Denny McLain is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award, after he posts a 31-6 (.838) record for the World Champion Tigers. The 24-year-old Chicago native, who will cop the prestigious pitching prize again next season, will be also named this year’s AL Most Valuable Player.
August 5, 1941
Al Benton becomes the first major leaguer to have two sacrifice bunts in one inning. The Tiger right-hander accomplishes the feat in the top of third, an inning that features 17 batters coming to bat, in an 11-2 rout of the Indians at Cleveland’s League Park.
July 31, 1912
Ty Cobb goes 1-for-4 in Detroit’s 4-1 victory over Washington at Navin Field. The Tiger outfielder’s single is his 68th hit in 137 at-bats (.535) during July, the most ever collected in a single month by a major leaguer.
July 12, 1911
For the second time in his career, Ty Cobb completes the stolen base cycle in one inning when he steals second, third, and home in the first frame of the Tigers’ 9-0 victory over Philadelphia. Cobb will accomplish the feat four times, establishing a major league mark shared with Honus Wagner.
June 30, 2014
Joining Alan Trammel, who is at the ballpark as part of the team’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of its 1984 World Championship, Rajai Davis becomes just the second Tigers player since World War II to hit a game-ending grand slam with his team trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The 33-year-old outfielder goes deep off Oakland’s Sean Doolittle, who hangs a curve ball that gives Detroit the dramatic 5-4 victory in front of a sold-out Comerica Park.