Tigers legend Lolich, reporter Gage to speak at HFCL Nov. 1

DEARBORN – The Henry Ford Centennial Library will bring in former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich and journalist Tom Gage at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1.

This event is free and open to the public.

Both are authors of the recently released “Joy in Tigertown: A Determined Team, a Resilient City, and our Magical Run to the 1968 World Series.”
Fifty years on, the 1968 World Series remains one of the most iconic in Major League history, a seven-game star-studded gauntlet that fittingly capped off a season for the ages in Detroit.

The series featured St. Louis Cardinals ace Bob Gibson in MVP form; Mr. Tiger himself, Al Kaline, coming through at the plate with heroic timing; and Lolich shouldering unimaginable weight — three complete games pitched in a single series. It was baseball at its best, and baseball when and where it was most needed.

Told with the vibrant first-hand perspective of Lolich, and the expertise of Gage, an award-winning Detroit journalist, this is the remarkable saga of the 1968 season that culminated in Tigers glory.

Incorporating new reflections from players and personnel, “Joy in Tigertown” traces such achievements as Denny McLain’s 31-win season and the remarkable slugging performances of Kaline, Norm Cash, Willie Horton, Jim Northrup and Bill Freehan.

The presentation will include a question-and-answer session, and copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.