The Detroit Tigers won Game 7 of the 1968 World Series on October 10, 1968. It was an exciting 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, one that stayed scoreless for six innings until Jim Northrup lined a two-run triple over the head of Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood. The Tigers added a couple of insurance runs, and starter Mickey Lolich shut things down from there to earn his third win of the series.
We linked to a quick piece about the 1968 championship team on Wednesday, but there are more goodies to share. The Free Press has a treasure trove of pictures from that day, including newspaper headlines — which were awesome back in the day — and pictures from the locker room celebration. The Detroit News sat down with writer Brendan Donley, author of the book An October to Remember 1968: The Tigers-Cardinals World Series as Told by the Men Who Played in It. MLive’s Evan Woodberry live-blogged the Game 7 action as it would have happened, allowing fans to experience it in real time.
Buy one surgery, get one free?
The injury bug struck again this week, as both Christin Stewart and Jordan Zimmermann had core muscle repair surgery with Dr. William Meyers earlier this week. Meyers’ name is becoming all too familiar to Tigers fans, as he has performed (at least) five operations on Tigers players in the past six or seven years.
Both Zimmermann and Stewart are expected to be ready for spring training.
You have my attention...
7 Detroit breweries creating Faygo beer flavors for Fall Beer Festival https://t.co/TBZcpS7EXy— Detroit Free Press (@freep) October 11, 2018
The creations will be unveiled at the Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival in Eastern Market on October 26-27. Founders’ Scotch Cherry Whoop Whoop certainly has the best name of the bunch, but I think Atwater’s creation, “a Double Dirty Blonde with Faygo Orange and coriander,” sounds the best at first glance.
There’s baseball on today!
It feels like forever since Craig Kimbrel did his best Todd Jones impression in Boston’s series-clinching 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday, but the NLCS kicks off on Friday evening in Milwaukee. Our friends at Brew Crew Ball, True Blue LA, and the SB Nation mothership have been busy getting ready for this series, so click on over and just read everything they have to offer today.
Here are a few highlights.
- Everyone is rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers — us included!
- MLB is upset at the Brewers for taking their time in announcing their starting pitchers
- True Blue LA is worried about the Dodgers’ ability to score against Milwaukee’s bullpen...
- ...which is warranted because the Brewers’ ‘pen is a juggernaut.
- Grant Brisbee looks at just how well Milwaukee’s offseason went.
- He also (basically) roots for the Dodgers to make the World Series.
Let’s fight about something completely arbitrary
Where does Jack Morris rank in Tigers franchise history?
Where do you think Jack Morris ranks among #Tigers pitchers?— Motor City Bengals (@MCB_Tigers) October 11, 2018
There are lots of factors at play here. Longevity counts for something, but how much? And how is that weighed against a dominant peak (hey there, Max Scherzer) that didn’t last for more than a few years?