Detroit Tigers to wear snazzy 1945 throwbacks Wednesday


It is just a few months short of 70 years when Hank Greenberg, Rudy York, Hal Newhouser led the Detroit Tigers to their second World Series title, and second in 11 seasons, defeating the Chicago Cubs in a seven-game series.

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That year was also notable as the Second World War ended in both Germany and Japan.

The Tigers and Cubs will wear throwback jerseys in their Wednesday night game on the site of the last Cubs’ World Series game to date, played on October 10, 1945. Detroit won that game 9-3 with a complete game by Newhouser, who coasted after his offense put up five runs in the first inning.

The Tigers will be wearing the familiar script “Detroit” in a slightly different format and color. Instead of the usual orange with blue accents, the gray jersey will feature all navy blue elements.

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No blue pinstripes for Chicago, instead they will go with a blue cap with a red C and a red, white and blue Cubs logo on the chest.

This will no doubt energize the Cubbies’ fans in attendance as they are hoping to get into the postseason for the first time since 2008. Of course they will have to fight off Tigers’ fans who swarm Wrigley on the rare occasion these two teams play each other in the Windy City.

The Tigers and Cubs actually have quite an intriguing Fall Classic history with each other. The Cubs won their last World Series title at the expense of the Ty Cobb-led Tigers in 1908. Detroit repaid the favor 27 years later, winning the franchise’s first ever championship against Chicago.

Ten years later these teams tangled again in October, which is what will be remembered Wednesday night.

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