The 1984 Celebration

The Tigers will be trying to clinch a playoff spot and celebrate the last Detroit World Series Champion when the Twins come to town next week. On September 28th the franchise will honor the 1984 team with a 25th anniversary celebration.

The roster includes 24 member of that club, including trainer Pio DiSalvo. The lineup is:

Rod Allen (OF)
Doug Bair (RHP)
Juan Berenguer (RHP)
Dave Bergman (INF)
Tom Brookens (INF)
Darrell Evans (INF)
Barbaro Garbey (INF/OF)
Kirk Gibson (OF)
Johnny Grubb (OF)
Guillermo Hernandez (LHP)
Larry Herndon (OF)
Ruppert Jones (OF)
Jack Morris (RHP)
Lance Parrish (C)
Dan Petry (RHP)
Dave Rozema (RHP)
Bill Scherrer (LHP)
Alan Trammell (INF)
Milt Wilcox (RHP)
Sparky Anderson (Manager)
Roger Craig (Pitching Coach)
Dick Tracewski (Infield Coach)
Gates Brown (Hitting Coach)
Pio DiSalvo (Trainer)

It’s an impressive collection. The most notable omission is Lou Whitaker, which is a little disappointing since he’s my favorite all time Tiger. I’d suspect this is a Lou decision which is unfortunate.

For those heading down to the game, the gates will open a half hour earlier than normal at 5 p.m. Fans have the opportunity to interact with members of the 1984 Tigers from 5:15-6:10 p.m. either during a question and answer session in the FS Detroit Brushfire Grill or during photo opportunities at Sections 125 and 144. Additionally, the first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a free 1984 Detroit Tigers replica road jersey, sponsored by Frito-Lay, and throughout the game hundreds of fans will have a chance to win 1984 autographed memorabilia.


  1. David G

    September 25, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Why would Sweet Lou be out?

  2. Kramer

    September 25, 2009 at 12:12 am

    “I’m rich. What am I supposed to do, hide it?”
    -Detroit Tiger Lou Whitaker, arriving in a stretch limo for a players’ union meeting during the 1994 baseball strike.

    –that’s when Lou ripped my heart out and turned me away from baseball for five years.

    • Andrew

      September 25, 2009 at 11:02 am

      Yep, he was one of my favorite Tigers before he said that. That’s one of those things that is bad enough to think in your head, but to say it is just wrong.

  3. fanny

    September 25, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Chet Lemon, wonder where he is, maybe there is still time.

  4. PHT in HK

    September 25, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I hope I am wrong, but this seems to have “jinx” written all over it…

  5. Coleman

    September 25, 2009 at 2:01 am

    Hmm, maybe Rusty Kuntz could call in sick from his KC job and sneak in…

    I suppose HoJo’s coaching duties may be preventing him from coming also?

    • Andre in Chi

      September 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

      Oh. My. Goodness.

  6. Vanguy

    September 25, 2009 at 4:24 am

    If not for injuries, The Bird would have been the 30-year-old ace of the 1984 staff.