“Something is in the air in Detroit. It’s contagious. It’s glorious, and it just gets better every day,” wrote Charles Green of the Associated Press as the Tigers closed out the first month of the 1984 season. “Tigermania has Detroit, and a good part of the rest of Michigan, by the throat and the victims are euphoric.”
The electricity in the air at Tiger Stadium reminded fans of 1968, when the Tigers last won it all, and 1976, when eccentric rookie Mark “The Bird” Fidrych captured fans’ hearts and national attention. The Tigers won their first nine games of 1984 and 16 of their first 17. Jack Morris threw a no-hitter on national TV on the season’s first weekend. Alan Trammell hit .400 through the first three weeks. A grueling 19-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians on April 27 was just the second blemish on the Tigers’ record. After bouncing back with a win over the Indians the next day, the Tigers’ record stood at 17-2 with one game left in April.