The Detroit Tigers are living baseball history. Founded in 1894, they are one of the founding members of Major League Baseball, in which they have participated in the American League since the beginning in 1901. Detroit's history is so long that there are even different stories about how the Tigers got your name. The official version says that the name goes back to the Detroit Light Guard. These were simply called Tigers during the Civil War and were very respected in the city. After an agreement, the MLB team was allowed to use this name and has carried it continuously since 1901.
In over 120 years of history, the proud franchise has experienced an enormous amount.
Legends like Hank Greenberg (Hammerin Hank), Al Kaline, Harold Newhouser, whose numbers are no longer assigned, accompanied the Detroit Tigers on your way through history. In total, you can already record 11 World Series participations in your history, which makes you one of the top 10 teams in this statistic. In 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 the trophy went to Motor City. All World Series games in franchise history have been played at venerable Tigers Stadium.
After more than 80 years, it was in 2000, but time for a move. From Corktown part of the city, it was really just down the street to downtown Detroit, where they now play at Comerica Park. From the infield stands there, you have a very nice view of the city skyline. It's interesting to see how the ball park has developed. Right after it opened, the stadium was considered a hitter's paradise because of its wide outfield. Tigers legend Bobby Higginson even spoke sarcastically of Comerica National Park, due to its vastness. In 2003, the dimensions in the left outfield were adjusted, turning a hitter's paradise into a pitcher-friendly park.
Entering the stadium, one is immediately struck by the large Gothic D flanked by two large tiger statues. It has been updated over the years, but has been a fixture on the on field caps and home jersey for 100 years. Over time, the D has become a crest of the city and a fashion symbol. Another popular logo is the tiger. Although no longer currently worn by the team, the bat-wielding tiger that sometimes crawls through the D is still present.
In their long history, there have been many players who have only played for the Tigers in Detroit. It is this blend of talent, strength and loyalty that the farm system is looking for permanently consisting of minor league teams Toledo Mud Hens, Erie SeaWolves, West Michigan Whitecaps and the Lakeland Flying Tigers.