#AtoZ 1968 – “D” is for the Detroit Tigers


“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.

Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers won the 1968 World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals four games to three. It was the Tigers’ first championship since 1945.

The Tigers came back from a 3–1 deficit to win three in a row, largely on the arm of MVP Mickey Lolich. In his third appearance in the Series, Lolich had to pitch after only two days’ rest in the deciding Game 7, because regular-season 31-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.

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BONUS MUSIC!

Here’s the #80 song on Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 singles of 1968

“Elenore” by The Turtles