Tiger Stadium was a landmark and a true historical treasure that belonged to the city of Detroit for nearly a century. The stadium was home to the Detroit Tigers and saw many great players including the legendary Ty Cobb. The stadium was also home to the Detroit Lions for many years and a great many unforgettable NFL memories were created there as well.
Here is a look back at 17 fun facts about Detroit’s once awesome but now gone Tiger Stadium.
-The stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. In 1938 it was renamed Briggs Stadium. In 1960, it was once again renamed, this time to the name most know it by, Tiger Stadium.
-The address of Tiger Stadium is 2121 Trumbull Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48216.
-Tiger Stadium closed for good on September 27th, 1999 though demolition of the structure would not begin until 2008.
-The stadium was owned by the Detroit Tigers from 1912 to 1977 and then by the City of Detroit from 1977 to 2009.
-In 1989, the stadium was added to the United States National Register of Historic Places.
-Tiger Stadium opened on April 20th, 1912… the same exact day as Boston’s Fenway Park.
-The Detroit Tigers won the final baseball game played in Tiger Stadium when they defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on September 27th, 1999.
-The Tigers final game was won by a grand slam home run by Robert Fick. This made it the final hit, home run, and RBI in the long history of the stadium.
-The vast majority of the HBO movie 61* that dramatized the 1961 home run chase between Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris was filmed at Tiger Stadium during the summer of 2000. The stadium was completely repainted to resemble Yankee Stadium.
-Other films that had scenes shot at Tiger Stadium included Raging Bull, Renaissance Man, Hardball, The Irishman, and Tiger Town.
-In rapper Eminem’s music video for his song “Beautiful”, parts of the demolition of Tiger Stadium is shown.
-The first night game at Tiger Stadium took place on June 15th, 1948. Only Chicago’s Wrigley Field went longer without lights.
-There were 11,111 home runs hit at Tiger Stadium.
-Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in Tiger Stadium.
-The last game of Lou Gehrig’s career, the one where he took himself out of the game due to his ailing from what would become known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, occured in Tiger Stadium on May 2nd, 1939.
-Tiger Stadium was home to the 1941, 1951, and 1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Games.