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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tigers to honor 30th anniversary of 1984 team with June 30 ceremony


DETROIT — The “Bless You Boys” team of 1984 will be given a 30th birthday party on Monday, June 30, and everyone who buys a ticket will be invited.

The Detroit Tigers will honor their most recent World Series championship team with an on-field ceremony prior to that night’s game against the Oakland Athletics.

The list of players scheduled to attend (subject to change) includes Rod Allen, Doug Bair, Doug Baker, Juan Berenguer, Dave Bergman, Tom Brookens, Darrell Evans, Barbaro Garbey, Alex Grammas, John Grubb, Dan Petry, Dave Rozema, Dick Tracewski, Alan Trammell (the Diamondbacks have an off day) and Lou Whitaker.

The first 20,000 fans through the door will get a replica road jersey from that era, but all fans can participate in a pre-ceremony question-and-answer session in the Big Cat Court from 5-6 p.m.

We’re going to do much the same, asking you to send in either your favorite memory is of the 1984 Tigers team, or what question you’d ask them (personal or embarrassing/inappropriate ones aside), if given the chance. We’ll try to pose the best questions to the players.

Email them to matt.mowery@oakpress.com.

Mine, if you’re wondering, is once asking Kirk Gibson how many thousands of copies of that iconic front-page image he’s signed over the years. His response, as he signed another? “Obviously not all of them.”

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