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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.

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