A special Happy Baseball Birthday! today on the 185th Anniversary of the very first edition of the Detroit Free Press.
The Free Press debuted on May 5, 1831, as the Democratic Free Press and Intelligencer.
The Free Press is the oldest surviving printed newspaper in the State of Michigan, and has been there for every major sporting event in the city's history, including 11 American League pennants and four World Series Championships for the Detroit Tigers.
The "Freep" has seen it all in Detroit baseball, from the 1887 National League and Worlds Champion Detroit Wolverines and BIG Dan Brouthers, Charlie Bennett and Bennett Park, to the creation of the Tigers and the American League, "Hooks" Dauss, Ty Cobb, Wahoo Sam, Navin Field, Harry Heilmann, Mickey Cochrane, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg...
Briggs Stadium, Hal Newhouser, "Dizzy" Trout, Goose Goslin, Tommy Bridges, George Kell, Virgil "Fire" Trucks, Al Kaline, Charlie "Paw Paw" Maxwell, Harvey Kuenn, Rocky Colovito.
Tiger Stadium, Norm Cash, Bill Freehan, Mickey Lolich, Mark Fidrych, Steve Kemp, "Sweet"Lou Whitaker,Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Jack Morris, Cecil Fielder, Tony Clark, Travis Fryman,Bobby Higginson.
Comerica Park, Jim Leyland, Brandon Inge, Pudge Rodriguez, Greg Monroe, Kenny Rodgers, Jeremy Bonderman, Curtis Granderson, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez, J.D. Martinez, and the incomparable Miguel Cabrera.
We salute the Detroit Free Press today, and wish them another 185 years of service to the Motor City and the State of Michigan.
HAPPY BASEBALL BIRTHDAY! Freep!