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AROUND TOWN: Tracewski Back In Motown For 50th Anniversary Of World Series Win

September 16, 2018

When Dick Tracewski returned to Detroit last weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of the Tigers’ 1968 World Series championship, it was held at Comerica Park, a park that opened in 2000, long after the Eynon native’s playing days in the majors were over. But perhaps one of the greatest treats of his return — aside the time spent with his 13 surviving teammates — was the opportunity to see what had become of the Tiger Stadium where he and the likes of Al Kaline, Denny McLain, Mickey Lolich claimed the ’68 title, outlasting Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, with Lolich winning three of those games. “What was nice, they took us out to old Tiger Stadium,” Tracewski said. “They tore it down but retained the field and put some bleachers on it. They redid the field with artificial turf and kids can come and play there.” Tracewski recites the dimensions of the old park — 340 to left, 440 to center and 325 to short porch in right — like he’s still sitting in the dugout, and he’s pleased with what’s become of the stadium where he won two of his four World Series rings. “They retained all of that and did a fantastic job with the field,” Tracewski said. “We wandered around field and renewed some memories. It was a fabulous ballpark and I loved it. “Now those kids can say, ‘This is where Al Kaline played. This is where Ty Cobb played.’ ” That was part of a weekend that brought back the remaining players from that team as the St. Louis Cardinals came to town for an interleague series. “Normally, these kinds of reunions happen late June, July and the first week of August,” Tracewski said. “But since the Cardinals were coming in, they had it after the kids went back to school. “They did it right. They dressed the Tiger club in road uniforms and made them dress exactly like we dressed with shorter pants and everything. And when they presented each of us with our World Series trophies, current Tigers carried them out and presented them to us.” All part of what turned out to be a perfect weekend, with more than 30,000 turning out for the festivities, about 7,000 more than an average game this season. “We had a great time,” Tracewski said. “The Tigers outdid themselves. There are only 14 of us left from that ballclub but they treated us great. “They really went all out. It was nice. I saw a lot of guys and we had a good time.” DV at Barclays Delaware Valley boys basketball coach Kris Holtzer announced the Warriors will play East Stroudsburg North at the Barclays Center, home to the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, on Dec. 21 at 2:30 p.m. The Nets host Indiana at 7:30 that evening. Tickets for the day are available by reaching out to Holtzer at holtzerk@dvsd.org. That’s a really nice opportunity for the kids. Better yet for Nets fans, who will have a chance to see some good basketball. Contact the writer: mmyers@timesshamrock.com; 570-348-9100, ext. 5437; @mmyersTT on Twitter

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