Page 8 - The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, October 16, 1984
Happy Detroiters clean up mess
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit began
cleaning up yesterday from a wave of
violence that left one man dead, more
than 80 injured and 34 jailed following a
spontaneous celebration that erupted
after the Tigers clinched their first
World Series title in 16 years.
Outside Tiger Stadium, "it's just as if
there wasn't a ball game," said Walter
Goolsby, assistant superintendent of
the city Department of Public Works.
GOOLSBY SAID that 30 sanitation
employees worked overtime to rid the
area of the bottles, cans and other
debris left behind by revelers during a
spree of vandalism and violence Sun-
City officials, eager to put those hours
of destruction in the past and em-
phasize the community's pride in the
team that brought the Series trophy
back to Tiger Town, scheduled a parade
and rally in the team's honor today.
But the scars remained inside the
stadium, where jubilant fans ripped out
hunks of turf, gate markers and even
"THEY'RE A bunch of hoodlums,"
Tigers General Manager Jim Campbell
said Monday. "I wish they'd stay
Work crews will spend the next mon-
th repairing damage - nearly twice as
long as the usual postseason repairs,
according to stadium manager Ralph
"Sometime during the night all our'
gate signs were stolen," Snyder said,
adding that souvenir-hungry fans
carried away a number of stadium
THE TIGERS boosted their regular
staff with several dozen temporary
workers to form a total work crew of
about 65 employees, he said.
The team would not be able to
estimate the cost of the damage until
the end of the week, Snyder said.
Detroit police and hospitals late
Monday afternoon still were tallying up
the toll from the jubilation following
Detroit's 8-4 victory in the fifth and
final game of the Series.
SCORES OF police, some clad in riot
gear, some brandishing broken boards,
struggled for hours to control the
crowds. One police car was burned and
three sustained major damage.
Thirty four people, including two
juveniles, were arrested on charges
ranging from disorderly conduct to
unarmed robbery, said police Lt. Fred
Williams. Four officers were hurt, but
none required hospitalization, he said.
Three area hospitals said they
treated at least 80 people for injuries
sustained in the violence after the
game. Ten people were admitted, and
three required surgery, they said.
AN ASSOCIATED Press reporterl
covering the celebration was cut by1
flying glass from a broken beer bottle,t
but sought his own treatment.
The atmosphere was almost festive in
the trauma unit at Detroit Receiving
Hospital, which treated 32 times its
normal patient load in the 12 hours after
"The people who were in there for
treatment all had something in com-
mon," said hospital spokeswoman
Susan Mozena. "The emergency room
staff wore Tiger caps. It was kind oft
like a party atmosphere."
Tram scams Trans-Am
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tiger
shortstop Alan Trammell, who was
voted most valuablle player of the
World Series, picked up the keys to a
shiny new Pontiac Trans Am yesterday
and promptly dubbed it "Tram's Am."
The car, which is awarded to the
MVP by Sport Magazine, was presen-
ted to Trammell during a brief
ceremony in Tiger Stadium - on the
grass just behind his infield position.
"I HOPE I don't miss 'em," Tram-
mell said when photographers begged
him to toss the keys in the air. "The
season's over now. so we don't want an
E6. That's happened before!"
Indeed, Trammell made one har-
mless error in Game 2 of the World
Series, but it was just about his only
mistake as he helped the powerful
Tigers brush aside the San Diego
Padres four games to one.
"I know how Detroit has waited and
this is a special thrill," Trammell said.
"The thing is, though, I think Jack
Morris and Kirk Gibson were deserving
of MVP too. But, we've had somebody
different every night. We weren't a one-
man team this year."
NOR WAS Trammell a one-man
gang during the series. However, he did
hit .450, including a pair of homers in
the fourth game. He drove in six runs
and scored five.
"There's no quesion that Game 4 was
the biggest one I've ever had," Tram-
mell said. "I've had some nights during
the season, but this was by far the
biggest. This was the World Series.
"Saturday night, after hitting those
two home runs, I had trouble sleeping, I
was so wound up. As a result, I was
drained Sunday (when he was hitless in
A great day for Tigers .0
Despite being eliminated by the Tigers on Sunday, Steve Garvey receives a
hero's welcome from a few of the some 15,000 Padres fans that greeted the
losers early yesterday morning at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium.
