outfield and a lack of hitting at shortstop, Mayo Smith took the chance of a position move for Stanley and this game was the beginning of his warm up at the position heading into the World Series.
September 17, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Yankees 1Â (98-54)
The Tigers clinched their first American League pennant since 1945 with their eighth straight win.Â Joe Sparma got it done in a pitcher’s duel in another September complete game and he gave up one run on five hits and one walk with two strikeouts.Â The win improved his record to 9-10 on the season.
Don Wert had the big hit with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.Â Bill Freehan went two for three with a run while Norm Cash went two for three.
September 16, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 9, Yankees 1Â (97-54)
The Tigers ensured themselves of at least a tie in the American League with their seven straight win.Â John Hiller got it done on the mound in this one.Â He gave up one run on eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in yet another complete game for a Tigers starter.
Norm Cash had a big day at the plate.Â He went three for five with a homerun, a double and five RBIs.Â Jim Northrup went two for three with a walk, two runs and an RBI.
September 14, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Athletics 4Â (95-54)
Denny McLain needed some ninth inning heroics but the end result was his historic 30th win of the season.Â With the A’s up 4-3, the Tigers picked up two runs in the ninth to win it.Â Al Kaline came home on a fielder’s choice by Jim Northrup and then Willie Horton singled home Mickey Stanley for the game winner.Â 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.Â He went two for four with a homerun and three RBIs.Â The homer was his 21st of the season.
September 8, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Twins 3, Tigers 1Â (90-54)
The Tigers picked up just six hits as they were held in check by Dean Chance in their rubber game with the Twins.Â Like the day before, the lone run came on a solo homer.Â This time it was Gates Brown who went yard with his fifth of the season.Â Norm Cash had two hits and he was the only hitter to reach base twice.
Earl Wilson fell to 12-12 on the season.Â He gave up three runs on five hits with nine strikeouts in the complete game loss.
August 27, 1968 at Comiskey Park
White Sox 2, Tigers 1Â (82-50)
The Tigers were held to just four hits as they failed to follow up their win yesterday.Â Norm Cash drove in the lone Tigers run with a solo homer in the fifth inning and no Tiger hitter reached base more the once.
A very solid start by John Hiller went to waste and he fell to 6-4.Â He gave up two runs (one earned) on eleven hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 8 1/3 innings.Â The run went against Hiller, but Daryl Patterson gave up the walk off RBI single in the ninth inning with just one out.
August 26, 1968 at County Stadium
Tigers 3, White Sox 0Â (82-49)
The Tigers snapped their four game losing streak behind a very nice start by Earl Wilson.Â The Duke improved to 11-11 and he gave up six hits and a walk with five strikeouts in the shutout.
Earl Wilson got it done at the plate as well with a single and two RBIs.Â Norm Cash went two for four with a run and an RBI while Bill Freehan doubled twice and scored a run.
August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Tigers 1Â (81-46)
There was no late inning comeback in this one as the Tigers kicked off both their doubleheader and series against the Yankees with a loss. A solid start by Earl Wilson and the Tigers pen went to waste.Â Wilson fell to 10-11 and he gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.Â His start was cut short when he was hit in the shoulder by a comebacker.
Earl Wilson was also the hitting star in the loss.Â He had two of the Tigers six hits and he drove in the lone run with his fourth homerun of the season.Â
August 23, 1968 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 3, Tigers 3Â (81-46)
There was no outcome as the Tigers and Yankees played a five hour, nineteen inning 3-3 tie in the finale of their doubleheader.Â Pitching was the name of the game in this one and John Hiller was the star.Â He threw nine shutout innings of relief in which he gave up four hits and six walks.Â Don McMahon took over from there and threw the final three innings without giving up a run before the game was called.
Norm Cash finished the game four for eight and he scored a run.Â Mickey Stanley went three for eight with a run and an RBI.
August 17, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 10, Red Sox 9Â (78-43)
The Tigers outlasted the Red Sox in a game that saw the two teams combined for 19 runs on 28 hits.Â The Tigers blew an 8-1 lead only to win it in the eleventh inning on a solo homer by Bill Freehan.Â Norm Cash and Dick McAuliffe also went yard in the win and Cash went an impressive five for six with five RBIs to lead the way.
Pat Dobson gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings as he fell apart and gave up the bulk of the damage in the Red Sox seven run sixth inning.Â Don McMahon picked up the win and he gave up one run in four innings of relief while John Wyatt got the final batter out to pick up his second save of the season.
