By Bill Dow for the Detroit Free Press:
The Free Press called it “the greatest slugfest ever witnessed.”
How the game unfolded and ended was so unbelievable that even a Hollywood screenwriter couldn’t concoct it.
But this story isn’t just about possibly the most amazing game in the Tigers’ 114-year history. This is a story about an idyllic childhood spent at a major league ballpark, an unbreakable bond of friendship across eight decades and a never-ending love for the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
For Mickey Briggs and Elliott Trumbull — plus Mickey’s brothers Walter and Jimmy — their personal playground growing up after World War II was the ballpark owned by and named after Mickey’s grandfather, Walter O. Briggs.