Detroit Tigers

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Detroit Tigers
founded in 1894
Detroit tigers textlogo.svg
Club colors
Navy blue, white, orange



Ball park (s)

  • Comerica Park (since 2000)
  • Tiger Stadium (1912-1999)
  • Bennett Park (1896-1911)
  • Burns Park (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 (7):
    1972, 1984, 1987, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Wild Card (1):
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The Detroit Tigers are a Major League - Baseball team of the American League . The club has played its home games at Comerica Park in Detroit , Michigan since 2000 .


As a founding member of the American League , the Detroit Tigers began playing in 1901. The year 1905 was the first high point in its history. On August 30, 1905, Ty Cobb played his first game for Detroit. He remained loyal to the team until 1928 and broke several major league records. From 1907 to 1909, the Tigers won three American League championship titles in a row under their manager Hughie Jennings , but were defeated in the first two years by the Chicago Cubs , and in 1909 by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series . The Tigers still had an excellent record in 1915, but despite 100 victories it was only enough to 2nd place in the American League behind the Boston Red Sox .

Iván Rodríguez of the Detroit Tigers on strike

Until 1934 the Detroit Tigers showed only mediocre performance and could not build on the successes at the beginning of the century. It only changed with the signing of Mickey Cochrane from the Philadelphia Athletics . Under Cochrane, who was active as 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 it should be enough for the first World Series win in 1935. The Tigers had the upper hand in six games. Under Del Baker as a manager, the finals could be reached again in 1940, but they were lost to the Cincinnati Reds in seven games.

The 1945 season was a curiosity. Since the Washington Senators made their stadium available for football games , they had set up their schedule so that their season ended a week earlier than that of the other teams. So they had to watch this week without a fight as the Tigers overtook them in the table and won the American League title. Inspired by these events, the Tigers, led by their manager Steve O'Neill, defeated the Cubs 4-3 in the World Series.

Many talents then played with the Tigers (including Al Kaline ) over the next 20 years , but no sporting successes could be recorded. It wasn't until 1968 that this changed again. Mayo Smith was the manager of the team that had his formidable pitcher in Denny McLain . With 31 wins, he was the first pitcher since Lefty Grove in 1934 to surpass the 30-win mark. To this day, 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 again for the first time in 1972 under manager Billy Martin , but were subject to the Oakland Athletics with 2: 3. Sparky Anderson took over directing the Tigers as manager in 1979 for the next 16 years. Two American League championships and a World Series title could be celebrated during this time. In 1984 , after defeating the Kansas City Royals, the San Diego Padres were defeated in just five games in the World Series. The Tigers' shortstop, Alan Trammell , was named the World Series MVP. In 1987 the Tigers reached the American League final for the last time, but were subject to the Minnesota Twins . As a result, the Detroit Tigers were only found in midfield of the American League. In 2006 the Tigers made it back to the World Series , but lost 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals .


Regular season

In the middle of the season, the Tigers still had a negative game record (39-42). In the second half of the season they played much better and fought a bitter duel with the Chicago White Sox for the top of the table. On October 1, three game days before the end of the season, the Tigers secured themselves with a 6-3 win over the Kansas City Royals to win the AL Central Division. This was the Tigers' first defense of their title in the Central Division and the first consecutive postseason participation after 1934 and 1935. The Tigers finished the season with a 88-74 record.

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


In the 5th game of the AL Division Series against the Oakland Athletics , Justin Verlander scored 11 strike-outs at 6-0 and only allowed 4 hits. With this victory, the Tigers won the AL Division title for the second time in a row.

In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Tigers became the first team to lose a 4-point lead or more in the 9th inning in a postseason game and still win. They scored twice more in the 12th inning and won 6-4 at the New York Yankees . With 4 wins in 4 games of the AL Championship Series, the New York Yankees were able to " swept " to win the 11th AL Champion title and secure entry into the World Series.

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

Placements in recent years

American League Central 2008-2015
year 1. 2. 3. 4th 5. Postseason
2008 CWS (14.5) MIN (13.5) CLE (7.0) KC (1.0) 74-88 ––
2009 MIN (1.0) 86-77 CWS (6.5) CLE (20.5) KC (20.5) ––
2010 MIN (13.0) CWS (7.0) 81 - 81 CLE (12.0) KC (14.0) ––
2011 95-67 CLE (15.0) CWS (16.0) KC (24.0) MIN (32.0) ALCS
2012 88-74 CWS (3.0) KC (16.0) CLE (20.0) MIN (22.0) AL
2013 93-69 CLE (1.0) KC (7.0) MIN (27.0) CWS (30.0) ALCS
2014 90-72 KC (1.0) CLE (5.0) CWS (17.0) MIN (20.0) ALDS
2015 KC (21.0) MIN (9.0) CLE (7.0) CWS (2.0) 73-87 ––
2016 CLE (8.0) 86-75 KC (5.5) CWS (8.5) MIN (27.5) ––

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

Tigers in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Detroit Tigers Hall of Famers
Membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame
as a player
Sparky Anderson
Earl Averill
Ed Barrow
Jim Bunning
Ty Cobb
Mickey Cochrane
Sam Crawford
Larry Doby
Rick Ferrell
Charlie Gehringer
Goose Goslin
Hank Greenberg
Bucky Harris
Harry Heilmann
Whitey Duke
Waite Hoyt
Hughie Jennings
Al Kaline
George Kell
Heinie Manush
Eddie Mathews
Jack Morris
Hal Newhouser
Al Simmons
Sam Thompson
Alan Trammell

as a manager

Sparky Anderson Ed Barrow Bucky Harris Hughie Jennings
Bold players are mapped to their Hall of Fame plaques with Achievement.

Numbers that are no longer assigned

Current squad

Detroit Tigers player
Active players (25-player group) Inactive players (40-player group) Trainer / Others


Starting rotation












Injury icon 2.svgInjury list (7 or 10 days)
* Banned
Roster updated on August 14, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic , the number of players in the active squad at the beginning of the 2020 MLB season on 23/24. July increased to 30 players. Two weeks later there was a scheduled reduction to 28 players. Another two weeks later, the number of players is to be reduced to 26 and maintained for the entire 2020 season. In the case of double-headers , the teams may appoint a 27th player to the active squad.

Minor league teams of the Tigers

The following minor league teams belong to the Tigers franchise :



  • William M. Anderson: The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tigers History. 5th, revised edition. Wayne State University Press, Detroit 1991, ISBN 978-0-8143-4157-5 .

Web links

Commons : Detroit Tigers  - Collection of images, videos, and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. No shirt numbers were common in Ty Cobb's seasons. He is immortalized only with his name on the stadium wall of the Comerica Park.
  2. Jackie Robinson's number is no longer assigned by any MLB team.
  3. (English) accessed on: August 14, 2020
  4. ^ Affiliate History - Detroit Tigers. In: The Baseball Cube. Retrieved November 27, 2018 .