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05/21/17 06:00 PM

August 10, 1976

Texas at Detroit, doubleheader
Attendance: 15,028

Both teams come out hitting in game one, but the Rangers use a five run, 5th inning to beat Detroit. Tom Grieve hits a three run homer in the 5th for Texas, while Willie Horton hits a 9th inning, solo homer for Detroit.

Texas: 8-11-0
Detroit: 5-12-1

Texas: Blyleven and Sundberg

Detroit: Roberts, Grilli (8) and Freehan

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Game two;

John Hiller can't hold a 3-3 tie in the 10th, as the Rangers score twice and sweep the Tigers, 5-3.

Texas: 5-10-1
Detroit: 3-6-0

Texas: Hargan, Hoerner (10) and Fahey

Detroit: Crawford, Hiller (7) and Kimm

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05/21/17 06:09 PM

August 11, 1976

Texas at Detroit
Attendance: 36,523

Mark Fidrych and Gaylord Perry match zeroes into the bottom of the 8th inning. The veteran spitballer then falls apart during a dramatic, nine run frame for the Tigers. Steve Foucault enters the game in relief of Perry with the bases loaded and deals a grand slam to the first man he faces, Aurelio Rodriguez. For good measure, the next batter, Pedro Garcia, also homers (Can't wait until Foucault joins the Tigers in 77!). Fidrych retires the stunned Rangers in the 9th with ease, to gain a split of the four game series.

Texas: 0-4-0
Detroit: 9-11-0

Texas: Perry, Foucault (8) and Sundberg

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

WP-Fidrych  12-5
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Detroit goes 9-3 against the Rangers this season and have a record of 57-55.

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05/22/17 02:37 AM

Fantastic! I was just reading about this game in Dan Epstein's outstanding book, Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76 (2014). It's full of interesting details about the season, including Fidrych and the Tigers. That was quite an ass kicking at the old ballpark.

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06/01/17 04:03 AM

August 13, 1976

Detroit at Kansas City
Attendance: 25,215

The Tigers take a brief, weekend road trip to K.C. Ron LeFlore singles twice, steals second twice and scores twice, giving the Tigers the margin of victory, as Dave Lemanczyk out duels Al Fitzmorris.

Detroit: 2-9-0
Kansas City: 1-6-0

Detroit: Lemanczyk, Hiller (8) and Wockenfuss, Freehan

Kansas City: Fitzmorris, Littell (8) and Stinson

WP-Lemanczyk  4-3
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06/01/17 04:07 AM

August 14, 1976

Detroit at Kansas City
Attendance: 27,333

Ben Oglivie hits a two run homer and scores three times, Ron LeFlore doubles twice and scores twice, supporting Dave Roberts, as the Tigers beat Kansas City again. John Mayberry homers for the Royals.

Detroit: 5-8-1
Kansas City: 3-8-1

Detroit: Roberts, Hiller (9) and Freehan

Kansas City: Leonard, Pattin (9) and Martinez

WP-Roberts  11-10
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06/01/17 04:14 AM

August 15, 1976

Detroit at Kansas City
Attendance: 30,720

Bruce Kimm hits a two run homer in the 2nd inning, but the Royals come back with a pair of runs, one in the bottom of the 2nd on a John Mayberry homerun, against Mark Fidrych and the game goes into extra innings. Fidrych allows only 6 hits in 11 innings, but is gone before the game is over. Aurelio Rodriguez hits a two run single in the top of the 14th inning to win the game for Detroit and a sweep of the American League West Division leaders.

Detroit: 4-9-1
Kansas City: 3-8-2

Detroit: Fidrych, Hiller (12) and Kimm

Kansas City: Hassler, Littell (10), Bird (14) and Martinez

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06/01/17 04:21 AM

August 17, 1976

California at Detroit
Attendance: 51,822  (real life Fidrych start)

Back home in Tiger Stadium, the Tigers host the Angels. The Angels get off to a hot start, jumping on Vern Ruhle for six doubles and three walks in the first three innings, running up a 6-0 lead. The Tigers explode for a four run, 6th inning, helped by a Mickey Stanley, two run homer, but otherwise, are helpless against the left hand slants of Frank Tanana. Tanana strikes out 8 and does not walk a batter, while going the distance.

