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Mickey Lolich from the Chronology
Jul 6, 1980 - Steve Carlton (14-4) becomes the major leagues' lefthanded strikeout king fanning 7 Cardinals in an 8-3 Phillies win to bring his career total to 2836. Mickey Lolich had held the record with 2832.
Dec 12, 1975 - The Mets trade OF Rusty Staub and P Bill Laxton to the Tigers for P Mickey Lolich and OF Billy Baldwin. Lolich leaves Detroit after 13 years and 207 wins and remains the teams career leader in games started‚ strikeouts‚ and shutouts.
Aug 11, 1973 - White Sox rookie Brian Downing cracks his first major league hit a home run off Detroit's Mickey Lolich. Downing's debut dinger is a first in the majors since at least 1945-an inside the park homer. It'll be matched in two years by the Giants Johnny LeMaster who will do it in his first at bat.
Apr 7, 1973 - Cleveland sets day-game and opening-game attendance records as 74‚420 fans watch the Indians beat the Tigers 2-1. Gaylord Perry is the winner over Mickey Lolich as Chris Chambliss and Mickey Stanley match homers.
Oct 2, 1972 - The Red Sox fall a half game behind Detroit losing 4-1 to Mickey Lolich before 51518 at Tiger Stadium. Trailing 1-0 in the 3rd Carl Yastrzemski hits a triple with 2 on but Luis Aparicio stumbles twice and scrambles back to 3B where Yaz is tagged out.
Sep 8, 1972 - Mickey Lolich wins his 20th game of the year as Detroit tips the Orioles 4-3. The Tigers jump on Jim Palmer (18-8) for 3 runs in the 1st inning. Seelbach pitches the last 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball for the save.
Sep 6, 1972 - Behind Mickey Lolich's 20th win Detroit beats the Orioles in Baltimore 4-3 in the tight pennant race. Lolich had failed in 5 previous outings to win his 20th.
Jun 27, 1972 - Mickey Lolich is staked to 4-0 lead when the Tigers hit 3 consecutive first-inning HRs against New York's Wade Blasingame making his AL debut. Tony Taylor leads off with a walk before Aurelio Rodriguez Al Kaline and Willie Horton wade in with homers to finish Blasingame. Lolich pitching on 2 days rest notches his 12th winning 5-2. Bobby Murcer's HR accounts for one of the Yank runs.
Oct 26, 1971 - Vida Blue wins the AL Cy Young Award by a 98-85 margin over the Tigers Mickey Lolich. Blue was 24-8 for the A's posting 301 strikeouts 8 shutouts and a 1.82 ERA. Ferguson Jenkins won the Cy Young Award in the NL.
Aug 21, 1971 - Mickey Lolich allows 6 hits as Detroit beats the Brewers 7-2. It is Lolich's 20th win of the year.
Jul 23, 1971 - Catfish Hunter is knocked out in the 7th inning but before he exits he drives in 4 runs as Oakland beats Detroit and Mickey Lolich 9-7. Sal Bando has 2 homers while the Tigers hit 4.
May 23, 1971 - With 53337 on hand Mickey Lolich and Les Cain with 3 innings from Joe Niekro notch shutouts as the Tigers sweep a doubleheader from the Senators 5-0 and 11-0. The loser in the opener is Denny McLain making his first appearance in Detroit since being traded. Kaline and Cash each hit 2-run homers off Denny with Cash adding another pair one with the sacks full in the nitecap.
Jun 21, 1969 - Willie Horton clubs 2 homers one a grand slam and drives in 6 runs to power the Tigers to a 9-5 win over the visiting Senators. Willie also gets nabbed by second baseman Tim Cullen on a hidden ball trick in the 5th. Mickey Lolich (8-1) is the winner allowing just 4 hits including a pair of homers.
Jun 9, 1969 - Mickey Lolich's 16 strikeouts in 9 innings ties the Detroit record he set May 23rd but the Tigers drop a 3-2 10-inning decision to Seattle. Pat Dobson is the loser. The only run off Lolich is a leadoff HR by Dick Simpson on the first pitch of the game.
May 23, 1969 - Mickey Lolich sets a Detroit record with 16 strikeouts while defeating Andy Messersmith and the Angels 6-3. Mickey Stanley's grand slam is the difference. Lolich's mark breaks the record of 15 set by Paul Foytack in 1956.
May 18, 1969 - Rod Carew steals 2B 3B and home in the 3rd inning of Minnesota's 8-2 loss to Detroit. Cesar Tovar also steals 3rd and home ahead of Carew and the 2 steals of home in an inning ties a ML record. Tovar pays a price when Mickey Lolich hits him in the head with a pitch in his next at bat.
Oct 10, 1968 - Mickey Lolich bests Bob Gibson and brings Detroit its first WS championship since 1945. The hefty lefty hurls a 5-hitter giving Detroit a 4-1 win.
Oct 7, 1968 - Mickey Lolich saves Detroit 5-3 with an unlikely assist from Lou Brock. On 2B in the 5th Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier's single and is gunned down by Willie Horton's throw. Al Kaline's bases-loaded single off Joe Hoerner in the 7th scores 2 for the winning margin. Jose Feliciano's modern rendition of the National Anthem before the game stirs controversy.
Oct 3, 1968 - Detroit's Mickey Lolich evens the Series with a 6-hitter and his first ML HR to defeat St. Louis 8-1.
May 17, 1967 - Detroit's Mickey Lolich stops the Yankees on five hits to win 4-2. Mantle has a homer and drives in both New York runs.
Apr 12, 1966 - At Yankee Stadium 40006 fans watch the Tigers edge the Yankees 2-1. The Yankees only score is Joe Pepitone's 5th inning homer off Mickey Lolich who strikes out 10 Yankees. Lolich with a career average of .075 leads off the 9th with a single which opens the door for the Tiger's winning run off Whitey Ford.
Aug 6, 1965 - After hitting 7-for-11 against the White Sox Mantle loops a homer off Mickey Lolich but Detroit tops the visiting Yankees 5-4. New York will win tomorrow and Mick will add another homer.
May 29, 1965 - Mickey Lolich's 10-inning win is Detroit's 2nd straight 2-hit 1-0 win against Cleveland.
Oct 1, 1964 - Detroit's Dave Wickersham in a bid for his 20th win is ejected by umpire Bill Valentine in the 7th inning of his final start. Wickersham gets the heave-ho for trying to get Valentine's attention by grabbing his shoulder during an argument with Norm Cash. Mickey Lolich enters the 1-1 tie and earns a 4-2 win.