One of baseball’s earliest professional clubs, the Detroit Tigers formed in 1894 with the same name and in the same city they still play in today! Originally from the Western League, the Tigers joined up with the American League in 1901 to become part of Major League Baseball. In exciting fashion, their first game against the Milwaukee Brewers featured a dramatic 9th inning rally from 13-4 down to win 14-13! It was the first of many famous wins for the new baseball team from Detroit!
In several years, the Detroit Tigers became one of the best baseball clubs in the entire country. Led by famed legends like Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Bill Donovan, and Ed Killian, the Tigers reached 3 straight World Series between 1907-1909! However, they were unable to win any of those titles and wouldn’t win a championship for quite some time.
Although an AL Pennant remained elusive for the next several years, there were several impressive seasons that fell just short of another World Series berth, including in 1915 when the team won 100 games but finished second behind the Boston Red Sox by a single game. In the 20’s, Cobb took on the role of player/manager and continued to lead the team, though a new hitter by the name of Harry Heilmann was beginning to grow into the role of marquee Tigers hitter. However, the club never was able to win a pennant during this time, despite several decent seasons. Cobb would leave the team in 1926, but by the 1930’s, Detroit became competitive again.
With a lineup featuring Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, and Mikey Cochrane, the Detroit Tigers won 101 games in 1934 and returned to the World Series, but lost yet again. In 1935, those past demons were put to rest. The Tigers won the World Series over the Chicago Cubs after a walk-off hit by Goose Goslin in the pivotal Game 6!
But during WWII, Greenberg would serve in the military, and the Tigers would struggle. When he returned in 1945, Detroit found strength, and they persevered all the way to another World Series title! Unlike past years, this team was buoyed by two great pitchers, Hal Newhouser and Dizzy Trout. After that success, it would be a long time before the Tigers would taste glory again.
That would come with a 1968 World Series championship for the Detroit Tigers, who were led by the 30-game winning pitcher Denny McClain. After an exciting 7-Game Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the Tigers were relevant once again!
The team would again go into obscurity before earning their most recent title in 1984, after a tremendous 104-game winning season (a franchise record). The Tigers were led by the remarkable pitcher Willie Hernandez and hitters like Kirk Gibson and Marty Castillo.
More recently in their new home of Comerica Park, the Tigers have been competitive but have yet to claim a title in the new millennium. They have won several AL Pennants and have won the AL Central Division in 2011-2013, led by incredible talents like Justin Verlander, Maz Scherzer, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera. While Fielder has now departed, the Detroit Tigers still have one of the most formidable squads in all of the MLB and should certainly figure to be in contention once again. Something tells me that Detroit may experience another World Series title soon…
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