55-59, 3rd place, 9 GB
Tigers 3 – Rays 2
Tigers History Lesson
On this Date in Tigers History
- 1987 — The Tigers acquired righthander Doyle Alexander from the Braves for minor-league righty John Smoltz.
- 1940 — The Tigers and Indians, tied for first place with 64-44 records‚ square off in Cleveland. In the initial pitching duel between the two aces‚ Bob Feller tops Hal Newhouser‚ 8-5‚ to become the majors’ first 20-game winner.
- 1932 — American League president Will Harridge upholds the Tigers’ protest of its August 1st game against New York and orders it replayed on September 8. Detroit had protested because Tony Lazzeri’s and Ben Chapman’s batting order was orally reversed after the lineup cards were handed in before the game.
- 1912 — Three men attack Ty Cobb on his way to the Detroit rail station. Cobb sustains a cut on his shoulder, but catches one of his attackers and pistol-whips him. Cobb then travels to Syracuse and gets two hits in an exhibition game.