Wyatt: My first game, an affair with a ballpark

From Daniel Wyatt at The National Pastime Museum on September 8, 2014:

I saw my first Major League game on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 1976, at Detroit’s old landmark on Michigan and Trumbull avenues, just off I-75. None other than Tiger Stadium. What a thrill for a 24-year-old, prairie-born-and-raised Canadian who had always loved baseball. Even more than hockey!

The Chicago White Sox were in town for a day game on a mild, sunny afternoon with very little humidity, from what I can remember. I had purchased four tickets in advance—over the phone from a real person—and they arrived by snail mail at our apartment in Stoney Creek, Ontario. All lower-deck boxes at $4.50 a pop! I still have my ticket stub . . . Tier 4, Box 31.

On game day, I drove over the border with my wife, Bonnie (nearly seven months pregnant with the first of two); my mother-in-law, Dorothy; and Bonnie’s brother, Barry. I was fortunate because my in-laws lived right across the Detroit River in Windsor. The park was only minutes from their house, an ideal situation to see a game.

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Originally published: September 8, 2014. Last Updated: September 8, 2014.