Tigers Stadium Strikes Out


January 20, 2011

It's where four world series were won. It's the place where Babe Ruth hit his 700th homerun, and where Lou Gehrig ended his record for consecutive games. Tonight, it's strike three for fans hoping to save historic Tiger Stadium. My TV 20's Dave Leval shows us why.

Clarence Baker is getting a last look an old friend, and he's not happy. The remains of Tiger Stadium will be demolished as soon as possible.

Clarence Baker/Tigers Fan
"You need something like this of value to show Detroiters we have something here people will come to pay."

Members of Detroit’s Economic Development Corporation have given the go ahead to get rid of the ballpark. They claim members of the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy did not meet the requirements to save the building. The decision caught Conservancy members by surprise.

Tom Linn/Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy
"These projects are difficult. You may have noticed the economy is a little difficult."

Tony Perez/Tigers Fan
"It's kind of sad seeing a piece of history like this looking in such disarray."

Most baseball fans know this historic ballpark as Tiger Stadium. That was not always the case.

Bennett Park opened in 1896 opened on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue one year after the Tigers began play. Team onwer Frank Navin opened Navin Field in 1912. That would last until 1938, when the name changed to Brigg's Stadium, before it finally became Tiger Stadium in 1961.

Frank Puente/Tigers Fan
"Al Kaline, Jim Bunning, I remember all these guys from the 1950's, a piece of history I'll never forget."

Even as the Tigers old home is about to become a vacant lot. In Detroit, Dave Leval, My TV 20 News at 10.

Navin Field opened the same day as Boston's historic Fenway Park. The Tigers old ball park saw the team the World Series in 1935, 45, 1968 and 1984. The Detroit Lions called it home from 1938-1974.

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