In 1955, Sergeant John H. Courtney, Vice President of the Detroit Fireman's Fund Association; Ronald McMinn; Detroit Fire Chief Edward J. Blohn; Fire Commissioner James L. Mahon; and Stanley Raymond "Bucky" Harris, manager of the Detroit Tigers, posed in front of this horseshow floral arrangement. They were all on the field for opening day on April 14, 1955.
The flowers were arranged to spell "Tigers Goodluck."
The luck didn't really hold up for the Tigers. They finished 79-75, good for 5th in the American League. That year, there were only eight teams in the American League. The Yankees won the pennant that year and lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, the team's only World Series crown while in Brooklyn.
Tigers opening day is this Monday and you can watch all the festivities from Comerica Park starting Monday at 10:0 am. First pitch will be at 1:00 on FOX 2!
Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society Collection.