A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium
On April 28, 1896, baseball fans traveled in horse-drawn buggies to watch the Detroit Tigers play their first baseball game at the site on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull Avenues. Starting out as Bennett Park, a wooden facility with trees growing in the outfield, Tiger Stadium has played a central role in the lives of millions of Detroiters and their families for more than a century. Bennett Park was torn down and replaced by a concrete and steel structure named Navin Field in 1912, was expanded and renamed Briggs Stadium in 1938, and finally was given the name Tiger Stadium in 1961.
Richard Bak traces the importance of the corner of Michigan and Trumbull in the history of Detroit and its people. During the last century, millions of fans have come to Michigan and Trumbull to watch the Tigers' 7,800 home games, as well as to attend numerous Other sporting, social, and civic events, including high school, collegiate, and professional football games, prep and Negro league baseball contests, political rallies, concerts, and boxing and soccer matches.
A Place for Summer covers baseball in Detroit from its beginnings in the 1850s through the Tigers' 1997 season, and offers a history of Detroit's playing grounds before Bennett Park, including the Woodward Avenue cricket grounds, the original Detroit Athletic Club, Recreation and Boulevard parks, and the many places where the Tigers played bootleg games on Sundays at the turn of the century. Bak presents attendance records from the Tigers' Western League days onward and a complete account of every opening day since 1896. A chapter is dedicated to the football Panthers of the 1920s and their more enduring successor, the Lions, who playedat Michigan and Trumbull through 1974.
A companion to the narrative history, almost two hundred rare photographs capture the spirit of 140 years of baseball in Detroit, from photographs of Detroit's nineteenth-century diamond pioneers, to an eighteen-year-old Ty Cobb in his rookie year, to baseball's first "stadium hug" on April 20, 1988, when more than a thousand fans encircled Tiger Stadium. A Place for Summer furnishes a sense of the relationship between the community, its teams, and the various fields, parks, and stadiums that have served as common ground for generations of Detroiters, especially timely in view of the upcoming erection of a new stadium downtown.
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Good history of the stadium. Much better than Queen of Diamonds.
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