1984 American League Championship Series

The 1984 American League Championship Series matched the East Division champion Detroit Tigers against the West Division champion Kansas City Royals. The Tigers prevailed three games to none, to advance to the 1984 World Series against the San Diego Padres.

Due to a strike by major league umpires, the series was played using local and collegiate umpires, with former AL umpire and league supervisor Bill Deegan working home plate for all three games.

1984 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Detroit Tigers (3) Sparky Anderson 104–58, .642, GA: 15
Kansas City Royals (0) Dick Howser 84–78, .519, GA: 3
DatesOctober 2–5
MVPKirk Gibson (Detroit)
UmpiresBill Deegan, Jon Bible (1B, 3 games), Randy Cristal (2B, 3 games), Larry Zirdel (3B, Game 1), Harold Jordan (OF, Game 1), Mike O'Dell (OF, Game 1), Bob Jones (3B, Game 2), Rick Denny (OF, Game 2), Carl Nothnagel (OF, Game 2), Doug Cossey (3B, Game 3), Dick Runchey (OF, Game 3), Dick Zivic (OF, Game 3)
TV announcersAl Michaels, Howard Cosell and Jim Palmer
Radio announcersBill White and Curt Gowdy


The 1984 American League Championship Series would prove to be no contest for the Tigers, although games 2 and 3 were both decided by two runs and one, respectively. It wasn't that surprising given the fact the Royals won 20 fewer games during the season and had won the AL West by a mere three games over both the California Angels and Minnesota Twins.

The striking umpires originally scheduled to work the ALCS were Marty Springstead (crew chief), Don Denkinger, Steve Palermo, Ken Kaiser, Greg Kosc and John Shulock.


Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals

Detroit won the series, 3–0.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 2 Detroit Tigers – 8, Kansas City Royals – 1 Royals Stadium 2:42 41,973[1] 
2 October 3 Detroit Tigers – 5, Kansas City Royals – 3 (11 innings) Royals Stadium 3:37 42,019[2] 
3 October 5 Kansas City Royals – 0, Detroit Tigers – 1 Tiger Stadium 2:39 52,168[3]

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 2, 1984, at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 1 8 14 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Jack Morris (1–0)   LP: Bud Black (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Larry Herndon (1), Alan Trammell (1), Lance Parrish (1)
KC: None

Game 1 was a blowout in Kansas City, as the Tigers struck first when Lou Whitaker singled to lead off the game off of Bud Black, then scored on Alan Trammell's triple. One out later, Lance Parrish's sacrifice fly made it 2–0 Tigers. Leadoff home runs by Larry Herndon in the fourth and Trammell in the fifth made it 4–0 Tigers. In the seventh, Royals' right fielder Pat Sheridan's error on Whitaker's line drive allowed him to reach second, then score on Trammell's single off of Mark Huismann. Tigers' Jack Morris pitched seven innings, allowing only one run in the seventh when Jorge Orta hit a leadoff triple and scored on Darryl Motley's groundout, with Willie Hernández pitching the final two innings. The Tigers added to their lead in the last two innings off of the Royals' bullpen. Barbaro Garbey led off the eighth with a single off of Huismann and scored on Darrell Evans's double, then Marty Castillo's RBI single made it 7–1 Tigers. Lance Parrish's leadoff home run in the ninth off of Mike Jones capped the scoring at 8–1 as the Tigers took a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 3, 1984, at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 1
Kansas City 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 10 3
WP: Aurelio López (1–0)   LP: Dan Quisenberry (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Kirk Gibson (1)
KC: None

The Tigers took Game 2 in extra innings by a 5–3 score. In the top of the first, Lou Whitaker reached on an error off of Bret Saberhagen, then back-to-back one-out RBI doubles by Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish put the Tigers up 2–0. Gibson's home run in the third made it 3–0 Tigers. Dan Petry pitched seven innings and gave up two runs (on Jorge Orta's groundout in the fourth after a walk and single and Dane Iorg's RBI single in the seventh with two on), but lost his chance at a win when Willie Hernández surrendered the tying run in the eighth inning on Hal McRae's RBI double after a leadoff single. Detroit's "Senor Smoke", Aurelio López, held the Royals scoreless in the ninth, tenth and eleventh innings for the win. Johnny Grubb hit a double off Dan Quisenberry in the eleventh inning to drive in Darrell Evans and Ruppert Jones for the game winning runs.

