"The American National Game of Baseball, Grand Match at Elysian Fields," by Currier and Ives, 1866. From the Library of Congress.

For One Week in 1867, Detroit Was the Center of the Baseball World

Long before it was known as the Paris of the Midwest, and more than a decade before it claimed its first major league team, Detroit set its sights on becoming the center of baseball—at least for a week. Just two years after the end of the Civil War, the city made its mark on the new sport by hosting the “World Base Ball Tournament.”

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Empty seats in the upper deck at Tiger Stadium, 2007

Joe Falls: What I’ll Miss About Tiger Stadium (From 1999)

The thing I will miss most about Tiger Stadium are all the empty seats. Not on game day. But when the game is over. How many days, how many nights, did I sit in the press box when the game was over and our work was done and look out at the empty stadium. The ushers and guards had gone home and the groundscrew was finished with their work and all that remained were those empty seats. Those lovely empty seats.

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Kuenn’s Crown: A Look Back at Harvey Kuenn’s 1959 Batting Title

On April 17, 1960, on the eve of the new baseball season, the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians executed a blockbuster trade. The Tigers’ Harvey Kuenn [pronounced “KEEN”] went to Cleveland in exchange for Rocky Colavito. On the surface, it was a normal exchange of outfielders, but the reality is that the league’s batting champ was traded for the league’s home run leader. On April 17, 1960, on the eve of the new baseball season, the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians executed a blockbuster trade. The Tigers’ Harvey Kuenn went to Cleveland in exchange for Rocky Colavito. On the surface, it was a normal exchange of outfielders, but the reality is that the league’s batting champ was traded for the league’s home run leader. Kuenn had hit a hefty .353 and Colavito had scored forty-one home runs.

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