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Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 2002 — In game which is broadcast throughout Latin America, managers Luis Pujols of the Tigers and Tony Pena Sr. of the Royals become the first major-league managers born in the Dominican Republic to oppose each other in a game.
The president of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, is on hand to watch Raul Ibanez’s double, triple and home run and four RBIs lead the hometown Royals to an 8-6 comeback victory over Detroit. Meanwhile, Tigers fans are left to ponder how far the franchise has fallen that Pujols is the club’s manager.
- 1998 — Sammy Sosa hits a home run in the Cubs’ 6-4 loss to the Tigers, breaking Rudy York’s 1937 major league record for home runs in a month with 19. He will end the month with 20 homers.
- 1996 — In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 300th career home run off of the Tigers’ Omar Olivares. The A’s defeat the Tigers, 12-8. Bobby Higginson and Jason Giambi each drive in five runs and Cecil Fielder also homers.
- 1991 — The Tigers acquired infielder Victor Rosario from the Braves for Dan Petry.
- 1962 — The Tigers acquired outfielder/infielder Bob Farley from the White Sox for outfielder “Paw Paw” Charlie Maxwell.