California: 9-15-1
Detroit: 4-7-2

California: Tanana and Humphrey

Detroit: Ruhle, Crawford (4), Grilli (8) and Freehan

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06/01/17 04:28 AM

August 18, 1976

California at Detroit
Attendance: 10,104

The Tiger face the other half of the Angels dynamic duo, Nolan Ryan. Ron LeFlore leads off the bottom of the 1st inning with a base hit and for the longest time, that looks like it might be the only one Detroit will get, before the Tigers add a pair of singles in the late innings. Tony Solita hits a two run homer in the 1st inning to give Ryan all the runs he will need and Terry Humphrey adds a solo shot in the 6th, as California makes it two in a row over Detroit. Ryan strikes out 10 and walks only 2.

California: 4-6-1
Detroit: 0-3-1

California: Ryan and Humphrey

Detroit: Lemanczyk, Laxton (7) and Wockenfuss

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06/01/17 04:33 AM

August 19, 1976

California at Detroit
Attendance: 8,141

Ben Oglivie has three hits, including a triple and a homerun, as the Tigers support Dave Roberts and salvage a game in the series with a 5-1 win.

California: 1-6-1
Detroit: 5-10-1

California: Hartzell, Monge (6) and Humphrey

Detroit: Roberts and Wockenfuss

WP-Roberts  12-10
LP-Hartzell

The Tigers are now 61-57 and host Minnesota for a four game series over the weekend, starting off with a Friday doubleheader.

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06/07/17 12:05 PM

Hi Kline,
Wow the Bird went 11 innings that's pretty cool. It's a shame he didn't have a chance to get win after that performance. Watching that guy pitch made you feel as if you were watching a little kid who just loved playing the game. Where is the next "Bird" hiding? Todays game could use another character like him. This young generation of baseball fans doesn't know what its missing.
J.Q.

J.Q. GO 2017 RED SOX !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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06/08/17 02:29 AM

Hey J.Q.! I had to smile a little at that game. The Bird actually had back to back, 11 inning starts in real life, ha! I just bought a book on Fidrych and can't wait to get at it. Just wish I would have been able to read it before starting this replay, but.......

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06/22/17 04:40 AM

August 20, 1976

Minnesota at Detroit, doubleheader
Attendance: 17,385

Rusty Staub belts a two run homer in the bottom of the 6th inning, giving the Bird all the runs he needs. Fidrych out pitches Ed Bane, as the Tigers take game one.

Minnesota: 1-9-0
Detroit: 2-4-0

Minnesota: Bane and Borgmann

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

WP-Fidrych  13-5
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Game Two;

A big, seven run, 5th inning propels the Twins past Ray Bare and the Tigers in game two. Lyman Bostock has the big blow in the inning, a three run homer. Detroit gets back to back homers from Staub and Bill Freehan in the 8th to give the fans something to cheer about.

Minnesota: 11-16-2
Detroit: 5-9-2

Minnesota: Luebber, Burgmeier (9) and Wynegar

Detroit: Bare, Grilli (5), Laxton (5) and Freehan

WP-Luebber
LP-Bare  16-8

Steve Brye update: Brye was the DH in game one, hitting a double in four at bats. He did not play in game two.

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06/22/17 04:47 AM

August 21, 1976

Minnesota at Detroit
Attendance: 34,760  (Real Fidrych start)

The Tigers take a 3-2 lead into the 8th inning, but Steve Brye doubles in a run off of John Hiller to tie the game. The Tigers bail out Hiller with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 8th, thanks to Ron LeFlore's triple and Hiller holds the lead in the 9th.

Minnesota: 3-9-2
Detroit: 5-8-1

Minnesota: Redfern, Campbell (8) and Wynegar

Detroit: Ruhle, Hiller (8) and Wockenfuss

WP-Hiller  4-4
LP-Campbell

Steve Brye update: Brye went 1-4, with the RBI double in the 8th. He played in RF, batting 8th.

