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Vic_doucette
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 5:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Briggs Stadium ... August 4, 1956 ... Tigers v. Yankees in 8mm glory ... enjoy!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=5wI yhY0u4kM
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Bulletmagnet
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 5:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice job on the vid, Vic_doucette. Where did you dig it up?.
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Irish_mafia
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great video! Especially after last nights melt down against the Sox.

Wasn't Virgil Trucks one of the few Tigers to throw a no-hitter?
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The_rock
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 7:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Great 8mm "video", vic. Many thanks. Even caught a quick peak at the old Detroit Lions business offices that were then located on Michigan Avenue across the street from the ball park.
Trucks threw two no-hitters in the same year ( 1952). He lost nearly 20 games that year, and the Tigers finished in the cellar.
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Luckycar
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 8:47 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think my eyes welled up a few times watching this.I kept thinking of my grandfather and dad and uncle sitting there in that great old park watching the Tigers.Those lousy stinking Yankees,I wasn't born for another year and I already hated them!Anyway thanks for making my day.
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Richard_bak
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 11:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Vic, nice footage. Would it be possible to get in touch with you? I'm working on an hour-long documentary on the Detroit Lions of the 1950s and a good portion of the film involves nonfootball aspects of Detroit in its heyday.
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Xd_brklyn
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 11:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Very cool. Great seeing film clips of Mantle at his peak and Al Kaline as a kid at the old ballpark. Thanks so much.
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Johnlodge
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 12:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That's the "Band of Brothers" theme. I know because I just rewatched them all.
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Jimg
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 12:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Richard,

Am a great admirer of your books, if you need anything relating to jazz I'd be honored to help.
JamesJazz at aol.com
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Rjk
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 12:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

One of the radio stations interviewed Virgil Trucks last year after Verlander pitched the no-hitter. 90 years old and as sharp as could be.
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Ray1936
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When Mantle and Kaline hit their round-trippers and they crossed the plate, NONE of their team mates high-fived them. They all SHOOK HANDS! Can you imagine anything so mundane? :-)

Seriously...what a wonderful clip. Thank you,Vic. Warm memories.
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Patrick
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Cery cool indeed. Those were just a few of Mickey's MANY right field blasts. Some of the longest homeruns ever hit were by Mickey at Tiger Stadium
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Club_boss
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 5:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

A rare find and a treasure.
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Whithorn11446
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"When Mantle and Kaline hit their round-trippers and they crossed the plate, NONE of their team mates high-fived them. They all SHOOK HANDS! Can you imagine anything so mundane? :-)"

Yes, and then a bunch of them probably went to what was then known as the Lindell Hotel Bar for a "few" drinks after the game.
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Vic_doucette
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 6:06 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Mr. Bak -- first, let me join my friend Jimg in telling you how much -- and for how long -- I have admired your work. You're mighty, mighty good.

The footage was mentioned on another board I frequent, and I decided to share the link to it here. I didn't shoot it and I don't own the rights to it -- perhaps you can get more information from the YouTube page itself.

And I'd be useless to you concerning football, especially Lions football.
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Marauderkev
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 7:39 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fabulous footage. Thank you.
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Richard_bak
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 9:27 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

OK, Vic, thanks. I'm discovering YouTube is a godsend for finding old footage.

So, no Hunchy Hoernschemeyer anecdotes, eh...?
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Jleurck
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Posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 11:47 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Vic_doucette, thanks so much for posting this. This is "holy grail" stuff for a Tiger fan (or ANY baseball fan interested in the pre-expansion "golden era"). My earliest memories of seeing the Tigers goes back to 1967, so I never really got to see Al Kaline in his prime, not to mention Mantle. I have to regularly remind guys in my office sports trivia mailing group that for every old-time NL fan that thinks Roberto Clemente was the greatest defensive right fielder that ever lived, there's someone from Detroit who will tell you it isn't so (and have a valid argument)! I'm going to check this out again (for the fifth time). Thanks again for posting the link!
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Vic_doucette
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 7:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Richard (and everyone else),
Here's another, more recent video of a very special baseball league I'm helping with for the fifth straight season -- the Miracle League of Michigan. We do it a little differently than the guys did at Michigan and Trumbull, but we have more fun than you can imagine.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=OTo ryAOPtvM

You can get more information at www.michiganmiracle.org, or you may contact me at vdoucette at crain dot com.

Opening Day is May 31!
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Richard_bak
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Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 9:03 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I've heard/read about the Miracle League. You guys should be proud. The kids deserve it.
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Ditman
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 1:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bless You, boys for the video. Great memories. I could take the Fenkell Av bus from our house(Ward Av btwn Meyers&Shaeffer) right to the stadium. Also saw many Lions game at the stadium including the 57 championship.
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Kenp
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Posted on Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Cool stuff.
Was it just me or did the 2nd guy in the group of four at the beginning walking toward the camera look like Lee Harvey Oswald or what?
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Sturge
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 8:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was hoping to find the boxscore for this game. I found a site that has a bunch but they don't start for the Tigers until 1958.

http://www.baseball-boxscores. com/

EDIT: Sweet I found it! http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/DET/DET195608040.shtml

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Gnome
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Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 - 11:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

On the May 15th or 16th of 1952 Virgil 'Firetruck' Truck pitched a no-hitter in front of almost 4000 Detroiters.

The rest were in front of old City Hall at Michigan and Woodward listening to Gen Doug MacCarthur. Mac then went out and looked at the Belle Isle Bridge that had been re-named for him.
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Jjaba
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 1:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Gnome, excellent story.

Careful now,it was Briggs Stadium in 1956.

We went on Sundays since that's when dad could take us. He preferred upper deck, Sec. 23 or 24.
At Cass Tech. we would play hooky in the afternoon, and walk over to Briggs Stadium for daygames. No telling how many greats we saw.

The accomodation for Al Kaline is classic in Detroit baseball lore. Kaline's Corner was carved out for him since he could get to that corner in a flash. Nobody had an arm like him to the plate or third base.

jjaba, Briggs Stadium memories, and thanks for the video.
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Gnome
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 8:58 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

jjaba:

from the wsu virtual library. Gen MacArthur on steps of old city hall

MacArthur at city hall
MacArthur and wife
Macarthur Parade

DetNews article about Virgil Trucks
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Dannyv
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Posted on Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 2:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The best part of the film was the idea of shooting some footage of his friends going out together. Occasionally, the filmmaker would pan his friends seated along side him, in the moment, enjoying themselves. The sports footage brought to mind the film, A Bronx Tale, about a boy who becomes friendly with a neighborhood mobster. The boy is a Yankees fan and a huge Mickey Mantle fan. The mobster questions the worth of such loyalty and asks the boy "what did Mickey Mantle ever do for you?" Well, you can ask that question of any of your sports heroes and come back wanting.
The film is a tribute to good friends with whom he enjoyed the pleasure of their company.
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Sharms
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Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 - 1:22 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Wonderful film.....I could smell the beer, red hots and popcorn. Kaline with 5 rbi to beat the Yankees....and as someone mentioned above, you can bet they all met up with many of the Yankees at the Lindell after the game.

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