Detroit Tigers News & Information
The Detroit Tigers have been entertaining baseball fans in Detroit and around the Michigan area for over one hundred years. It all started when the Tigers won their very first American League game in Major League Baseball in 1901; from that very moment, the franchise has developed its amazing history.
The most famous player for the Detroit Tigers and one who continues to capture the imagination of baseball fans everywhere even more than a hundred years after his debut is Tyrus Raymond Cobb. Ty Cobb started playing for the Tigers in 1905, and may still enjoy his reputation as the dirtiest player in baseball. Cobb was known to start fights with opposing teams, and fought almost as hard with his own teammates. He even once beat up a fan; this event in particular helped to sully his image, as the fan he assaulted had no arms!
Detroit is a gritty, blue-collar city that is used to being the underdog in a fight, and to many, Cobb exemplified that spirit, in part by winning nine straight batting titles. Other star players, many of them Hall of Famers, that have worn the Olde English script D, perhaps the Tigers' most easily recognized logo, includes Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser, George Kell, Al Kaline, Kirk Gibson, and Cecil Fielder. Another locally famous player is Denny McLain. McLain had a great career with the Tigers, but is perhaps best known for criminal fraud and prison after his baseball career.
With a history this grand, the Tigers have played in several stadiums. The Tigers first started out in Bennett Stadium, and then moved on to Tiger Stadium, which was their home for eighty-one years. Ask an old timer in Detroit where the Tigers played, and you might hear Navin Field or Briggs Stadium. These were alternative names used to refer to the Tiger Stadium. The stadium did not take the name that most Detroiters now know it by until the 1961 season. Regardless of its name, the Tigers have played in the stadium at Michigan and Trumble for as long as most living people can remember. Home ground for the Tigers now is Comerica Park, which is still within the city of Detroit.
For many years, Detroit Tigers tickets were not hard to come by, owing to the team's rather unimpressive performance during the regular season that left them out of the post season. Although in more recent years, the management has done an exceptional job at uplifting the franchise from perennial bottom dweller to a World Series contender. Ticket availability has decreased correspondingly, as fans have flocked back to Comerica Park to watch their beloved Tigers play.
Attending Tigers games is a multi-generational event, with children, parents, and grandparents all coming out to watch the game. Detroit tickets are usually easiest to get at the beginning of the season, owing to Detroit's cold weather. While opening day in April is a major event, and may very well be sold out, game attendees are all too familiar with having to wrap up well. It is not unheard of, even common, for snow to be falling to welcome the Tigers and their fans to the new season.
The Tigers play in Major League Baseball's American League, against such nearby rivals in Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland, and Kansas City. These cities also have sports teams in football, basketball, and hockey. Detroit fans have year round rivalries with these neighboring cities. The Detroit Tigers take up the banner for Detroit all summer long. They not always win, in fact have not won often, but the fans are always excited to see their beloved Tigers take the field and do battle with baseball foes. So round up your family, get your hands on some Detroit tickets, and go on out to Comerica Park if you want to be a part of a Detroit tradition that stretches back over a century.