“The Tigers and Their Dens: The Story of the Detroit Tigers,” co-authored by John McCollister and Todd Miller, is a 240-page book that covers the most significant players and events in the history of the franchise, beginning with the team’s founding in 1894.
Here is an excerpt from the chapter on the 1968 World Series championship team:
“Throughout the 1968 season, the baseball gods blessed the Tigers beyond measure as they won 40 games in the seventh inning or later, including 30 in their final at-bat. Prior to the start of the Fall Classic, Manager Mayo Smith had a problem. What should he do with Al Kaline? After an errant pitch on May 25 broke the arm of the Tigers' right fielder, an outfield alignment of Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley and Willie Horton proved effective. Kaline, sensing his manager's dilemma, volunteered to step aside, but Smith had another idea. In a bold move, he brought Stanley in from center field to play shortstop, replacing weak-hitting Ray Oyler. Stanley, a Gold Glove outfielder, had appeared in only nine games at shortstop during his five years in the majors.
“On October 10, Game 7 was scoreless for six innings. In the top of the seventh, Northrup hit a screaming line drive to deep center for a two-run triple. Eventually, the Tigers scored two more runs. By a 4-1 score, they became World Champions. No die-hard Tigers fan will ever forget the 1968 club. Some claim it was the best team in Tigers history. They may be right.”
“The Tigers and Their Dens” is published by Lyons Press.