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Recalling two Tigers’ title teams/years

March 9, 2016

The Detroit Tigers’ last two World Series victories came in Presidential election years, 1984 and 1968.

In 1984 the club managed by George “Sparky” Anderson roared to a (35-5) start and never looked back to win the A.L. East and eventually the ALCS and World Series.

Their victory in 1968 was stirring in that the city had been divided by race riots the year before, a season in which the Tigers’ bid that eventually fell short in a great American League pennant race, helped heal the city.

Volatile 1968 was a united effort in the city of Detroit. So many years later, amidst the horrors that took Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, there is some positive memory involving Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich and 31 game winner Dennis McLain and the Tigers winning it all.

 

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