• Gibby hit one here.
  • Reggie crushed one against the light tower here.
  • Dave Bergman jacked one down the line here in '84 against Toronto, maybe the best at bat ever.
  • Watched the Bird sitting here.
  • Best seats and best and rowdiest fans in baseball sat here.
  • Cecil Fielder blasted a few over the roof here, giving a hero to all us fat guys.
  • Most importantly, Bill Freehan tagged out Lou Brock in '68. Willie Horton threw the strike from left field.

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At this very spot, some of the greatest to ever play the game, played right here. Under a blue Michigan sky they crafted their legend. From the deadball era of Ty Cobb to the steriod era of "My head didn't get bigger, my hat shrunk" Barry Bonds, the greats of the game played.

I figure most of us folks in Detroit have a fond memory, or two, of this place. I saw Ron Leflore in the midst of a 30 game hitting streak, sitting down the first base line. Out in the left field stands I watched the Bird win a game sitting next to my brothers and our old man. I took my daughter to her first game in 1982. She was still an infant, it was early June and the old park was still as cold as a meat locker. In the last year of the park, my son and I attended a game. We moved all around the stadium, finishing up in my favorite part, the upper deck bleachers, right to the left of the flag.

I truly loved that place.

LindaB., farlane, Dawn Menter, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Brian Callahan (Luxgnos.com) 55 months ago | reply

    Ahh...nostalgia. Great shot with a terrific sky.

  2. moved to http://www.flickr.com/photos/_insomniac/ 55 months ago | reply

    So many memories, i'm sure. Great shot

  3. LindaB. 55 months ago | reply

    Nice shot, I haven't been down to see it since the last of it came down. Love your commentary in the notes too. I remember watching The Bird (RIP) pitch every home game his opening season, so much fun.

  4. SCOTTS WORLD 55 months ago | reply

    Awesome shot, that sky is fantastic!

  5. farlane 54 months ago | reply

    Hey Scott - featuring this on Michigan in Pictures today - thanks for adding to the Absolute Michigan pool!

    I sat on that first base line and saw one of Leflore's first home games as a rookie. His beating out the throw for a hard hit infield single remains one of my all-time favorite baseball memories!

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