Game 3

Friday, October 5, 1984, at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, Michigan

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 1 3 0
WP: Milt Wilcox (1–0)   LP: Charlie Leibrandt (0–1)   Sv: Willie Hernández (1)

Game 3 was a pitching duel between Milt Wilcox and Charlie Leibrandt. Leibrandt pitched a complete game, allowing only one run and three hits, while Milt Wilcox gave up two hits and struck out eight Royals with Willie Hernández pitching the ninth inning for the save. Marty Castillo grounded out to drive in Chet Lemon for the only run of the game, as the Tigers completed a three-game sweep and advanced to the World Series. This was their first pennant in 16 years.

Had the ALCS gone the full five games, Game 5 on Sunday October 7, would have been a 1 p.m. ET time start instead of being in prime time. This would have happened because one of the presidential debates between Ronald Reagan and Walter Mondale was scheduled for that night. Accordingly, ABC planned to broadcast the debates instead of Game 5 in prime time.

Composite box

1984 ALCS (3–0): Detroit Tigers over Kansas City Royals

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Detroit Tigers 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 2 14 25 1
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 4 18 7
Total attendance: 136,160   Average attendance: 45,387


  1. ^ "1984 ALCS Game 1 – Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "1984 ALCS Game 2 – Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1984 ALCS Game 3 – Kansas City Royals vs. Detroit Tigers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.

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Alan Stuart Trammell (born February 21, 1958) is an American former professional baseball shortstop, manager and coach. His entire 20-year playing career in Major League Baseball was with the Detroit Tigers. He currently serves as a special assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Tigers.

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López led the Mexico City Reds to the 1974 Mexican League World Series, then made a brief MLB debut with the Kansas City Royals before returning to the Mexican League. López was named the 1977 Mexican League Most Valuable Player (MVP). He returned to the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978 and pitched for the Detroit Tigers between 1979 and 1985. López finished seventh in the Cy Young Award voting in 1979. He earned a 10–1 record and 14 saves for Detroit's 1984 World Series championship team.

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Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 1978 Major League Baseball Draft, Castillo made his Major League Baseball debut with the Detroit Tigers on August 19, 1981. Castillo played in only seven games combined in the 1981 and 1982 seasons, but saw more frequent action in 1983, playing in 67 games.Castillo had his best statistical season as a member of the Tigers team that defeated the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series. Castillo played 33 games at third base and 36 at catcher for the 1984 Tigers. He had career highs in 1984, including a .234 batting average, 33 hits, 11 extra base hits, and 17 runs batted in (RBIs). On August 26, 1984, Castillo went 3-for-4 and scored three runs in a victory over the Angels. On September 23, 1984, Castillo went 2-for-3, including a home run and two RBIs, to help the Tigers win their 100th game of the season – a 4–1 victory over the New York Yankees.

Castillo played well in the post-season. He had two RBIs in the 1984 American League Championship Series, including the game-winning, pennant-clinching RBI in Game 3, knocking in Chet Lemon for a 1–0 victory, sending the Tigers to the World Series. Castillo also caught the ball at third base for the final out of the pennant-clinching game in 1984. An article in The Detroit News several years ago questioned whether Castillo still had the ball.Castillo continued his strong hitting in the 1984 World Series, batting .333 with a .455 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage. He had nine at bats in the World Series and had three hits, two runs scored, two walks, two RBIs, and a home run. What Castillo called "the greatest feeling of my life" came in Game 3 of the World Series, when he hit a two-run home run. With a count of one ball and two strikes, Castillo hit a fastball into the left field upper deck. He said of his reaction that "I wanted to do a couple of cartwheels, a backflip and a roundoff." Castillo was also on base in Game 5 (the final game) when Kirk Gibson hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Goose Gossage.

In a 1984 Sports Illustrated article, Castillo was described as "an outgoing practical joker" and "one of the more popular Tigers." The article noted that Castillo was "so nice that Tom Monaghan, owner of the club and Domino's Pizza, doesn't object to Castillo's endorsing Little Caesars Pizza." When asked by Sports Illustrated if he would gain other endorsements as a result of his World Series home run, Castillo responded, "I'm not going to worry about it. But my new phone number is ..."Castillo played his last major league game with the Tigers on October 5, 1985.

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Russell Jay Kuntz (; born February 4, 1955) is an American retired Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder. He played for the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers between 1979 and 1985. He never appeared in more than 84 games in any season during his playing career. In the final game of the 1984 World Series, Kuntz hit a pop fly to the second baseman that became the deciding run batted in (RBI).

Kuntz grew up in Kansas and California, playing three sports in high school and community college. He went to the Division III World Series twice with California State University, Stanislaus before being selected by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft.

After the 1984 season, Kuntz was unable to return to form the next year. He was demoted to the minor leagues early in the 1985 season and was out of professional baseball as a player shortly thereafter.

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