Detroit Tigers Tickets
Four World Series, eleven AL Pennants and seven East and Central Division Championships combined is what the Detroit Tigers have won over the years. This is a pretty good title haul for any team in the business. The Tigers have been through quite a few ups and downs over the years but their form of late has been impressive. They failed to make it to the playoffs last season but they did make it to the postseason in each of the four seasons prior to that. The Tigers will now be out to prove a point this time around and their dedicated fans are expected to buy Detroit Tigers tickets in big numbers to root for their favorite baseball team all through what promises to be a thrilling season. Check out their roster on official website.
From minor to major leagues
The Detroit Tigers trace their roots back to the days of the Minor Western League. The league was reorganized for the 1894 season and the Detroit franchise became its charter member. They took to the field for the first time for an exhibition encounter and came out on top by a score of 30-3.
The club used to play its home games at the Bennett Park back then and they took to the field for their first ever Western League encounter on April 28, 1896. Their opponents that day were the Columbus Senators and the team from the Motor City won the clash 17-2. Then came a big moment. The Western League was renamed the American League in the year 1900 and in 1901 it upped the ante by becoming a major league.
The Detroit Tigers were now a major league side and they took on the Milwaukee Brewers on April 25, 1901 in their first ever game. Around ten thousand fans turned up at the Bennett Park for that monumental occasion. The Tigers however were down 13-4 as they entered the ninth inning. What happened next was one of the most dramatic moments in the franchise's history. When the Tigers looked dead and buried, they roared back and roared back with a vengeance. The final score was 14-13 in the favor of the team from the Motor City and they eventually finished in third place in the AL at the end of that inaugural season.
The new ballpark
Detroit had blue laws that prevented the team from playing baseball on Sundays. The owner during those days, James D. Burns, then built a new ballpark on a piece of land he owned and named it Burns Park. The franchise played there for two years (1901, 1902).
Then eleven years down the line, a new stadium was built where the Bennett Park was situated. It was named Navin Field after the name of the owner Frank Navin. Renovation was done in 1938 to improve the facility and was given the title of Briggs Stadium. The ballpark was then named Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the franchise called it its home till the conclusion of the 1999 season. They have been based at the Comerica Park since the year 2000.
The Tigers roar for the first time
The Detroit Tigers then went on to make a purchase that was to take them to the next level. They added a certain guy named Ty Cobb to the roster in the year 1905 and he is now ranked among the greatest players in history.
The Tigers already had a very talented team that included the likes of Bill Donovan, Sam Crawford, George Mullin and Hughie Jennings. The arrival of Cobb just elevated them to a whole new level. The Tigers went 92-58 in the 1907 season to get their hands on their first ever AL Pennant. They then went on to face the Chicago Cubs in the World Series but came up short against their stronger rivals.
The Detroit Tigers headed out the next season and clinched their second successive AL Pennant to prove that that their previous season win was not a fluke or a flash in the pan moment. They came up against the Cubs once again in the World Series and suffered another defeat. Their great run did not stop there either. The Tigers went 96-56 in 1909 and completed their hat-trick of pennants. This time they were up against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series but once again could not get past that final hurdle.
A lean patch
The Detroit Tigers had momentum on their side but they failed to make the most of it. They did play some good baseball after 1909, like amassing one hundred wins in the year 1915. The Boston Red Sox however won a game more to clinch the AL Pennant that season. Cobb set a new record for stolen bases with ninety six that year. That record remained unbroken till 1962. The Tigers were quite good and they did perform admirably but all that still did not translate into any titles or playoff appearances. The trend more or less continued till the 1930s when the Tigers rose from their slumber in an epic fashion.
Top of the mountain
The Detroit Tigers then went on to post a 101-53 season record during the 1934 season to clinch their fourth AL Pennant. They went up against the St. Louis Cardinals for the World Series title but came up short in a very close series.
It was a case of always the bridesmaid and never the bride for the Detroit Tigers in terms of winning the World Series. They ended that jinx in 1935. After winning ninety three games and clinching the AL Pennant once again, the Tigers proceeded to square-off against the Chicago Cubs in the World Series Finals. The Tigers won the series 4-2 to finally get their hands on their first World Series title.
