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Detroit Tigers History

The Detroit Tigers are one of a few teams whose history predates the founding of the American League in MLB. Their origins began in 1894 in the Western League, which would later become part of MLB under the AL banner. During their beginning years in the AL, there were rumors that the team would be relocating to Pittsburgh to compete with the National League team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While relocation of AL teams to compete with NL teams was common in the league’s early years, it would be something that wouldn’t happen with the Tigers. A 1903 deal between the AL and the NL would lead to the Tigers staying in Detroit.

The early years in the AL would prove to be some of the best years for the Tigers. From 1901-1909 the team would win three AL Pennants while having some of the best players of that time on their team. The Tigers have had some success in the modern era but haven’t won a World Series in 37 years.

This team currently plays its home games at the Comerica Park.

Historical Detroit Tigers Stats

The Detroit Tigers are a team steeped in tradition, boasting passionate fans, a rich history with multiple World Series titles, and a focus on rebuilding. Here’s a look at some evergreen Detroit Tigers stats that capture their current identity:

Championship Pedigree (1935, 1945, 1968, 1984):

  • Four World Series Victories: The Tigers have a proud championship history, having captured four World Series titles. These victories span across different eras, showcasing their sustained success (1935, 1945, 1968, 1984).

  • Memorable Teams: Each championship team had its own unique story. The 1984 squad, led by the iconic hitting of Kirk Gibson, is a cherished memory for fans.

Championships Won by the Detroit Tigers

When it comes to championships, the Detroit Tigers have won their fair share of titles. In their history, they have won the World Series four times, the AL Pennant eleven times, the AL Central Division title four times, and the AL East Division title three times. When they were in the AL East, they would win that division title in 1972, 1984, and 1987. Since moving to the AL Central, the Tigers have won that title in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

The Tigers would go on and win the World Series title in 1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984. The Tigers took home the AL Pennant in 1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, and 2012. Looking back, we can see that the Tigers have, at times, had streaks of success in MLB winning championships.

Important Team Events

The Tigers have held many different special events for fans during their baseball season. Some of the common ones include themed events for law enforcement officers and firefighters. The Tigers also have an annual Polish American night for fans. In recent years, the Tigers had special events for the Fourth of July and a Pink-out the park event for cancer awareness.

When it comes to rivalry events, the Tigers have an historical rivalry with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This rivalry dates back to the Tigers’ early years due to the American League’s desire to move the Tigers to Pittsburgh for a feud with the Pirates back in 1902.

Top Players

When it comes to top players of the past that played for the Tigers, two names top all other players. These two players are Ty Cobb and Justin Verlander. Ty Cobb is a legend remembered for the 90 MLB records he set during his years as a player. Even though his career ended nearly a century ago, some of his records still stand today. His career batting average and most career batting titles are just two of his records that still stand.

Justin Verlander is the best pitcher this team had in the 2000s, according to Detroit Tigers stats. During his time with the Tigers, he won the AL MVP once, the Cy Young Award once, The AL Rookie of the Year, The MLB wins title twice, the AL strikeout leader four times, and pitched two no-hitters.

Top Coaches

When fans look at some of the Tigers coaches of the past, a few names come up. Hughie Jennings was the first coach to take the Tigers to three consecutive World Series from 1907 to 1909. The first Tigers manager to win a World Series was player/coach Mickey Cochrane when he would take the Tigers to a win in the World Series in 1935. Then for the modern era, we have Jim Leyland, who led the Tigers to three consecutive AL Central Division titles.

Current Manager: A.J. Hinch

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best winning percentage for the Tigers in a season?

In 1934, the Tigers would have a 101-53 record for the season, giving them a .656 winning percentage.

What are the other nicknames that fans call the Tigers?

The Tigers are also known by several other nicknames, including The Tiges, The Bengals, and The Motor City Kitties.

When was the last time the Tigers won a World Series title?

The last Tigers World Series title win would come in 1984.

Who is the most well-known person to play for the Tigers?

Ty Cobb is the most well-known player to play for the Tigers. He joined the club at 18 in 1905.

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