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Eight memorable moments at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. Wochit
Fox Sports Detroit is continuing to show vintage games during the coronavirus pandemic, and this week, they are luring baseball-starved viewers by showing classics.
The lineup of games spans more than 40 years, from the 1976 Tigers to the 2017 version.
Here's the May 3-10 lineup, with all games at 8 p.m.:
Game 5 of the World Series vs. the Padres: The title-clincher is known for Kirk Gibson's two home runs and the iconic, eighth-inning photo of him after his game-sealing homer .
Mark Fidrych answers the cheering crowd of 47,853 at Tiger Stadium as he came back onto the field after the 5-1 win over the Yankees to acknowledge their chants of "We Want The Bird." (Photo: Craig Porter, Detroit Free Press)
Mark (The Bird) Fidrych vs. the Yankees on "Monday Night Baseball": He took the baseball world by storm as a 21-year-old, compiling a 19-9 record with a 2.34 ERA and MLB-best 24 complete games in 31 starts en route to the AL Rookie of the Year award and a second-place finish in Cy Young voting. In late June, in a nationally televised game — back when there were maybe two a week — at Tiger Stadium vs. the mighty Yankees, allowing seven hits .
Lance Parrish congratulates Jack Morris after the no-hitter. (Photo: Mary Schroeder, Detroit Free Press)
Jack Morris' no-hitter vs. the White Sox: The '84 Tigers famously started 35-5 en route to the World Series championship, and this game is the one that stands out the most during the opening run. In his second start of the season, Morris walked six and struck out eight in Chicago.
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Justin Verlander's no-hitter vs. the Brewers: Verlander's first career no-no came in front of the home fans , as he struck out a then-career-high 12 batters and walked four. It was the first no-hitter by a Tiger at home since Virgil Trucks in 1952.
Armando Galarraga's almost-perfect game vs. the Indians: Galarraga infamously recorded 28 straight outs, but the record books don't show it, after on what should have been out No. 27 in a 3-0 win.
Justin Verlander's no-hitter in Toronto: In his second career no-no, in a 9-0 win over the Blue Jays.
Justin Verlander celebrates the 3-0 win against the A's in Game 5 of the 2013 ALDS. (Photo: Julian H. Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press)
Game 5 of the ALDS in Oakland: In the series finale, Verlander starred in eight innings, striking out 10 against two hits for the second straight season.
Matthew Boyd's one-hitter vs. the White Sox: On a Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park, late in a forgettable season, in the ninth inning during a 12-0 win.
Look for more Tigers classics on FSD the following week, featuring the 2006 team's run to the World Series.
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