The Tigers of 68: Baseballs Last Real Champions by George CantorIt has been 50 years since this improbable World Series victory by the Detroit Tigers (the Cards were 8-5 favorites). I was only a little kid during this series but I still remember watching a game with my classmates in the school gymnasium (all world series games back then were day games). I still have fond feelings for some of the players like Norm Cash, Willie Horton, Mickey Lolich, and Al Kaline. This book is a Tiger fans dream as Cantor does a wonderful job in describing the 68 season (but also putting it in context with Detroits Race Riots of 67) and describing the baseball and real lives of this unique group of players.
1968 World Series
Thus, Game Seven would be for all the marbles. Bob Gibson, St. He was more than ready to go. Now Mayo had to start somebody against Gibson. Earl Wilson, Game Three starting pitcher, was due up. And Mickey Lolich? The Tigers had won three games, and Mickey had won two of them.
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Louis Cardinals , with the Tigers winning in seven games for their first championship since , and the third in their history. The Tigers came back from a 3—1 deficit to win three in a row, largely on the arm of MVP Mickey Lolich , who as of [update] remains the last pitcher to earn three complete-game victories in a single World Series. The three World Series wins were duplicated by Randy Johnson in , but Johnson started only two of his games. In his third appearance in the Series, Lolich had to pitch after only two days' rest in the deciding Game 7, because regular-season game winner Denny McLain was moved up to Game 6 — also on two days' rest. In Game 5, the Tigers' hopes for the title would have been very much in jeopardy had Bill Freehan not tagged out Lou Brock in a home plate collision, on a perfect throw from left fielder Willie Horton , when Brock elected not to slide and went in standing up.