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07/06/16 08:15 PM

I love this quote from Rico Carty:


He made his first start in the Tigers' 24th game of the season, on May 15 against the Cleveland Indians, and only because the scheduled starting pitcher had the flu. Fidrych responded by throwing six no-hit innings, ending the game with a 2–1 complete game victory in which he gave up only two hits. The first hit he gave up was a single to Buddy Bell. Fidrych drew attention for talking to the ball during the game‚ and patting down the mound each inning. After the game, Rico Carty of the Indians said he thought Fidrych "was trying to hypnotize them."

- Wikipedia (Mark Fidrych)

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07/09/16 09:10 AM

I remembering listening to that game on the radio. When I heard that a rookie was starting, I figured - "easy win". And then he just kept mowing my Indians down.

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07/10/16 03:55 PM

May 9, 1976

Chicago at Detroit
Attendance: 12,250

Joe Coleman tries for his first win of the season and at first, things look good. Detroit scores three runs in the bottom of the 2nd, helped by Mickey Stanley's two run homer, and Coleman holds the White Sox to just a single hit thru the first three innings. But Jorge Orta homers in the 4th, then back to back errors by Sutherland and Staub had the Sox another run in the inning. Orta doubles in the 6th and scores to tie the game on Buddy Bradford's triple. Pete Varney's homerun starts the White Sox to a 2 run, 7th inning, as Chicago goes up, 5-3. Detroit's bullpen takes over in the 8th and the roof caves in, the walls collapse, the floor gives way, you name it, it happened. Bradford's second triple of the game (he had two all year) and Jack Brohamer's two run homer lead to three runs in the 8th. Bill Laxton can't find the plate in the 9th and the White Sox end up with 6 more runs before Jim Crawford can get the final two outs. After the early trouble, Wilbur Wood floats his way thru the Tigers lineup.

Chicago: 14-15-0
Detroit: 3-7-2

Chicago: Wood and Varney

Detroit: Coleman, Grilli (8), Laxton (8), Crawford (9) and Freehan

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07/10/16 04:02 PM

May 11, 1976

Detroit at New York
Attendance: 12,123

The Tigers face the Yankees for the first time this season. Lefty Dave Roberts gets the call, while Ed Figueroa starts for New York. With one out in the 1st inning, Alex Johnson walks, scores on a Rusty Staub triple (can you picture that?) and Willie Horton brings in Staub with a sacrifice fly. That's all, as Roberts is on fire, retiring the last 18 batters in a row. Roberts allowed just 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out no one, as he allowed the Detroit defense (OMG) do the work.

Detroit: 2-6-0
New York: 0-4-1

Detroit: Roberts and Freehan

New York: Figueroa, Pagen (9) and Munson

WP-Roberts  2-2
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07/11/16 12:33 AM

Even though the Tigers defense is wretched, they are major leaguers plying their craft and bringing it against the Yankees! Please allow me to share the quality of leather, Jim: (c) Bill Freehan-3, Bruce Kimm-4; (1b) Jason Thompson-4; (2b) Pedro Garcia-4; (ss) Tom Veryzer-3; (3b) Aurelio Rodriguez-1; (lf) Ben Oglivie-4; Alex Johnson-4; (cf) Ron LeFlore-3; (rf) Rusty Staub-4. And then there is Mickey Stanley: lf-1, cf-2, 1b-2, 2b-4, 3b-4, ss-4.

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07/17/16 11:49 PM

May 12, 1976

Detroit at New York
Attendance: 14,575

The Yankees take a 1st inning lead against Vern Ruhle on Munson's RBI single. Ron LeFlore's RBI single ties the game in the 5th, but the Yankees take the lead back in the bottom of the 7th on another Munson RBI single. Willie Horton crunches a two run homer in the top of the 8th to give the Tigers the lead. John Hiller makes the lead hold, as the Tigers make it two in a row over the Yankees.

Detroit: 3-6-0
New York: 2-8-3

Detroit: Ruhle, Hiller (8) and Freehan

New York: Ellis, Tidrow (9) and Munson

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07/17/16 11:55 PM

May 13, 1976

Detroit at New York
Attendance: 14,920

The Tigers score one run in the 4th, Horton homers again in the 6th and LeFlore drives in a pair of runs in the 7th, before the Yankees are able to touch Ray Bare for a single run in the bottom of the 7th. Hiller handles the final two innings, as the Tigers sweep the Yankees in New York (how sweet it is!).

Detroit: 4-9-0
New York: 1-9-0

Detroit: Bare, Hiller (8) and Wockenfuss

New York: May, Pagen (7), Martinez (9) and Munson

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Detroit is now 11-11 on the season.

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07/18/16 12:03 AM

May 14, 1976

Cleveland at Detroit
Attendance: 14,092

Joe Coleman looks for his first win of the season against the Indians. Cleveland starts off fast, with a three run homer by George Hendrick in the top of the 1st. The Tigers come right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 1st. The Indians score twice more in the 2nd and only a double play keeps it from being worse. Bruce Kimm makes his debut with a triple and a run scored in the bottom of the 2nd for Detroit. Coleman is knocked out in the 3rd, as the Indians score four more runs to take a 9-3 lead. Willie Horton homers for the third straight game in the 3rd inning and Rusty Staub brings home a run in the 5th and Jim Crawford shuts the door on the Cleveland attack, but it's too late, as the Tribe rolls to an 9-5 win.

