1968 - Game 7: Detroit Tigers @ St. Louis Cardinals
L: Lolich gets sprayed with champagne as he talks to the press. R: Tigers guzzle ch
After the 2014 World Series, Lolich was asked to compare his performance in the 1968 World Series with that of Madison Bumgarner, who won three games for the Giants in '14. Noting the fact that one of Bumgarner's wins came from a five-inning relief stint in Game Seven, Mickey replied: Great for him. He had a great World Series. But as far as comparison? It's not there.
The attendance totaled 379, 670.
Detroit celebrated the Tigers' first World Series championship since 1945.
The 1968 World Series ended an era. MLB added two teams to each league for the 1969 season and split both the AL and NL into two six-team divisions. That meant an added layer of divisional playoffs in each league.
Each of the 20 clubs could protect 15 players for the expansion draft. So the off-season brought a series of trades as team's reshaped their rosters before the draft. The Cardinals announced trades involving three players immediately after Game Seven.
The franchise that won the NL in 1964, '67, and '68 did not return to the post-season until 1982.
1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers
References: The World Series, David S. Neft & Richard M. Cohen (1990)
The Seventh Game, Barry Levenson (2004)
Stranger to the Game: The Autobiography of Bob Gibson, with Lonnie Wheeler (1994)
The Spirit of St. Louis: A History of the St. LouisCardinals and Browns, Peter Golenbock (2000)
The Way It Is, Curt Flood with Richard Carter (1971)
Stealing Is My Game, Lou Brock and Franz Schulze (1976)
I told you I wasn't perfect, Denny McLain with Eli Zaret (2007)
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