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History of Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are one of the most storied baseball franchises in Major League history.  From their humble beginnings as a minor league team in Ban Johnson’s Western League, the Detroit Tigers have established themselves as an internationally recognized institution – and an integral part of everyday life in the city of Detroit and throughout state of Michigan and the surrounding region.

The Detroit Tigers were established in 1894 by team owner George Arthur Vanderbeck, a California entrepreneur who moved to Detroit to found a baseball team.  That team, predicted Vanderbeck, would become “the cream of the league” and the original nickname of the team became The Creams.

By 1896, the team was in need of a new ballpark and the land at the corner of Michigan & Trumbull became available.  Vanderbeck purchased the property that was once known as Woodbridge Grove and later served as the Western Hay Market and built a wooden ballpark known as Bennett Park.

From 1896 through 1911, the Detroit Tigers played their home games at the ballpark named after fan favorite Charlie Bennett, whose playing days dated back to the 1880s and the glory days of the National League’s Detroit Wolverines.

In 1912, a new stadium on the site of Bennett Park opened named Navin Field.  The steel and concrete structure was the pride of Detroit and was named after the team owner, Frank Navin.  Over the years, the stadium expanded and evolved.  By 1938, it was an enclosed, double-decked structure known as Briggs Stadium, named after team owner, Walter O. Briggs.

In 1961, the stadium changed names for the last time and was called Tiger Stadium.  It served as the home of the Detroit Tigers through the 1999 season when the Tigers played their last game at The Corner and began playing at the newly built Comerica Park.

From 1896 through 1999, hundreds of Detroit Tigers legends played baseball at The Corner.  They include Tiger players like Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Harry Heilmann, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Goose Goslin, Mickey Cochrane, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Denny McLain, Willie Horton, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, Lance Parrish, Kirk Gibson, Alan Trammell, Lou Whitaker, Jack Morris, and Chet Lemon.

The Tigers won four World Series championships at The Corner: 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.  There were three All-Star Games played on the site: 1941, 1951 and 1971.  The Tigers and the corner of Michigan & Trumbull have one of the most storied histories in all of professional sports.

Detroiters have had a 100-plus year love affair with the Detroit Tigers, and Detroit Athletic Co. serves as the Motor City's original sports specialty shop.  We’re the fan favorite for authentic Detroit sports apparel and gifts for the Detroit Tigers.  As the city's premier source for merchandise and apparel, we carry the largest selection of Detroit Tigers jerseys, T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, jackets and souvenirs anywhere in the world.

At DetroitAthletic.com, we carry a full selection of officially licensed Detroit Tigers baseball apparel. If you are looking for a variety of Detroit Tigers gear and Tigers T-Shirts in an assortment of popular styles and sizes then you’ve come to the right place. Items like Justin Verlander jerseys and Miguel Cabrera jerseys and Prince Fielder jerseys are some fan favorites. No matter what kind of Tigers jersey you’re looking for, we offer a one-stop shopping experience for all your Detroit Tigers merchandise needs.

We also carry a full selection of customizable MLB jerseys from Majestic. You can personalize an authentic Detroit Tigers baseball jersey so you can look like one of the players on the field. Whether you want to represent your Tigers with a home, away, batting practice, replica or vintage style jersey, you are sure to find what you’re looking for when you shop with DetroitAthletic.com.

From Detroit Tigers hats to Detroit Tigers sweatshirts, snapbacks, youth jerseys, T-Shirts, outerwear and more, we’ve got your Tigers fan covered with high quality, affordable Detroit Tigers clothing. Shop now and stop back often because we are always adding to our mix of classic looks and fashion forward styles in men, women’s, Big & Tall, Plus, and children and youth sizes.

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