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Baseball in Michigan

Batter Up! Baseball in Michigan

Michigan has a great sports history, but the oldest tradition is the great American pastime, BASEBALL!  Think you’re a superfan?  Scout for books and other materials in the Library of Michigan’s collections about the game, the players, the managers and coaches, and the venues. 

Other than Major League Baseball

Did you know the Tigers wasn’t the first or only professional baseball club in Michigan?  Read about the fore-runners of professional baseball and other competitive clubs, leagues and teams that entertained fans in Michigan and beyond.

Bak, Richard. Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars : the Negro leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933.1994.
MICH GV 865 .S795 B35 1994

Hawkins, Joel and Terry Bertolino. House of David baseball team. 2000.
BX 7990 .H75 H39 2000

Lester, Larry and Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark. Black baseball in Detroit. 2000.
MICH GV 863 A1 L477 2000

Morris, Peter. Baseball fever : early baseball in Michigan. 2003.
MICH GV 863 .M52 M67 2003

Okkonen, Marc. Minor league baseball towns of Michigan : Adrian to Ypsilanti the teams & the ballparks of the Wolverine State from the 1880s to the present. 1997.
MICH GV 863 .M5 O41 1997

Baseball in the D! 

Detroit Tigers history takes the field in these books about the team and its legacy.

Cantor, George. The good, the bad, and the ugly Detroit Tigers : heart-pounding, jaw-dropping, and gut-wrenching moments from Detroit Tigers history. 2008.
MICH GV 875 .D6 C34 2008

Detroit Baseball Company. Baseball centennial souvenir, 1839-1939: Detroit in baseball… 1939.
RARE GV 875 .D6 D4 1939

Dillman, Danny. Hey kid! : a Tiger batboy remembers. 2007.
MICH GV 875 .D6 D455 2007

Folsom, Burton W. What segregation did to the Detroit Tigers. 1997.
MICH JK 5801 .V5 no. 97-10

Green, Jerry. Year of the Tiger: the diary of Detroit’s world champions. 1969.
MICH GV 875 .D6 G7

Hawkins, Jim and Dan Ewald and George Van Dusen. The Detroit Tigers encyclopedia. 2003.
MICH GV 867 .D6 H37 2003

Parrish, Lance and Phil Pepe. Few and chosen : defining Detroit Tigers greatness across the eras. 2010.
MICH GV 875 .D6 P37 2010

Take me out to the ballgame!

Comerica Park is just the latest venue built for Detroit Tigers.  Circle the bases with these works and learn more about ballparks and stadiums within the ‘mitt’-en state.

Cohen, Irwin J. Tiger Stadium. 2003.
MICH GV 416 .D488 C64 2003

Falls, Joe. So you love Tiger Stadium too (give it a hug). 1999.
MICH GV 875 D6 F344 1999

Pahzenhagen, Tom (ed.) and Mike Thompson (illus.) Corner to Copa : the last game at Tiger Stadium, the first at Comerica Park. 2000,
MICH GV 416 .D488 C67 2000

Smith, Curt. Storied stadiums : baseball’s history through its ballparks. 2001
MICH GV 879.5 S64 2001

Root, root, root for the Tigers!

Step up to the plate and get to know Michigan baseball players, managers and announcers.

Detroit Tigers managers: Ty Cobb, Sparky Anderson, Mickey Cochrane [2010].
MICH GV 875 .D6 D483 2010

Ewald, Dan. John Fetzer, on a handshake: the times and triumphs of a Tiger owner. 1997.
MICH GV 865 F417 E85 1997

Gallagher, Kevin J. From Cobb to Kell to Kaline [sound recording]. 1991.
MICH AV GV 875 .D6 G3 1991

Keegan, Tom. Ernie Harwell : my 60 years in baseball. 2002
MICH GV 742.42 .H39 K44 2002

Jordan, David M. A Tiger in his time : Hal Newhouser and the burden of wartime ball. 1990.
MICH GV 865 .N48 J67 1990

Rucker, Mark. Detroit aces : the first 75 years. 2005.
MICH GV 865 .N48 J67 1990

Impemba, Mario. If these walls could talk : Detroit Tigers : stories from the Detroit Tigers dugout, locker room and press box. 2014.
MICH GV 875 .D6 I67 2014

Ask about obtaining copies of any of these materials as well as additional research by calling the Library of Michigan reference desk at (517) 335-1477 or emailing