This Date In Royals History – September 27, 1999
There are rare occasions when the game on the field becomes almost secondary to the circumstances of when and where it is played. The Royals were part of just such an occurrence at the close of the 1999 season.
On Monday, September 27, 1999, the Royals were the visiting club in the very last game played at venerable Tiger Stadium in Detroit. The legendary landmark at ‘The Corner’ of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Boulevard opened on April 20, 1912 – the same day as Fenway Park’s debut in Boston. It was at Tiger Stadium (then known as Briggs Stadium) where Lou Gehrig took himself out of the Yankees line-up on May 2, 1939 due to a mysterious ailment which ending his consecutive games streak at 2,130 - he would never play another major league game. Needless to say it was a historic ballpark and the Tigers closed it with an 8-2 win over the Royals ten years ago.
Coincidently the last remnants of Tiger Stadium came crashing down just days ago in Detroit.
Just A Bit More: Next week the Royals will be on the road to close out the run of another major league ballpark. Barring a rally in the final week to pass the Tigers for the American League Central Division title (which is certainly not out of the question), the last game at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome will see the Royals and Twins battle next Sunday, October 4 at 1:10pm.
I’m sure the emotions won’t run nearly as high for that one. The Metrodome, though home to two World Champion Twins clubs, will never be confused with a baseball cathedral like Tiger Stadium. Here’s hoping that the new Target Field is finally a great ballpark for the Twins and their loyal fans.
(Curt Nelson, Director – Royals Hall of Fame)