... but not for Detroit
The bright orange flames grew more intense and the thick grey smoke
billowed up in the night air, and with it, the unmistakeable odor of burning
rubber. The motorcycle resting several feet away from the fiery automobile
was soon engulfed by the blaze.
The crowd cheered.
Standing on the roof of Tiger Stadium around 11:00 o'clock Sunday night, a
mass of onlookers, mostly members of the media and Detroit Tiger em-
ployees, myself included, stared in amazement at the mob surrounding the
burning taxi cab below.
A reporter from San Francisco said, "This is the worst thing that could
have happened to Detroit. It's a shame."
"Oh," I said sarcastically, "didn't you know, those are San Diego fans,
mad because they lost."
"Yeah, right," he answered.
For the first time, I wished the Detroit Tigers, a team I had cheered and
loved since childhood, had lost that game. I wished them on a flight back to
San Diego so they could capture the World Series away from the Motor City.
The so-called fans lingering on the corner of Michigan and Trumbull did
not deserve the celebration. They were incapable of any resemblance of
humane actions. They ruined the ecstacy that could have made for a mar-
The mania on the streets four hours after the game was, in all fairness,
probably ignited by those few creatures, probably unable to worm their way
into the stadium. They are the sort that thrive on destruction. They are the
sort that give Detroit the bad reputation it has.
Local newspapers claim the 1984 riot was a game of tiddlywinks com-
pared to the 1968 version. I don't know about that, I was six years old. All I
know is what I saw from my rooftop vantage point. And what I saw sickened
Whatever you viewed on the 11:00 news that night, multiply it by at least
ten because you only caught a glimpse. The "celebration" had turned into a
frenzied free-for-all of violence. They fought the cops, they fought, stabbed
and even murdered one another and ruined a perfectly wonderful experience
of a championship ball club, with this animalistic behavior.
Four cars, three police cars and the blazing cab lay demolished on
Michigan Avenue windows smashed and tires flat. One of the cars could
have been the loser in demolishion derby. Passersby, ignorant of the
severity of the violence, and police alike were pelted with bottles and rocks.
The crowd attacked the bus that carried the Michigan Marching Band,
breaking every window.
By the time the crowd had gathered again around the impromtu bonfire,
the mounted division of the Detroit Police Department lined up and chased
the masses into the surrounding alleys. All the while, these people continued
the barrage of bottles, aiming them this time at the horses.
I had seen more than enough. The Tiger officials were kicking the'repor-
ters off the roof - a very goodmove. No need to hand the country a birds-eye
view of the atrocity.
I was ready to get back to the saneness of Ann Arbor, but the police had
advised the Tiger PR department not to let the press out of the stadium.
They said it was impossible to get downtown to hotels. The riotous mob had
moved into the heart of the city. Reports said cars were being turned over on
As I walked back to the public relations room where I was working, I
noticed that Mike Downey, columnist kor the Detroit Free Presi, was
working on a feature of some Tiger star or another.
"Aren't you going to write about the idiots down there on the street?" I
"Are yod" crazy?" he replied, amazed by the suggestion of offending
thousands of Tiger fans.
"Well that's what I'm going to be doing tomorrow."
"What, do you write for some kind of underground newspaper or
jsomething?" he questioned.
"No," I said, "I write for the Michigan Daily."
"Same thing," he grunted and went back to work.
By the time they gave us the o.k. to leave, it was after midnight. Only a'
scattered few remained on the streets, the rest presumably headed down-
town. I walked onto a sheet of broken glass that had replaced Michigan
Avenue and wished that I hadn't gone up on that roof.
This was the last thing anybody wanted to see after the dream year that
the Detroit Tigers gave to the city. It is so ironic that some "people" chose to
end such a history making season. Just thank God that it's over.
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The final play was made, fans poured
onto the field, a few bottles were
broken, and all hell broke loose. When
the dust finally cleared, Alan Beland
strode forth, a triumphant grin
splashed across his face. The
scoreboard burst out the final verdict:
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of the day and reeling off a bit of his record-setting 274 yards rushing in
Saturday's win over Illinois. Byars was named UPI's Midwest Offensive
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