In One Picture: Missing Tiger Stadium
I was lucky enough to see a game at Tiger Stadium way back in 1994 when I visited my Michigan cousins in suburban Detroit
. Tiger Stadium was a real baseball experience, unlike the fake retro brick style started by Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards and then brazenly copied by other cities from San Diego to Arlington, TX. Set on the edge of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, Tiger Stadium was quirky, old, and creaking. It did not have the glamour and mystique that Wrigley Field and Fenway Park may have, but it did make for a great evening of baseball. Comerica Park may give the Detroit Tigers the revenues it needs to stay competitive with the Yankees of the world, but walking around the new park one evening, the new ballpark just does not compare in experience and authenticity.
Demolished several years ago, all that remains of Tiger Stadium are the field and some of the gates of Plaza 3. I walked around the area during a rainy day in Corktown; its too bad something more creative than demolition could have been considered for this old baseball shrine. At least Reggie Jackson’s 1971 All-Star Game home run
and Sparky Anderson’s charm live on in film. Perhaps they can turn the field into a farm
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The remains of Tiger Stadium, Corktown, Detroit
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