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Vines highlight how a once-beautiful stadium lay in ruins, awaiting demolition.  Baseball had been played on the site since 1896… five years before the Tigers or the American League existed.  In 1999, the last Tigers game was played in old Tiger Stadium as the team moved to Comerica Park.  I attended that final season and – like so many other Detroiters – never thought I’d get another chance to step inside the legendary stadium.  But just days before it was set to be demolished, I was invited in for one final peek.  I was shooting the playground of Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson and Ty Cobb as crews literally chainsawed seats in half around me.  The stadium was torn down a week after this photo was taken and only a grass field remains in the place known as “the corner.” (October 2007)

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