This auction contains a collection of signed baseballs and other memorabilia that celebrate the 1968 Detroit Tigers. The 1968 Tigers won 103 games during the regular season and they went on to win the World Series in dramatic fashion, beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4 games to 3.
The 1968 Tigers were led by 18 time All Star and Hall of Famer, Al Kaline. Denny McClain won 31 games in 1968 and was named the Cy Young award winner after the season ended. He is the last pitcher in either league to win over 30 games. Mickey Lolich won 17 games during the regular season but excelled in the World Series, pitching 3 complete game wins and was named the MVP of the Series.
This auction includes eight signed baseballs from key Tigers on the 1968 team. The signed balls are from:
Al Kaline the leader of the team from 1954 to 1974. Kaline was named to Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1980.
Willie Horton supplied the power for the Tigers in 1968, hitting 36 home runs while batting .285. Horton finished 4th in the American League MVP voting.
Mickey Stanley played outfield for most of the season but was moved to shortstop for the last nine games of the season and for the entire World Series. This move has been rated as one of the top ten managerial moves of the 20th century.
Jim Northrup was an offensive threat for the Tigers in 1968. He hit five grand slams in 1968 including one in game six of the World Series.
Gates Brown was a pinch hitter extraordinaire for the Tigers in 1968. He led the league in pinch hits and batted .370 for the Tigers.
Bill Freehan was the starting catcher for the All-Star game and finished second in the AL MVP voting behind Denny McClain.
Denny McClain had record of 31-6 with an ERA of 1.96 in 1968. He was named the AL MVP for 1968.
Mickey Lolich was the Tiger’s number 2 pitcher during the 1968 season. He stepped up big during the World Series with 3 complete game wins.
The ninth signed ball in this auction is from Bob Gibson. Bob Gibson was one of the most intimidating pitchers in baseball during that era. In 1968, he was as dominating in the National League as McClain was in the American League. He had a record of 22-6 with an ERA of 1.12. Gibson like McClain won the Cy Young Award and the MVP for his league. It is fitting for this Celebration of the 1968 includes the great nemesis of the Tigers in the 1968 World Series, Bob Gibson. Gibson was elected to the Hall of Fame after he retired.
In addition to the nine signed baseballs, this auction also includes eight (8) 1969 Topps baseball cards featuring the highlights of the Tigers 1968 World Series Championship. Each set of Topps baseball cards features the previous year’s World Series. The baseball cards in this auction features the highlights from each of the seven games and the final card which raps up the World Series. These cards are in individual plastic frames so that you can display them next to the signed baseballs.
This auction also features a photo of the turning point in the 1968 World Series. In game five, the Tigers were down 3 games to 1. The turning point of the Series occurred in the top of the fifth inning. The speedy Lou Brock was on 2nd base with the Cardinals leading 3 to 2. Julian Javier drives a single to left field. With Brock flying around third, Willie Horton fields the ball on one hop and fires the ball towards home plate. Bill Freehan sees that the throw is on line and yells to Don Wert to let it go through. Lou Brock has not slid into home all season and comes in standing up this time as well. The ball arrives a split second before Brock. Brock collides with Freehan but Freehan holds onto the ball. Umpire Doug Harvey calls Brock out. The Tigers went on to win Game 5 by a score of 5 to 3. The Tigers also won Games 6 and 7 in St. Louis to take the championship. The photo in this auction features this pivotal play at homeplate. The photo has facsimile autographs from both Brock and Freehan. Freehan included the annotation “He should have slid”.
The final part of this auction is a framed photo of the World Series program cover showing an aerial view of Tiger Stadium.
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