Select a date:      
Thursday July 12, 1979
. . . where the 1970s live forever!

The Tigers defeated the White Sox, 4-1, in the first game of a Disco Demolition Night doubleheader, but the second game was called off because of fan disorder. In the game that was played, the Tigers scored a run in the first inning. Lou Whitaker walked and raced to third on a single by Rusty Staub, who stole second. When catcher Mike Colbern's throw sailed into center field, Whitaker came home. In the second, Jerry Morales reached first on an error by third baseman Jim Morrison, stole second and scored on a triple by Tom Brookens. Run-scoring singles by Morales in the third and Lance Parrish in the sixth completed the Tiger scoring.

After the game was completed, thousands of fans poured onto the field, preventing the second contest. Later, A. L. President MacPhail ordered the game forfeited to the Tigers. [The Sporting News]


Detroit Tigers 4, Chicago White Sox 1 (Game 1)

Game Played on Thursday, July 12, 1979 (Day game) at Comiskey Park I

Tigers       1  1  1    0  0  1    0  0  0  -   4  9  0
White Sox    0  1  0    0  0  0    0  0  0  -   1  5  2


Tigers               AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG      White Sox            AB   R   H RBI    BB  SO    AVG
LeFlore cf            5   0   2   0     0   0   .298      Bannister 2b          4   0   1   0     0   0   .327
Whitaker 2b           4   1   0   0     1   0   .295      Moore lf              4   0   1   0     0   0   .270
Staub dh              3   1   1   0     1   1   .229      Lemon cf              3   0   1   0     1   0   .302
Thompson 1b           4   0   0   0     0   3   .266      Johnson 1b            3   0   0   0     1   1   .296
Summers rf            3   1   2   0     1   0   .277      Nordhagen dh          3   0   0   0     0   0   .261
Morales lf            4   1   2   1     0   0   .236        Orta ph,dh          1   0   0   0     0   0   .227
Parrish c             4   0   1   1     0   1   .275      Torres rf             3   1   1   0     0   0   .288
Brookens 3b           4   0   1   1     0   0   .364        Washington ph       1   0   0   0     0   1   .278
Trammell ss           4   0   0   0     0   0   .276      Morrison 3b           4   0   0   0     0   3   .125
Underwood p           0   0   0   0     0   0   .000      Pryor ss              3   0   1   1     0   0   .286
  Lopez p             0   0   0   0     0   0   .000      Colbern c             3   0   0   0     0   0   .261
                                                          Howard p              0   0   0   0     0   0   .000
                                                            Farmer p            0   0   0   0     0   0   .000

Totals               35   4   9   3     3   5             Totals               32   1   5   1     2   5

Time of Game: 2:38   Attendance: 47,795
Left on Base: Tigers 7, White Sox 6
DP: Tigers 0, White Sox 2
Errors: Morrison, Colbern
Doubles: Bannister (14), Pryor (10), Moore (4)
Triples: Brookens (1)
Stolen Bases: Staub (1), Morales (1), Summers (2), LeFlore 2 (47)
GIDP: Brookens (1)


Tigers                 IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Underwood W(4-0)        7.2   5   1   1   2   3   0  30   3.43
Lopez SV(5)             1.1   0   0   0   0   2   0   4   3.00
Totals                  9     5   1   1   2   5   0  34

White Sox              IP     H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR BFP    ERA
Howard L(1-4)           5.1   6   4   2   2   4   0  25   3.67
Farmer                  3.2   3   0   0   1   1   0  13   4.94
Totals                  9     9   4   2   3   5   0  38

Umpires: HP - Dave Phillips, 1B - Dan Morrison, 2B - Dallas Parks, 3B - Durwood Merrill


TIGERS 1ST: LeFlore grounded out (third to first); Whitaker
walked; Staub singled to right [Whitaker to third]; Staub stole
second [Whitaker scored (error by Colbern) (unearned)]; Thompson
struck out; Summers flied out to left; 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E, 1
LOB.  Tigers 1, White Sox 0.

