Post Season Series
In the 1972 American League Championship, the Tigers faced the emerging Oakland Athletics.
Oakland, playing at home, won the first two games of the series.
Campaneris took offense at a ball that hit him in the ankle. The Oakland A’s shortstop thought it was intentional.
A fight ensued. True to form, Martin went after Campaneris and had to be restrained by teammates and umpires.
Both LaGrow and Campaneris received suspensions for the remaining games of the series. The remaining three games were played in Detroit.
Detroit won games three and four. Game three went into extra innings. After the A’s scored two in the 10th, Detroit came back and scored three runs to win it.
Unfortunately, that was the end for the Detroit team.
There were some heroics in the ninth, however, as Cash reached base. The Tigers, unfortunately, were not able to drive him in.
The A’s went on to win three straight American League titles.
The Tigers let manager Billy Martin go at the conclusion of the series. Detroit did not see another post season series until 1984.