The Detroit Tigers were playing for something more than a pennant as they embarked on the 1968 baseball season.
Hundreds of homes destroyed. Thousands of stores looted and burned.
That spring, the Tigers forged a championship run and became a rallying point for a populace still reeling from violent riots the previous summer.
“When this city needed treatment for its ills in the worst way,” a Detroit Free Press editorial stated, “they have been the elixir that made us well again.”
It was a sign of the times.
Nineteen sixty-eight stands as a year that blurred the line between sports and the real world, with athletes...