A reader recently sent me a Tiger artifact he happened to come across. It is a pristine Tigers pocket schedule from 1972. Aside from this being a very thoughtful gesture from a generous stranger, the pocket schedule is a great way to look back in baseball time.
I scanned in the schedule, and the pictures are below.
The first thing I really noticed is how plain and simple it was. It had only 3 panels, front and back, and could easily fit in your wallet. It is a far cry from the 2005 pocket schedule. The 2005 edition is glossy and has Pudge on the front. It is four panels with an extra horizontal fold that makes it almost the size of a sheet of paper. While the newer version is much bigger, the only piece of additional relevant information is a seating chart.
The 1972 schedule also brought back memories of the old Tiger in the circle logo which was classic. The schedule itself also denotes the long since defunct “Ladie Day.” It also had schedule doubleheaders, Twi-night and conventional. Make sure to take note of the ticket prices, because if you had $4 you could buy yourself a box seat. You could by that seat either in person, by mail-order, or at the store formerly known as Hudsons.
I don’t remember when the Tigers abandoned the simple 3 panel schedule, but I wish they’d go back to it. The newer ones are just too bulky with too much wasted space. Unforunately, the chances of that happening are probably only slightly better than the chances of them returning to $4 box seats.
In any case, I just wanted to share this with you and thank Vern who sent it to me.