The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team and was founded in 1894. Based in Detroit, MI, this team has four World Series championships under its belt and has ten American League pennants. The team is actually a charter member of the American League, one of the four original teams (others include the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox). The Tigers’ home stadium is Comerica Park, after playing at Tiger Stadium from 1961-2000.
Notable Tigers players include Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, George Kell, Bucky Harris and Hal Newhouser. Interestingly, the Detroit Tigers have worn the same style of uniform since 1934, which is a white jersey with a navy blue lining around the front and the letter “D” in Old English across the front left and white pants and a navy hat. During away games, they play in shirts with the name of their home city, Detroit, across the front and an orange “D” on their caps.
There are many different stories about how the Tigers got their name. Some say it has to do with the orange stripes team members wore over black stockings; others say it is the stuff of legend, coming about after a sportswriter cited the parallel of a Detroit victory with that of a win by the writer’s alma mater, the Princeton Tigers. The Tigers set a record of having the longest sub-.500 stretch in franchise history, not posting a winning record from 1994-2005.
The Detroit Tigers have a standing rivalry with several other franchises in the league, including the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Tigers’ rivalries have changed throughout the years as some are with other MLB teams and others are with National League teams such as the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.