Memorable Detroit Tigers TV moments
The Detroit Tigers return to the World Series Wednesday for the first time since 2006 (7:30 p.m. on Fox/5). And while they may not have as much pop-culture resonance as the team they defeated to get to the Fall Classic, the Tigers have had a few memorable TV moments. Here are three:
*Tom Selleck was born in Detroit and even though his family moved to Sherman Oaks, Calif., when he was young, the actor has been a lifelong Tigers fan. (In 1992, Selleck took an at-bat in a Tigers spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds -- and struck out.)
On his hit show "Magnum, P.I.," Thomas Magnum often wore a Tigers cap to go along with his Hawaiian shirt. One 1983 episode of the series featured a guest appearance by the Tigers' great double-play duo of Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker. (The episode's premise was that Magnum had left Hawaii to work on a case in Detroit.)
*"Tiger Town" (1983) was the first made-for-TV movie produced for the Disney Channel and starred Roy Scheider as an over-the-hill player for the Tigers, and Justin Henry as a young fan who believed in him. Most of the film was shot on location at Tiger Stadium.
*In 2000, after the Tigers moved to Comerica Park, Tiger Stadium filled in for Yankee Stadium for the HBO movie "61*," which dramatized the 1961 home-run battle between Bronx Bombers Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. (The pilot of the Detroit-set HBO series "Hung" featured the stadium's 2009 demolition in its opening scene.)