August 14, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 3, Indians 0Â (76-43)
The Tigers won their rubber game with the Indians behind a combined shutout by Joe Sparma and Mickey Lolich.Â Sparma got into trouble and in the fourth inning and he pitchedÂ 3 1/3 shutout innings when Mickey Lolich came in to get the Tigers out of said jam.Â He then went on to throw 5 2/3 shutout innings and he improved to 11-7 on the season.
Bill Freehan belted a solo homer, his eighteenth of the season.Â Norm Cash went two for four with a triple and an RBI.
August 12, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Tigers 6, Indians 3Â (75-42)
Denny McLain improved to 24-3 with hisÂ fifth straight complete game.Â In this one, he gave up three runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts although two of the five hits he gave up left the park.
Norm Cash homered and drove in a pair in the win.Â Mickey Stanley went one of three with two RBIs and a run.
August 10, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 4, Red Sox 3Â (72-42)
The Tigers came back from a 3-1 deficit to bounce back and beat the Red Sox.Â The Tigers scored single runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to complete the comeback and the game winner came on a solo homer by Norm Cash.Â The hitting star in the win, Cash finished three for four while Dick McAuliffe doubled, drew a walk and scored a run.
Daryl Patterson had his first start of his career and he gave up three runs in 4 1/3 innings in a no decision.Â Mickey Lolich struck out four in 1 2/3 shutout innings and he improved to 9-7.
August 6, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 2, Indians 1Â (68-41)
It can be tough enough playing a doubleheader, but when the first game goes seventeen innings, it makes it that much tougher.Â Down 1-0, Don Wert hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game up.Â Then neither side scored until the bottom of the seventeenth when Dick Tracewski singled home Bill Freehan for the game winner.Â
John Hiller threw the first eight innings and he held the Indians to just one run.Â Then five relievers held the Indians to just three hits in nine shutout innings to finish up the game.Â 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 2Â (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.Â 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.Â He went two for four with a solo homerun while Al Kaline doubled in two at bats and he drove in a pair.
August 1, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Senators 9, Tigers 3Â (65-40)
Pat Dobson was hit hard by the Senators as the Tigers kicked off the month of August with a loss.Â He fell to 3-3 and he gave up six runs on five hits and four walks in just 3 1/3 innings.
Jim Northrup went three for four with a double, a triple, a run and an RBI.Â Norm Cash drove in a run with his fifteenth homer of the season, a solo shot in the sixth inning.
July 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Yankees 7, Tigers 2Â (63-39)
The Tigers suffered their second straight defeat as Joe Sparma was roughed up by the Yankees offense.Â Sparma gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk with seven strikeouts in just five innings of work.
Norm Cash hit his fourteenth homer of the season, a solo homer in the seventh inning.Â Jim Northrup tripled and he drove in the other Tigers run.
July 27, 1968 at Memorial Stadium
Tigers 9, Orioles 0Â (63-37)
Tiger stars Willie Horton and Denny McLain shined as the team won for the 63rd time at the 100 game mark today.Â McLain improved to 20-3 with an impressive three hit shutout.Â 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.Â The two long balls brought his season total up to 25 on the season.Â 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 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Orioles 4Â (59-33)
The Tigers put on a show for their home town fans with a dramatic comeback win in the ninth inning.Â Down by two runs, Jim Northrup kicked off the ninth with a single and he moved to second on a walk by Al Kaline.Â 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.Â 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.Â Pat Dobson threw a shutout ninth inning and he improved to 3-1 on the season.
July 14, 1968 at Anaheim Stadium
Angels 7, Tigers 3Â (56-31)
The Tigers kicked off a west coast trip with a loss as Earl Wilson had a tough time in his start.Â He fell to 6-7 and he gave up six runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk with two strikeouts in just three innings of work.
Norm Cash and Don Wert both hit solo shots to account for most of the Tigers offense.Â Mickey Stanley was the only Tiger with two hits and Cash finished with a pair of runs.
July 4, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 13, Angels 10Â (52-27)
The Tigers held on to win a wild one as they finished up a four game sweep over the Angels for theirÂ fourth straight win.Â Jim Northrup and Norm Cash both hit a pair of homeruns and Northrup had a team high five RBIs.Â Bill Freehan and Willie Horton both also went yard in the win.
Pitching was not the name of the game in this one.Â Dennis Ribant picked up the win and he improved to 2-1 but he was more in the right place at the right time because he pitched just 2/3 of an inning.Â John Hiller pitched a perfect ninth inning and he picked up his second save of the season.
July 3, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Angels 2Â (51-27)
The Tigers remained perfect in the month of the June and they won their third game behind a trio of homeruns.Â Norm Cash belted two run shot while both Dick Tracewski and Willie Horton went yard with nobody on base.Â For Horton, it was his ninteenth of the season and Bill Freehan pitched in with a double, two singles and an RBI.
