1948 : First Night Game for Detroit Tigers

June 15, 2024 all-day


On June 15, 1948, the first night game is played at Briggs Stadium in Detroit. Hal Newhouser allows just two hits in the Tigers 4-1 win over the Athletics. The Tigers are the last American League team to install lights.

Why were the Tigers the last team to play under the lights? Team owner Walter Briggs was a traditionalist and believed baseball should be played in daylight, but he finally relented and eight light towers were affixed to the stadium. This aerial view documents the Tigers? first night game on June 15, 1948. Apparently, Detroiters liked being night-owl fans; a crowd of 54,480 showed up that evening.

Source : Detroit Athletic Company

Also see George Bulanda, “Briggs Stadium, 1948 – The Way It Was”, Hour Detroit, June 2011.

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