Tiger Stadium, in pictures

August 16, 2007

Aerial View of Tiger Stadium

Tiger Stadium #1, found by m7k7k7

Many folks in Michigan have a piece of their heart stored at the Corner of Michigan & Trumbull. Wikipedia’s Tiger Stadium entry says the ballpark located in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit hosted the Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team from April 20, 1912 when it opened as Navin Field, through its expansion in 1938 when it was renamed Briggs Stadium (and began hosting the Detroit Lions as well) through 1961 when John Fetzer took control and renamed it Tiger Stadium. It saw two World Series championships, 1968 and 1984 and was the home of the Tigers until Comerica Park opened in 2000. It was declared a State of Michigan Historic Site in 1975 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1989.

And it’s scheduled for demolition in October of 2007.

From honorary bat boys spending a few moments with a player to huge and cheering crowds, this ballpark has made millions of memories.

Now it waits for the wrecking ball, slowly falling to pieces. I don’t think that too many want to remove the Tigers from their palatial new home, but it would (in my opinion at least) be a wonderful thing if Ernie Harwell and his group could succeed in preserving a scaled-down park at the Corner so none of us have to say goodbye to an old friend (and maybe The Last Strike at Tiger Stadium wouldn’t actually be the last).

Here’s a whole lot more photos in the Tiger Stadium group on Flickr. If you have any photos (or memories) to add, post a comment below!

Read Ernie Harwell’s plan for Tiger Stadium on Absolute Michigan.

5 Responses to “Tiger Stadium, in pictures”

  1. paulhitz Says:

    great write-up and links

    its so hard to believe that they would tear it down entirely…or partially

    this needs all the attention it can get

  2. Steve Says:

    I can remember being there in 1961. I had a bad case of Hives due to being allergic to a prescription I was takeing as a kid. I was in the Cub Scouts and we traveled from Hesperia to Detroit to see a ball game. I just wished I wasn’t ill when I was there but I remember being it the stands watching about where third base was. Its too bad about it being in such sad shape, too many important places are being bull dozed down for progress. Such a shame

  3. Kent Kochenderfer Says:

    This ballpark is a beacon of stately elegance, . . She may be tarnished, . . but still, a treasure.

    The city of Detroit and the entire nation were consumed by the social upheaval of the 1960’s, . . yet this stadium was a sanctuary , . . There are few cathedrals that harbor the spirit and soul of so many.

    Tiger Stadium and the old bones of Briggs are an unparralled venue, . . possesing grace, stature, and beauty, . .

    A Defining work of American Architecture, it stands as a symbol of, and witness to, 20th century industry and social progress.

    In my many visits to Tiger Stadium, . . in the eyes and innocence of a ten year old boy, I became hypnotized by the magical and unique qualities of this ballpark. Rarely have I seen greener grass grow,. .

  4. big D Says:

    If Ernie Harwells can pull this off I will be the first one to sign up for saving her. Hundreds of thousands of fans would donate $100-$500 to make the corner sacred again.

  5. farlane Says:

    Sports Illustrated reports:

    Retired Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell has withdrawn his proposal to revive the long-vacant Tiger Stadium as a venue for boxing, amateur football and amateur baseball with 10,000 to 14,000 seats.

    Instead, he said that he is backing a less ambitious plan that would save the playing field and about 3,000 seats, the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News reported.

    In July, the 89-year-old Hall of Fame member endorsed a more ambitious plan for the park that has stood at the site since 1912 but saw its last Tigers game in 1999. Team owner Mike Ilitch moved the ballclub to Comerica Park in 2000.

    On Monday, Harwell and lawyer Gary Spicer announced that they are joining the board of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy, a nonprofit group backing the more modest preservation plan.

    The announcement removes a source of opposition to Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s effort to begin demolishing the stadium.


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