Denny McLain improved to 15-2 on the season with another nice start.Â He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks with ten strikeouts in the complete game win.
June 29, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 2 (48-26)
The Tigers won their fifth straight game and once again, it was Denny McLain who pitched the Tigers to victory.Â He improved to 14-2 and he gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts in another complete game.
Jim Northrup hit another grand slam and those four RBIs turned out to be the difference in the game.Â Norm Cash drove in the other run with a solo shot in the second inning and Denny McLain helped out his own cause with two hits and a run.
June 28, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, White Sox 4 (47-26)
After two days off because of rain, the Tigers got right back to it with their fourth straight win in front of a home crowd against the White Sox.Â Mickey Stanley homered and drove in three runs while Norm Cash hit a two run shot.Â Dick McAuliffe was the hitting star though.Â He went three for three with a walk and he scored twice.Â The two run shot by Stanley in the seventh inning was the game winner.
Earl Wilson had a tough time but because the hitters bailed him out, he didn’t get a decision.Â He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six inning.Â Fred Lasher was perfect through the final three innings and he improved to 5-1.
June 22, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 2, Tigers 0 (43-25)
The Tigers dropped their second straight game to the Indians in a contest that saw the road team pick up just five hits.Â Willie Horton was the only hitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk while Mickey Stanley and Norm Cash both doubled.
Earl Wilson fell to 5-5 despite a solid start.Â He gave up two runs on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
June 21, 1968 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 4, Tigers 3 (43-24)
The Tigers blew a thirteenth inning lead as they dropped their series opener to the Indians.Â Jim Northrup had doubled home Mickey Stanley in the top of the thirteenth inning but Pat Dobson gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the inning and he fell to 2-1.Â This was after a solid start by Mickey Lolich, who gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in nine innings.
The Tigers picked up seven hits and they were all by different hitters.Â Norm Cash drew three walks while Dick McAuliffe doubled, drove in a run and drew a walk.
June 19, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Red Sox 8, Tigers 5 (42-23)
Joe Sparma took it on the chin again and he fell to 5-7 with a subpar outing.Â He gave up five runs on eight hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.Â Daryl Patterson gave up three runs in his 2/3 of an inning, but all three were unearned because Patterson himself made an error in the inning.
Wille Horton and Norm Cash both hit solo homers in the loss.Â For Horton, it was his 18th of the season and Dick McAuliffe went one for two with three walks and two runs.
June 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Twins 1 (36-20)
Pat Dobson outdueled Dean Chance as the Tigers took the first game of a series opening doubleheader that saw an over an hour rain delay in the second inning.Â Dobson improved to 2-0 and he gave up one run on five hits and five walks with ten strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. Daryl Patterson gave up a hit in the final 1 1/3 innings and he picked up his second save of the season.
Backup catcher Jim Price was the hitting star in this one and he played a role in all three Tigers runs.Â He went two for three with a double, two RBIs and a run.
June 11, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 3, Twins 2 (37-20)
The Tigers came from behind to finish their doubleheader sweep over the Twins.Â Norm Cash singled home Mickey Stanley in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie it 2-2 and then Tom Matchick scored on a fielders choice by Mickey Stanley in the bottom of the ninth for the game winner.Â Stanley finished the game three for five with two runs while Norm Cash singled, doubled and drove in the eighth inning run.
Joe Sparma pitched seven solid innings but he wasn’t given the decision.Â He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and walk with five strikeouts.Â John Hiller improved to 4-1 with two perfect innings to close out the game.
June 7, 1968 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 5, Indians 4Â (34-19)
The Tigers needed five runs in the final three innings but they did it to win their fourth straight game.Â Norm Cash had a big game with a pair of solo homers while Willie Horton joined him with a solo shot of his own.Â For Horton, it was his sixteenth of the season.
John Hiller walked five and gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings.Â Fred Lasher gave up a run in the ninth to tie it but he picked up the win because of Mickey Stanley’s walk off RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth.
June 6, 1968 at Fenway Park
Tigers 5, Red Sox 3Â (33-19)
The Tigers took the rubber game in their five game series with the Red Sox in a game that saw all eight runs come in the first three innings.Â The Tigers jumped out to a two run lead in the top of the first, lost the lead in the bottom half of the inning when the Red Sox scored three and then retook the lead for good with three in the third.
All five Tiger runs came via the longball.Â Jim Northrup put the Tigers on the board with a two run shot in the first while Norm Cash hit the game winner with a three run blast in the third.
Joe Sparma evened out his record at 5-5.Â He gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout and he came an out short of a complete game.Â Fred Lasher got the final out and he picked up his fifth save of the season.
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