Remembering Navin Stadium

Fenway Park is not the only stadium celebrating its 100th anniversary today. Navin Stadium, the former home of the Detroit Tigers, opened its doors on April 20, 1912. The Tigers welcomed the Cleveland Naps featuring namesake Nap Lajoie and Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Shoeless Joe scored the first ever run at Tigers Stadium off of Tigers pitcher George Mullin who later hit a game winning single in the 11th inning. Both Opening Days at Fenway and Navin were scheduled for April 18, 1912 but postponed due to rain. The 1912 Tigers finished the year a dismal 69-84 while the Red Sox won an AL best 105 games en route to a World Series Championship.

Navin Stadium closed on June 30, 1999. It was demolished on September 21, 2009.  We remember it fondly.

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