The Year of the Tiger: 1968

Coming Soon!

Opening Saturday, April 21 in the Community Gallery

The aftershocks of widespread social unrest, the untimely assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., the mounting Vietnam war, among other iconic events cemented 1968 as the “year that changed the nation.” In Detroit, 1968 is often characterized as the “comeback season” for the Detroit Tigers and a pivot in the tenor of the city writ-large. Against the backdrop of turbulent times –
locally, nationally and internationally – the Detroit Tigers’ ascendance to the 1968 World Series championship signaled the “Year of the Tiger” and galvanized Detroiters to come together across their differences to celebrate this momentous occasion.

In concert with the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers’ historic win, the Detroit Historical Society will debut The Year of the Tiger: 1968 exhibit. The exhibit weaves together stories about the players, the manager, the stadium and the events that paved a path toward a World Series victory and ultimately changed the mood and spirit of the city.

Detroit sports writer and commentator Bill Dow will join us for this project. Dow’s writing has been featured in the Detroit Free Press, Baseball Digest, and he is co-author and editor of Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of Detroit’s Historic BallPark. 

Add your ’68 Tigers story to the exhibition!

Do you have a photo of yourself, family or friends in Tigers gear or at a game during the 1968 baseball season?

Submit a digital photo to: Tracy Irwin, Director of Exhibitions and Collections, at tracyi@detroithistorical.org. Photos should be 300 dpi tiff or jpeg files (DO NOT EMBED PHOTOS IN A WORD DOCUMENT)

Submit a hard copy photograph to: Tracy Irwin, Detroit Historical Society, 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202. Photographs should not be any smaller than 3 x 5” (DO NOT SEND THE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH - MAKE A COPY)

Information to submit with your photograph: Your full name / who is pictured in the photo / where the photo was taken / month the photo was taken (if known) / A memory to share about this photo or the 1968 season

Note that all digital and hard copy photographs will become part of the Detroit Historical Society’s collection and may be used in future exhibitions and promotions. To guarantee inclusion in the exhibition, photos must be received by Monday, April 2, although photos will continue to be collected throughout the exhibition.

We are also looking for photographs and home video from baseball fans of all eras. If you have a photo or video of yourself at a Tigers game or in your Tigers gear at any time, please send it to us. These images will not be placed in the upcoming exhibition, but will become part of our online collection of images.