1968 Hall of Fame Game

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Detroit Tigers scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-1in the 26th annual Hall of Fame Game at Doubleday Field.

Detroit left fielder Gates Brown doubled in Al Kaline to put the Tigers on the board in the bottom of the first inning. After Pirates’ starter Jim Bunning hit Norm Cash, third baseman Don Wert homered over the center field fence, scoring Brown and Cash and giving Detroit an early 4-0 lead.

The Tigers added two insurance runs in the third inning when Kaline singled and Cash doubled. A single by catcher Jim Price scored both runners.

In the fourth inning, Detroit made the score 8-0 after Ray Oyler hit a solo shot and Brown singled Mickey Stanley¬– who had also singled– home.

Meanwhile, Detroit starter Dennis Ribant pitched five innings of seven-hit baseball. The Pirates’ only run, scored in the top half of the fifth inning, was unearned. Despite the blowout, the Tigers committed four errors on the day.

Stanley hit a solo home run to account for the Tigers’ ninth run of the day in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the seventh, Price doubled, advanced to third on a John Hiller groundout, then scored when Gary Kolb committed an error on Dick Tracewski’s ground ball.

Bunning lasted just two innings for the Pirates, giving up four runs on four hits while striking out two. He was replaced by Jim Minshall, who also allowed four runs in two innings while giving up seven hits and walking two. Three other Pittsburgh pitchers closed out the final four innings for the Pirates, but Bunning recorded the loss.

Two Detroit pitchers, Hiller and John Wyatt, combined for four innings of no-hit baseball to relieve Ribant, who picked up the win.