The productive 1940s
In 1940, the Tigers made it to the playoffs for the first time after the 1935 season in. They won the AL Pennant yet again but lost to the Cincinnati Reds in MLB's showpiece series. They had to wait another half a decade to qualify for the playoffs again. The Detroit Tigers clinched their seventh AL Pennant in 1945 and then beat the Cubs 4-3 to win their second World Series title. The future looked bright but the wheels came off in spectacular fashion and the Tigers went in freefall. It would take them quite a few years to get their act together and return to winning ways.
The Detroit Tigers did not make it to the playoffs after 1945 and that remained the case all the way till 1968. That is not to say that they were abysmal all the way through. The Tigers did rack up quite a few winning seasons in between but they failed to win any titles. That changed in 1968 and that too in a typical Tigers' style.
The Detroit Tigers clinched another AL Pennant that season and won an astonishing one hundred and three games. Their overall record was 103-59. That however wasn't the end of their run that year. The Tigers went toe to toe with the St. Louis Cardinals for the ultimate prize in the business, the World Series and came out on the right side of the result after a grueling series. Just as it had happened previously, their form fell away once again.
The first division title
The Detroit Tigers had won three World Series and eight AL Pennants by the time the 1970s rolled in. The only major championships missing from their trophy cabinet was the division crown. That also changed in 1972 when the Tigers went on to win the first of their seven division titles to date.
The glorious 1980s
The Detroit Tigers entered the 1980s in a decent form. They had recorded winning seasons in 1978 and 1979 and then proceeded to repeat the trick over the next four straight campaigns too. The year 1984 turned out to be their most successful in history. They won the division title and then took on the Kansas City Royals, defeating them to be declared as the AL Pennant winners. The Tigers won the first three games quite comfortably to rubberstamp their presence in the World Series Finals.
They were up against the San Diego Padres. The team from the Motor City won the series 4-1 to become the team to beat for the fourth time in their illustrious history. The Tigers won another division championship in 1987 to cap off quite a successful decade.
The very successful 2000s
The Detroit Tigers failed to win any more titles for the entirety of the 1990s and the first half of the 2000s. Just when things were looking bleak, they roared back into form. The Detroit Tigers won the AL Pennant yet again in 2006. After a break of five seasons, they clinched their fourth division title in total and their first AL Central championship in 2011.
They did the AL Pennant and AL Central Division title double in 2012 and then went on to clinch two more division championships in 2013 and 2014. Four straight division title triumphs put the Detroit Tigers in the company of the most consistent sides of the current era.
The Detroit Tigers have been an enigma and extremely unpredictable. They come out of nowhere to win the biggest titles the sport has to offer and then just as suddenly disappear into the wilderness. This has been the story of their legacy so far. No one knows which Tigers' side will turn up for the season and that is what makes them such a dangerous prospect for other teams in the league.
Will this be their year to shine? This is a question that even the Tigers themselves cannot answer in all probability. One thing is for sure, they keep the excitement level up and alive and this is your chance to book Detroit Tigers tickets to join what should be another pulsating season-long ride.
Some Tigers facts at a glance:
The Detroit Tigers have won 4 World Series titles.
They have won 11 AL Pennants.
They have won 3 AL East Division titles and 4 AL Central Division Championships.
The Detroit Tigers won 105 games during the 1934 season, which is the most they have won in a single campaign.
12 Detroit Tigers players have won the AL MVP Award over the years.
5 Detroit Tigers players have won the AL Cy Young Award over the years.
Ty Cobb leads the Tigers all-time batting average with .369.
Ty Cobb is the Tigers leading run scorer as well with 2087 to his name.
Al Kaline holds the record for the most home runs scored by a Tigers player in history with 399.
Hooks Dauss has 223 wins to his credit, the most by any Detroit Tigers player in history.
John Hiller played in 545 games for the Tigers, the most by a pitcher in the franchise's history.
Harry Coveleski has an ERA of 2.34, the best among all Tigers pitchers in history.