Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The first time I ever attended a Major League baseball game was in 1957.
The Detroit Tigers VS. The Baltimore Orioles, at Briggs Stadium, aka. Tiger Stadium!
Throughout the years I've attended dozens of games at that hallowed park on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
Anyway it's now Comerica Park, but thats another story.....
If you've ever attended a game, it's a thrill if you ever get close enough to catch a baseball hit into the stands, whether it's fair OR foul.
In 1984, the last year that the Tigers won a World Series, I attended a regular season game in April. I had seats right behind the rightfield foul pole, and all ground foul balls hit down the first base line, travelled along the wall, right past me and my crazy buddy Tim Haley. The second or third time this happened he said to me..."Grab my belt in the back and do NOT let go"!
Boom...He dove over the rail head first, and grabbed a loose foul ball! I hauled his ass back into the stands, and we had our First Souvenier!
We repeated this scene three times during the game, until an usher came down and told us to quit. So I had this ball from that year, and the night they won the Pennant, I took a Sharpie and wrote the date on that foul ball to commemorate the event!