Finish: Won World Series against San Diego in five games
Each organization has that one year, the one that stands out, the one that will be remembered forever. The Yankees have 1927 (among others), the Pirates 1960, the Twins 1991, the Diamondbacks 2001, and so on.
1984 is that year for the Detroit Tigers. It was a year of magic from start to finish this city had never seen before, and has not seen since.
Jack Morris' no-hitter before a national audience was a warning to the baseball world to stay out of this team's way. Sparky Anderson's squad set a major league record with their 35-5 start, and led their division wire to wire.
Kirk Gibson and Lance Parrish had monster offensive years, the double-play combination of Whitaker and Trammell was steady as ever, and Morris, Dan Petry, and Milt Wilcox won 19, 18, and 17 games, respectively.
The team steamrolled through the playoffs, handling the Royals and Padres with amazing ease. Kirk Gibson's home run in Game Five of the World Series is one of the most memorable moments in franchise history.
For one year, it truly was the Tigers and everybody else. You don't know what I'd give to have been able to see these guys play. Unfortunately, we'll probably never see a team like this ever again. Simply a team for the ages.