WHITE SOX 1ST: Bannister doubled to left; Moore grounded out
(second to first) [Bannister to third]; Lemon lined to
shortstop; Johnson flied out to center; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Tigers 1, White Sox 0.

TIGERS 2ND: Morales reached on an error by Morrison; Morales
stole second; Parrish flied out to left; Brookens tripled to
left [Morales scored (unearned)]; Trammell reached on a
fielder's choice [Brookens out at home (shortstop to catcher)];
LeFlore forced Trammell (third to second); 1 R (0 ER), 1 H, 1 E,
1 LOB.  Tigers 2, White Sox 0.

WHITE SOX 2ND: Nordhagen grounded out (second to first); Torres
singled to left; Morrison struck out; Pryor doubled to left
[Torres scored]; Colbern grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R,
2 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Tigers 2, White Sox 1.

TIGERS 3RD: Whitaker grounded out (first to pitcher); Staub
walked; Thompson flied out to right; Summers singled to second
[Staub to second]; Morales singled to right [Staub scored,
Summers to third]; Parrish struck out; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.
Tigers 3, White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 3RD: Bannister flied out to left; Moore grounded out
(third to first); Lemon grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 3, White Sox 1.

TIGERS 4TH: Brookens grounded out (third to first); Trammell
grounded out (shortstop to first); LeFlore flied out to right; 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 3, White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 4TH: Johnson struck out; Nordhagen flied out to left;
Torres flied out to center; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 3,
White Sox 1.

TIGERS 5TH: Whitaker grounded out (shortstop to first); Staub
was called out on strikes; Thompson struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0
LOB.  Tigers 3, White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 5TH: Morrison struck out; Pryor flied out to center;
Colbern flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 3,
White Sox 1.

TIGERS 6TH: Summers singled to right; Summers stole second;
Morales grounded out (third to first); Parrish singled to center
[Summers scored]; FARMER REPLACED HOWARD (PITCHING); Brookens
grounded into a double play (pitcher to shortstop to first)
[Parrish out at second]; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 4, White
Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 6TH: Bannister grounded out (shortstop to first);
Moore grounded out (shortstop to first); Lemon singled to left;
Johnson walked [Lemon to second]; Nordhagen forced Lemon (third
unassisted); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.  Tigers 4, White Sox 1.

TIGERS 7TH: Trammell flied out to center; LeFlore singled to
right; LeFlore stole second; Whitaker grounded out (shortstop to
first); Staub grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Tigers 4, White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 7TH: Torres flied out to right; Morrison grounded out
(third to first); Pryor popped to catcher in foul territory; 0
R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.  Tigers 4, White Sox 1.

TIGERS 8TH: Thompson struck out; Summers walked; Morales singled
to right [Summers to third]; Parrish lined into a double play
(shortstop to first) [Morales out at first]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1
LOB.  Tigers 4, White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 8TH: Colbern grounded out (shortstop to first);
Bannister grounded out (third to first); Moore doubled to
center; Lemon walked; LOPEZ REPLACED UNDERWOOD (PITCHING);
Johnson forced Lemon (shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2
LOB.  Tigers 4, White Sox 1.

TIGERS 9TH: Brookens grounded out (third to first); Trammell
lined to second; LeFlore singled to right; LeFlore stole second;
Whitaker flied out to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.  Tigers 4,
White Sox 1.

WHITE SOX 9TH: ORTA BATTED FOR NORDHAGEN; Orta popped to catcher
in foul territory; WASHINGTON BATTED FOR TORRES; Washington
struck out; Morrison struck out; second game of DH forfeited
to Detroit (Disco Demolition Night); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Tigers 4, White Sox 1.



The information used here was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by Retrosheet.
Interested parties may contact Retrosheet at "www.retrosheet.org".


Copyright © 2014-2018, All Rights Reserved   •   Privacy Policy   •   Contact Us   •   Status Report