Tiger Stadium was an iconic piece of architecture in my childhood. We went there a lot and I have amazing memories of the sounds and smell of the ballpark. For people in my parents generation the stadium meant even more – if you lived in Detroit you witnessed two world championships in 1968 and 1984. You also witnessed the race riots of which Tiger Stadium was a major backdrop in the heart of downtown Detroit. Through all the good and the bad the stadium remained constant. Here lies ‘Gate 4’ of the stadium that meant so much to so many people.
Home Plate and the pitching mound are still largely intact as is the flag pole in the distance – all which have stood the test of time. My father told me that everything is left as is so the home plate that rests out there now in its current location is the same home plate where Babe Ruth took his cuts, where Kirk Gibson hit his dramatic walk off home run to win the world series and where the iron horse (Lou Gehrig) ended his consecutive games streak at 2,130 games (thought at the time to be unbreakable until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995). Alot of amazing moments happened within the confides of ‘Gate 4’ and I’m happy to say that I was lucky enough to witness some of them.
Photo of the Day – The Magic of Gate 4
Interested in watching a short (five minute) review of some historic Tiger Stadium moments? Watch the video below.