Cleveland: 9-13-0
Detroit: 5-9-0

Cleveland: Peterson, Thomas (7) and Ashby

Detroit: Coleman, Crawford (3) and Kimm

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07/19/16 05:21 AM

0-7! I can't believe my Cubbies are about to rent that guy.

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07/23/16 02:58 PM

May 15, 1976

Cleveland at Detroit
Attendance: 14,583

Seldom used rookie, Mark Fidrych gets a spot start today. Willie Horton gives Detroit the lead with a 1st inning, RBI single off of Pat Dobson. George Hendrick touches Fidrych for a two run homer in the top of the 4th to give Cleveland the lead. The Tigers throw away a bases loaded chance to score in the 2nd inning, but tie the game up in the bottom of the 5th, thanks to Rusty Staub's RBI single. Alan Ashby's RBI single in the top of the 9th gives Cleveland the lead, 3-2. The Tigers, who had left runners on base in every inning, go down in order against fireballer, Jim Kern in the bottom of the 9th.

Cleveland: 3-6-1
Detroit: 2-8-0

Cleveland: Dobson, Kern (9) and Ashby

Detroit: Fidrych and Kimm

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07/23/16 03:07 PM

May 16, 1976

Cleveland at Detroit
Attendance: 51,650

A nice crowd is on hand as the series wraps up on Sunday afternoon. Dave Roberts starts against Jackie Brown, the former Texas Ranger. Staub drives in a 1st inning run with a sacrifice fly and Jason Thompson drives in two more with a double, as the Tigers jump out to an early lead. Staub singles in another run in the 5th, then doubles home two more in the 7th. Roberts takes a shutout into the 9th, but loses it on Duane Kuiper's RBI single. Both Kuiper and Frank Duffy, weak hitters, pick up three hits apiece today for Cleveland.

Cleveland: 1-9-1
Detroit: 6-11-1

Cleveland: Brown, Buskey (7) and Ashby

Detroit: Roberts and Freehan

WP-Roberts  3-2
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The Tigers have gotten some nice pitching recently and they'll need it to continue, as Boston rolls into town on Monday.

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07/25/16 12:24 AM

Complete games could be the norm for The Bird. Maybe he'll get more run support next time. I love the Fidrych-Kimm battery. 

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07/25/16 08:31 AM

Jackie Brown was one of the worst pitchers I ever saw at Cleveland. Any time I saw him live, he was toasted. Just bad memories of him.

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07/28/16 09:17 PM

Remember David Clyde, the world-beater? I felt so sorry for that kid.

"You're either on the bus or off the bus," Ken Kesey

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07/31/16 01:56 PM

TK,


Very interesting season so far.  The Tigers own the Yankees but can't get by Cleveland.  I remember '76 was the summer of the Bird and "Frampton Comes Alive."

"Do you, YOU! Feel like I do?"

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08/28/16 02:20 PM

May 17, 1976

Boston at Detroit
Attendance: 11,757

Jason Thompson, Alex Johnson and Willie Horton all homer for Detroit. Yaz homers and Cecil Cooper and Dwight Evans hit RBI triples for Boston, as the Red Sox outlast the Tigers, 7-6.

Boston: 7-12-2
Detroit: 6-14-2

Boston: Tiant, Willoughby (8) and Fisk

Detroit: Ruhle, Grilli (7), Laxton (8) and Freehan

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08/28/16 03:12 PM

May 19, 1976

Boston at Detroit
Attendance: 13,252

Despite homeruns from Willie Horton, Jason Thompson and Chuck Scrivener, the Red Sox roll to a 7-4 victory and a series sweep.

Boston: 7-13-0
Detroit: 4-9-1

Boston: Jenkins and Fisk

Detroit: Coleman, Grilli (5) and Wockenfuss

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08/28/16 03:18 PM

May 21, 1976

Detroit at Baltimore
Attendance: 12,184

Dave Roberts and Jim Palmer craft a pitchers duel. Detroit jumps out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning, but the Orioles get single runs in the 5th and 7th innings to tie the score. The Tigers have chances to retake the lead, but ground into inning ending double plays in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings. The game ends when Bobby Grich hits a two out, two run homer in the bottom of the 10th off of Roberts.

Detroit: 2-9-1
Baltimore: 4-9-1

Detroit: Roberts and Wockenfuss

Baltimore: Palmer and Duncan

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08/28/16 03:22 PM

May 22, 1976

Detroit at Baltimore
Attendance: 16,337

Another close game results in a Baltimore victory. Reggie Jackson homers in the 1st inning for Baltimore,

Detroit: 2-10-1
Baltimore: 3-7-3

Detroit: Ruhle, Hiller (8) and Wockenfuss

Baltimore: Grimsley, Miller (8) and Duncan

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