1984 American League Championship Series
The 1984 American League Championship Series matched the East Division champion Detroit Tigers against the West Division champion Kansas City Royals. The Tigers prevailed three games to none, to advance to the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres.
|1984 American League Championship Series|
|MVP||Kirk Gibson (Detroit)|
|Umpires||Bill Deegan, Jon Bible (1B, 3 games), Randy Cristal (2B, 3 games), Larry Zirdel (3B, Game 1), Harold Jordan (OF, Game 1), Mike O'Dell (OF, Game 1), Bob Jones (3B, Game 2), Rick Denny (OF, Game 2), Carl Nothnagel (OF, Game 2), Doug Cossey (3B, Game 3), Dick Runchey (OF, Game 3), Dick Zivic (OF, Game 3)|
|TV announcers||Al Michaels, Howard Cosell and Jim Palmer|
|Radio announcers||Bill White and Curt Gowdy|
The 1984 American League Championship Series would prove to be no contest for the Tigers, although games 2 and 3 were both decided by two runs and one, respectively. It wasn't that surprising given the fact the Royals won 20 fewer games during the season and had won the AL West by a mere three games over both the California Angels and Minnesota Twins.
Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City RoyalsEdit
Detroit won the series, 3–0.
|1||October 2||Detroit Tigers – 8, Kansas City Royals – 1||Royals Stadium||2:42||41,973|
|2||October 3||Detroit Tigers – 5, Kansas City Royals – 3 (11 innings)||Royals Stadium||3:37||42,019|
|3||October 5||Kansas City Royals – 0, Detroit Tigers – 1||Tiger Stadium||2:39||52,168|
|WP: Jack Morris (1–0) LP: Bud Black (0–1)|
DET: Larry Herndon (1), Alan Trammell (1), Lance Parrish (1)
Game 1 was a blowout in Kansas City, as the Tigers struck first when Lou Whitaker singled to lead off the game off of Bud Black, then scored on Alan Trammell's triple. One out later, Lance Parrish's sacrifice fly made it 2–0 Tigers. Leadoff home runs by Larry Herndon in the fourth and Trammell in the fifth made it 4–0 Tigers. In the seventh, Royals' right fielder Pat Sheridan's error on Whitaker's line drive allowed him to reach second, then score on Trammell's single off of Mark Huismann. Tigers' Jack Morris pitched seven innings, allowing only one run in the seventh when Jorge Orta hit a leadoff triple and scored on Darryl Motley's groundout, with Willie Hernández pitching the final two innings. The Tigers added to their lead in the last two innings off of the Royals' bullpen. Barbaro Garbey led off the eighth with a single off of Huismann and scored on Darrell Evans's double, then Marty Castillo's RBI single made it 7–1 Tigers. Lance Parrish's leadoff home run in the ninth off of Mike Jones capped the scoring at 8–1 as the Tigers took a 1–0 series lead.
|WP: Aurelio López (1–0) LP: Dan Quisenberry (0–1)|
DET: Kirk Gibson (1)
The Tigers took Game 2 in extra innings by a 5–3 score. In the top of the first, Lou Whitaker reached on an error off of Bret Saberhagen, then back-to-back one-out RBI doubles by Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish put the Tigers up 2–0. Gibson's home run in the third made it 3–0 Tigers. Dan Petry pitched seven innings and gave up two runs (on Jorge Orta's groundout in the fourth after a walk and single and Dane Iorg's RBI single in the seventh with two on), but lost his chance at a win when Willie Hernández surrendered the tying run in the eighth inning on Hal McRae's RBI double after a leadoff single. Detroit's "Senor Smoke", Aurelio López, held the Royals scoreless in the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings for the win. Johnny Grubb hit a double off Dan Quisenberry in the eleventh inning to drive in Darrell Evans and Ruppert Jones for the game winning runs.
|WP: Milt Wilcox (1–0) LP: Charlie Leibrandt (0–1) Sv: Willie Hernández (1)|
Game 3 was a pitching duel between Milt Wilcox and Charlie Leibrandt. Leibrandt pitched a complete game, allowing only one run and three hits, while Milt Wilcox gave up two hits and struck out eight Royals with Willie Hernández pitching the ninth inning for the save. Marty Castillo grounded out to drive in Chet Lemon for the only run of the game, as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep and advanced to the World Series. This was their first pennant in 16 years.
Had the ALCS gone the full five games, Game 5 on Sunday October 7, would have been a 1 p.m. ET time start instead of being in prime time. This would have happened because one of the presidential debates between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale was scheduled for that night. Accordingly, ABC planned to broadcast the debates instead of Game 5 in prime time.
|Kansas City Royals||0||0||0||1||0||0||2||1||0||0||0||4||18||7|
|Total attendance: 136,160 Average attendance: 45,387|
- "1984 ALCS Game 1 – Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1984 ALCS Game 2 – Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
- "1984 ALCS Game 3 – Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.