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Just in Time for the Detroit Tigers Season Opener – A Blast from the Past

March 30, 2012

If you’re a Detroit Tigers fan, you’re probably pretty excited about the opening of the season next week.

You can’t wait to head to Comerica Park for Thursday’s home opener against the Boston Red Sox.

But many fans – particularly the older ones – can’t help feel a pang of regret about a few things that are missing. Perhaps someone like the late, great Ernie Harwell. Or the welcoming confines of the ballpark that used to stand at Michigan and Trumbull.

Allow us at Priceless Photo Preservation to give you a chance to relive those days, even if it’s just for a minute or two.

Below is a home video of a June 17, 1996 game between the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland A’s, played at (cue the nostalgic sigh) Tiger Stadium, the team’s home between 1912 and 1999. This is part of a project we’re doing for a local family to digitize their Hi-8 (camcorder) tapes.

Oakland won the game 8-4 in 10 innings. But don’t expect to see much of what transpired that night in this short clip. The Tigers almost break the 4-4 tie in the 6th, but strand a runner on third. The Tigers’ Cecil Fielder (the estranged father of new Tiger star Prince Fielder) strikes out. So does the A’s Terry Steinbach.(For full details of the game, go to’s  incredibly comprehensive box score.)

As we look forward to a new season for the defending AL Central champs, I think a lot of us would agree: It sure is nice to see Tiger Stadium again.

Even if it’s just for a few moments.

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