The Detroit Tigers played their first season of Major League Baseball in 1901. During that inaugural season which saw the Tigers finish third in the American League with a 74-61 record, their best pitcher was Roscoe Miller who was 23-13 with a 2.95 ERA. Though Miller or any of the other Tigers starting pitchers from that …
There is no question that the Detroit Tigers have one of the most storied histories in all of Major League Baseball. Not only have they won four World Championships since their inaugural season in 1901 but they have also had some great teams that came up just short of raising a trophy.
Many times in athletics, ascending to the top of the mountain can take a lot out of individual players and a team as a whole. One team very familiar with that exact scenario is the 1985 Detroit Tigers. That team was charged with the monumental task of defending its title in a very competitive American League East.
When it comes to the Detroit Tigers, there is one phrase that just about every fan recognizes and relates to the team. Some recognize the phrase because they lived through it and others because of stories they’ve been told.
Tigers fans often wonder how great Mark Fidrych might have been had injuries not derailed his short-lived career.
Fidrych steamrolled baseball in 1976, winning 19 games and led the American League in ERA at 2.34. But in 1977, the phenom’s road to greatness hit a road bump that would eventually lead to the end of his once promising career.