Team Spotlight: Detroit Tigers

Posted on April 03 2020

The Detroit Tigers, from 1901 to present, have belonged to the American League of baseball. From 1998 to present, they have belonged to the sport’s Central Division. However, from 1969 to 1997, they belonged to baseball’s East Division. Team colors for the Detroit Tigers consist of white, orange, and midnight navy blue. Their name has been intact since 1901, but they have been associated with several nicknames such as The Motor City Kitties, the Bangles, and the “Tiges”.

Team Spotlight: Detroit Tigers

Here's a list of ballparks the Detroit Tigers have played at:

  • 1894 to 1895 – Boulevard Park
  • 1896 to 1911 – Bennett Park
  • 1901 to 1902 – Burns Park (Sundays only)
  • 1912 to 1999 – Tiger Stadium (from 1912 to 1939, a.k.a. Navin Field; and from 1938 to 1960, a.k.a. Briggs Stadium)
  • 2000 to present – Comercia Park

Titles Enjoyed by the Tigers

Through the years, the Detroit Tigers have earned any number of accolades including the following:

  • 2006 – Wildcard berth
  • 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 – Central Division title (Central)
  • 1987, 1984, and 1972 – Central Division title (East)
  • 2012, 2006, 1984, 1968, 1945, 1940, 1935, 1934, 1909, 1908, and 1907 – AL Pennants
  • 1984, 1968, 1945, and 1935 – World Series titles

Front Office For the Tigers

Al Avila is officially the President of Baseball Operations and General Manager for the Detroit Tigers. Ron Gardenhire is their manager, and the Ilitch Family Trust is listed as the official owner(s) of the team.

The "Did You Know?" Section

Okay, let's have some fun. Here are some things you may not have known about your team, the Detroit Tigers:

  • Sparky Anderson “Retires” – If you are a huge Detroit Tigers fan, you might be familiar with the name Sparky Anderson. The year of the strike – 1994 – messed up the World Series and more. Good old Sparky wanted nothing to do with the “replacement players” attempt – he downright refused to manage them. Once all the dust settled, his loyalty to the game (rather than to the front office) was repaid by a nonrenewed contract. Many people think that Sparky retired (so said the suits), but he did not. He was, more or less, hung out to dry by management.
  • The Corked Bat – Back in 1961, it is thought by some that Norm Cash (first baseman) achieved incredible stats through the use of a corked bat. His "Aw, shucks…" admission in a Sports Illustrated article to the use of a corked bat (which was considered less than legal) was a surprise to some… not so much to many, however. But many contribute his success (and other players’ successes in 1961) to nothing more than expansion. As a matter of fact, it has been proven by scientists that an increased hitting distance is not the result of a corked bat!
  • Tiger Stadium: From Green to Blue – Tiger Stadium (a.k.a. Briggs Stadium a.k.a. Navin Field) used to be green. Really, really green! That includes every countertop, every chair, the box seats, the bleachers, the façades – everything! It remained so until being painted blue in the mid-1970s. As it was preparing to host its final game in the major leagues, in 1999, it received one last paint job.

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