Detroit Tigers


  • Western League (1894-1900)
  • American League (since 1901) East Division (1969-1997)
  • Central Division (since 1998)
  • Comerica Park ( since 2000)
  • Tiger Stadium (1912-1999)
  • Bennett Park (1896-1911)
  • Burns Park ( on Sundays, 1901-1902 )
  • Boulevard Park (1894-1895)
  • World Series (4): 1935, 1945, 1968, 1984
  • American League titles (11): 1907-1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, 2012
  • Division titles (6): 1972, 1984, 1987, 2011, 2012, 2013

The Detroit Tigers are a Major League Baseball team in the American League. The club plays its home games since 2000 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan from.


As a founding member of the American League, the Detroit Tigers in 1901 took up the game mode. The year 1905 was then a first high point in its history. On August 30, 1905 Ty Cobb played his first game for Detroit. Until 1928 he remained loyal to the team and break some records of Major League. From 1907 to 1909, the Tigers won their manager Hughie Jennings under three championships of the American League in a row, but subject in the first two years of the Chicago Cubs, in 1909 the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. An excellent balance showed the Tigers still 1915, but despite 100 wins, it was only enough for second place in the American League behind the Boston Red Sox.

By 1934, the Detroit Tigers were only mediocre performances and could not build on the successes at the beginning of the century. Only with the commitment of Mickey Cochrane of the Philadelphia Athletics changed this. Under Cochrane, who worked as a catcher and manager, the Tigers reached the World Series twice. Against the St. Louis Cardinals they lost in seven games, but against the Chicago Cubs in 1935, it should be enough for the first World Series win. In six games, the Tigers had the upper hand. Under Del Baker as manager in 1940 could once again make the playoffs be achieved, but these were lost to the Cincinnati Reds in seven games.

A curiosity was then the season 1945. Since the Washington Senators presented their stadium for football games available, they had their game plan set up so that their season one week earlier ended than the other teams. So they had to watch a fight this week, as the Tigers still managed to get passed them in the table and were able to win the American League title. Encouraged by these events defeated the Tigers under the direction of their manager Steve O'Neill, the Cubs in the World Series 4-3.

Many talents then played in the next 20 years with the Tigers (among Al Kaline ), but sporting success could not be found. Only in 1968 would change this situation again. Mayo Smith was the manager of the team in Denny McLain had his outstanding pitcher. With 31 victories, he was the first pitcher since Lefty Grove in 1934, could surpass the mark of 30 wins. To date, this has not been achieved. In the World Series they defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-3.

After the introduction of the divisions in baseball in 1969 the Tigers reached the playoffs in 1972 for the first time under manager Billy Martin, but subject to the Oakland Athletics with 2:3. Sparky Anderson took over as manager in 1979 directed the Tigers for the next 16 years. Two American League Championships and a World Series title could be celebrated at this time. In 1984, the San Diego Padres defeated in only five games in the World Series after defeating the Kansas City Royals. The shortstop of the Tigers, Alan Trammell, was elected MVP of the World Series. 1987 reached the Tigers last time the American League final, subject to there but the Minnesota Twins. As a result, the Detroit Tigers were only to be found in the middle of the American League. In 2006, it managed the Tigers back to the World Series, but lost 1:4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.


Halfway through the season, the Tigers still had a negative balance game ( 39-42 ). In the second half of the season, they played much better and delivered a fierce duel with the Chicago White Sox to the table top. On October 1, three game to end the season, the Tigers secured a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals to win the AL Central Division. This was the first title defense of the Tigers in the Central Division and the first consecutive participation in the post-season after 1934 and 1935. The Tigers finished the season with a record of 88-74.

On the final day Miguel Cabrera got the AL Triple Crown because he led the three most important statistics. Cabrera had a batting average of .330, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. Since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 could no longer be granted this award in the American League.


In the fifth game of the AL Division Series against the Oakland Athletics Justin Verlander scored the 6-0 11 strike outs and allowed only four hits. With the win, the Tigers won for the second consecutive year the AL Division title.

In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Tigers were the first team, which has a 4- point lead or more in the 9th inning playful in a postseason game and still won. They scored points twice in the 12th inning and won 6-4 with the New York Yankees. With four wins in four games in the AL Championship Series, the New York Yankees were " swept " so won the 11 AL Champion title and the entry into the World Series will be secured.

The first three World Series games were lost against the San Francisco Giants. Since the Tigers lost Game 4 with 3:4 after 10 innings, the first sweep was perfect since 2007 in the World Series.

Standings from the last few years

The colored cells describe their own performance in the AL Central, the numbers in parentheses are the distances to the other teams at the end of the season. WC = Wild Card reaches ALDS = AL Division Series, ALCS reached = AL Championship Series AL = AL Pennant ( lost World Series ), WSC = World Series Champion

Tigers in the baseball Hall of Fame

Sparky Anderson Earl Averill Ed Barrow Jim Bunning Ty Cobb

Mickey Cochrane Sam Crawford Larry Doby Charlie Gehringer Goose Goslin

Hank Greenberg Bucky Harris Harry Heilmann Whitey Herzog

Waite Hoyt Hughie Jennings al Kaline George Kell Heinie Manush

Eddie Mathews Hal Newhouser al Simmons Sam Thompson Rick Ferrell

Sparky Anderson

Ed Barrow

Bucky Harris

Hughie Jennings

No longer assigned numbers

  • Ty Cobb
  • 2 Charlie Gehringer
  • 5 Hank Greenberg
  • 6 Al Kaline
  • 16 Hal Newhouser
  • 23 Willie Horton
  • 42 Jackie Robinson

Minor league teams the Tigers

  • AAA Toledo Mudhens, Toledo, Ohio
  • AA Erie SeaWolves, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Advanced A Lakeland Tigers, Lakeland, Florida
  • A West Michigan Whitecaps, Comstock Park, Michigan
  • Short A Oneonta Tigers, Oneonta, New York
  • Rookie Gulf Coast Tigers, Lakeland, Florida