A Look at Tigers’ Big Comebacks

From Elias Sports Bureau:

The White Sox led the Tigers, 8-1, in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game before Detroit came back to win, 9-8. It was the second-largest comeback win that the Tigers have ever had at Comerica Park; on Sept. 27, 2003, they rallied from eight runs down to defeat the Twins, 9-8, thereby avoiding their 120th loss of that season (a total that would have tied the modern major-league record set by the 1962 Mets). It was the 29th time in team history – an American League-record total – that the Tigers have won a game after trailing by at least seven runs – a trait that started with the team’s very first game after the American League attained major-league status in 1901. In that game, played on April 25 of that year, the Tigers trailed the Milwaukee Brewers, 13-4, heading to the bottom of the ninth; but aided by an overflow crowd that encroached on the playing field to the consternation of the Milwaukee outfielders, the Tigers scored 10 runs in the last of the ninth to win, 14-13. (The Milwaukee team moved to St. Louis, becoming the Browns, the following year; the franchise then re-located to Baltimore, becoming the Orioles, in 1954.) It was against the White Sox on June 18, 1911 that the Tigers set the major-league record for the largest deficit overcome to win a game. The Sox led, 13-1, in the fifth inning, but the Tigers chipped away and won it, 16-15, by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth, with Ty Cobb himself scoring the winning run. (Two other major-league teams – the Athletics in 1925 and the Indians in 2001 – have since won games after having trailed by 12 runs, but the Tigers’ record has never been bettered.)

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