At 1pm today, the Major League Baseball Network presents Detroit Tiger Mark “The Bird” Fidrych’s complete game against the New York Yankees from June 28, 1976. I won’t give away the score, but Tiger fans will enjoy the game.
I’m watching the game as I write this. Though he’d managed the Yankees for 11 years, Ralph Houk was in the middle of five years managing the Tigers. Meanwhile, Billy Martin had the Yankees helm. That year he’d take the Yanks to the World Series, but Tigers fans remembered Martin as Tigs manager from 71 to 73. He’d been fired in August of 73 for telling his pitchers to throw at batters.
I’d forgotten that Le Grande Orange played for the Tigers for a few years. Bob Uecker worked the game in the booth as the color/comedy man.