Remembering 1984: Tigers fans share their fondest memories
It's been 30 years since the Detroit Tigers went to the World Series and won.
The franchise is honoring that last championship squad Monday night with a celebration prior to the game against the Oakland A's.
A large group of former players is expected to attend the ceremony, including: Rod Allen (now the TV color commentator on Fox Sports Detroit broadcasts), Doug Bair, Doug Baker, Juan Berenguer, Dave Bergman, Tom Brookens, Darrell Evans, Barbaro Garbey, John Grubb, Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker.
Former coaches Dick Tracewski and Alex Grammas are scheduled to attend, as well.
[PHOTO GALLERY OF 1984 TIGERS]
The National Anthem will be sung by Ray Parker Jr., whose hit song "Ghostbusters" came out in 1984.
Gates open at 5 p.m., and the first 20,000 through the turnstiles will get a commemorative road jersey from the 1980s. The franchise asks that fans be in their seats by 6:30 p.m. for the start of the ceremony. There is a question-and-answer session from 5-6 p.m. in the Big Cat Court.
We at The Oakland Press have been asking for your remembrances for the past few weeks, and here are some of them:
@matthewbmowery can Chet lemon still play center?
— Thomas J VanZandt (@VanZandtJ) June 29, 2014
@matthewbmowery Bergman fouling off pitch after pitch after pitch then hitting walkoff home run vs Blue Jays on Monday Night Baseball
— Scott Frenzel (@Michigan_Man35) June 25, 2014
@matthewbmowery trammel, Louuuuuuuuuuu and Mr. Chet lemon were awesome to me when they came to Lakeland for spring training
— Da_Boltz (@Da_Boltz) June 25, 2014
@matthewbmowery My dad and I were on the right field upper deck railing for the AL clincher, and, behind home plate for the WS clincher !
— Timothy Steere (@TimothySteere) June 19, 2014
@matthewbmowery Vindication on the school bus and Trammell on the cover of SI in my elementary school library.
— Tiger Exile in MN (@tigerexile) June 19, 2014
@matthewbmowery Remembering (barely) that I was 30 years younger then....[To view the comments on the Facebook posts, click on the comments symbol below the picture]
— Jerry Swider (@bassetcats1) June 19, 2014