It’s been almost 43 years but 1968 seems like yesterday for fans of the Detroit Tigers. In the midst of civil unrest, an escalating war in Vietnam and tough times in their hometown, the Tigers turned an entire state on its collective ear.
Denny McLain won 31 games but Mickey Lolich was no slouch either. In fact, it was his pitching that helped the Tigers to the 1968 World Series title. Lolich won three games in the series, allowing just five earned runs and pitching three complete games, including the decisive game 7.
The affable 71-year-old lefty hurler is still a popular autograph guest, whether it’s at a card show or a store grand opening.
He was done by 1980, so an entire generation has grown up never having seen him toe the rubber, but Tiger fans are Tiger fans and whether they remember him in action or not, Lolich always makes sure to leave them with a positive experience.
He talked with the Flint Journal during a signing session at a local store, sharing an incredible story about how a couple of fans in a war zone followed Game 7 against the Cardinals.