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The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. One of the AL’s eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit in 1894 and is the only AL team still in its original city. Since 1901, the Tigers have won 4 World Series championships, 11 AL pennants, and 4 AL Central division championships. They also won division titles in 1972, 1984, and 1987 as a member of the AL East. Since 2000, the Tigers have played their home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit. The Tigers constructed Bennett Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Trumbull Avenue in Corktown and began playing there in 1896. In 1912, the team moved into Navin Field, which was built on the same location. It was expanded in 1938 and renamed Briggs Stadium. It was renamed Tiger Stadium in 1961 and the Tigers played there until 1999. There are various legends about how the Tigers got their nickname. One involves the orange stripes they wore on their black stockings. In the book “A Place for Summer: A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium”, Richard Bak states that the name originated from the Detroit Light Guard military unit, who were known as “The Tigers”. They had played significant roles in certain Civil War battles and in the 1898 Spanish – American War. Upon entry into the majors, the ballclub sought and received formal permission from the Light Guard to use its trademark. From that day forth, the team has been known officially as the Tigers.

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