Eye Of The Tigers
in Cohen of Oak Park has been a Detroit
Tigers fan all his life. In the 1960s, he began
snapping photos of games and favorite players
om the stands at Tiger Stadium.
Starting in 1973, he had the opportunity to take
pictures from a closer range — during his years as a
In 1983, he landed the ultimate perch — taking
shots from the field and other off-limit areas while
KIRSBAUM working in the Tigers' front office.
So it wasn't that much of a stretch when he was
asked to do a book on the "old ballpark" at the leg-
endary corner of Michigan and Trumbull.
"I always wanted to do it," Cohen said. "When [a
publisher] contacted me to do a book on Jewish Detroit last year, they
also suggested doing something on Tiger Stadium."
Dipping into a lifetime of files and slide presentations, then delving
into old newspapers and the Burton Historical Collection of the
Detroit Public Library, Cohen completed his book, Tiger Stadium
(Arcadia Publishing, $19.99), in only two months.
Because the Burton collection does not release its photographs,
Cohen once again found himself taking pictures of Tiger Stadium —
this time photographing the historic photos. Thus, he quipped, he can
rightly claim he took every picture in his book.
From the ballpark's beginning in 1896 to its last game in 1999, Tiger
Stadium contains many never-before-published photographs.
His favorite was the picture he took in June 1983 between games of
a doubleheader when the organization retired Hank Greenberg's and
Irwin Cohen, sporting his 1984 World Series
Charlie Gehringer's numbers. Joining them were Tiger great Al Kaline
ring, poses with his new book.
and broadcaster Ernie Harwell, who presided over the event.
Greenberg was "the most charismatic man I've ever met in baseball,"
Cohen said. "When he was a player, everybody knew Hank Greenberg,
even my mother. She went to a game in the 1930s, and she never went to another game until I started working there.
Other especially memorable photos feature Ty Cobb about to make his debut in the Tigers outfield in 1905, Frank Navin
in 1935 celebrating the first World Series victory in 30 years of team ownership, pitcher Hal Newhouser during his 25-victory
season in 1945, Red Wings star Gordie Howe working out with the Tigers between hockey seasons, Tiger Manager Sparky
Anderson meeting with his former player, Cincinnati Manager Pete Rose, at Tiger Stadium during a 1985 exhibition game,
and the last game day at the stadium, Sept. 27, 1999.
With the release of Tiger Stadium, historian Cohen has gone back to work finishing Echoes ofDetroit's Jewish Communities, a
book due out this fall that will chronicle local Jewish history from 1760 to the present. Cohen also plans to write a book cov-
ering the Jewish community's experiences on Federation's Michigan Miracle Mission 4 to Israel next April.
But Cohen continues to share his interest in the Jewish community with his interest in baseball. He is also writing a book
on Chicago's Comiskey Park that will chronicle the White Sox, to be published in time for next year's baseball season. ❑
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Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
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