CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Larry Herndon wasnt the World Series MVP for the Tigers in 1984. That title went to Alan Trammell.
But it was Herndon who set the tone for the five-game series triumph over the Padres, and then ended it by clutching the final out of Game 5 in left field at Tiger Stadium as the old ballpark erupted with joy.
Herndons two-run homer off Mark Thurmond in Game 1 put Detroit ahead, 3-2, in the fifth inning and Jack Morris shut the door as the Tigers won by that score. San Diego won Game 2, and its quite possible the Series could have had a different outcome without that blast.
Yet, Herndon, who did not like being on stage, had his clothes taken out of his locker and into a back room so he could dress quickly and escape the media horde.
It was his biggest moment, and he left the bows to the rest of his teammates.
That is why Herndon, while being one of the most beloved members of the84 Tigers inside the clubhouse, was not that widely known outside the teams inner c...