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06/22/17 04:52 AM

August 22, 1976

Minnesota at Detroit
Attendance: 14,979

Dan Ford hits a three run homer in a four run, 4th inning for the Twins. A late Tigers rally falls short, as the Twins win, 7-4, to split the series.

Minnesota: 7-16-2
Detroit: 4-12-2

Minnesota: Goltz, Aubury (8), Campbell (9) and Wynegar

Detroit: Lemanczyk, Grilli (6), Crawford (8) and Wockenfuss

WP-Goltz
LP-Lemanczyk  4-5

Steve Brye update: None, the Twins sat him out..........and still won.

Detroit splits the season series with the Twins, 6-6.

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07/14/17 08:40 PM

August 23, 1976

Chicago at Detroit
Attendance: 13,426

The southsiders come to Detroit. Dave Roberst faces Goose Gossage in what turns out to be a slug fest. The White Sox pick up 16 hits, while the Tigers pound out 18, hanging on for a 12-9 win. Ben Oglivie homers and drives in three runs, Ron LeFlore and Bill Freehan each have three hits for Detroit. Jim Spencer gets four hits and three RBI's for the White Sox, while team mates Brian Downing and Chet Lemon each get three hits. John Hiller gets knocked around in the late innings, but gets the save.

Chicago: 9-16-1
Detroit: 12-18-1

Chicago: Gossage, Forster (6), Vuckovich (7) and Downing

Detroit: Roberts, Laxton (7), Hiller (7) and Freehan

WP-Roberts  13-10
Save-Hiller  25
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07/14/17 08:45 PM

August 24, 1976

Chicago at Detroit
Attendance: 9,503

Not a real life Fidrych start in real life, the Bird gets his wings clipped by a three run out burst in the Chicago 8th inning. Rusty Staub has three hits and Mickey Stanley hits a two run triple, in vain.

Chicago: 5-8-0
Detroit: 4-8-0

Chicago: Brett, Hamilton (9) and Essian

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

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07/14/17 08:49 PM

August 25, 1976

Chicago at Detroit
Attendance: 39,884

A late Tigers rally falls short, as the White Sox hang on for a 5-3 win and take the series. Chuck Scrivener homers in a losing cause for the Tigers.

Chicago: 5-11-1
Detroit: 3-5-0

Chicago: Johnson and Downing

Detroit: Bare, Crawford (7), Grilli (8) and Wockenfuss

WP-Johnson
LP-Crawford  1-4

Detroit finishes 6-6 against the real life, A.L. worst, White Sox.  

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07/14/17 08:54 PM

August 27, 1976

Detroit at Oakland
Attendance: 5,884

The Tigers head west for the last time this season. Despite a shaky start from Glen Abbott, the A's take advantage of an even shakier start from Dave Roberts. Billy Williams hits a two run homer and Phil Garner hits a solo shot for the A's, as the Tigers fall, 6-2.

Detroit: 2-5-1
Oakland: 6-12-0

Detroit: Roberts, Grilli (8) and Freehan

Oakland: Abbott, Lindblad (8), Fingers (9) and Tenace

WP-Abbott
LP-Roberts  13-11

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07/14/17 08:59 PM

August 28, 1976

Detroit at Oakland
Attendance: 9,252

Mark Fidrych versus Vida Blue. What a duel, as the 1-1 tie goes into extra innings. Blue works 11 innings, Fidrych racks up 12. Ben Oglivie hits a pinch hit triple in the top of the 13th and scores on Rusty Staub's basehit off of Rollie Fingers. John Hiller strikes out the side in the bottom of the 13th to save the win.

Detroit: 2-9-0
Oakland: 1-9-2

Detroit: Fidrych, Hiller (13) and Kimm

Oakland: Blue, Fingers (12) and Tenace

WP-Fidrych  14-6
Save-Hiller  26
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