November 2011

Holiday Sale at the D Shop

As the holiday season approaches, the Detroit Tigers are giving their fans the opportunity to find that extra-special gift for that extra-special Tigers fan during the one-day-only blowout Tigers Holiday Sale. This Saturday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., fans can enjoy up to 60 percent discounts on select Tigers merchandise, collectibles, apparel and novelties at The D Shop, located on the corner of Witherell Street and Montcalm Avenue.

The Tigers Holiday Sale will be your first opportunity to purchase the brand new one-of-a-kind Justin Verlander Cy Young/MVP Award t-shirt, available in both youth and adult sizes, to celebrate his memorable 2011 season. Additional items for sale at the special one-day event will include jackets, hoodies, jerseys, stickers, bags, t-shirts, players Fatheads and much, much more! Didn’t get the chance to purchase your Tigers postseason gear? Well we’ve got you covered! Postseason merchandise including hats, t-shirts and decals will be available for extra-discounted prices.

         

Can’t make it to the sale, but still looking for that perfect online Tigers gift for your special Tigers fan? Look no further than the Detroit Tigers Holiday Corner on tigers.com/giftguide! Holiday shoppers can purchase Detroit Tigers Holiday Gift Certificates for fans of all ages including certificates for Season Tickets, Spring Training, Fantasy Experiences and the Tigers Kids Club!

Additionally, fans can also enter the Holiday Wish Sweepstakes on tigers.com. The Holiday Wish Sweepstakes offer three different prizes including a Fantasy Batting Practice Viewing experience, a Six-Game Season Ticket Package, and Kids Club Gift Certificates. Fans can register for the Holiday Wish Sweepstakes until December 19, and winners will be selected shortly thereafter.

For more information on the The D Shop Holiday sale, please call (313) 471-2673. For Detroit Tigers Holiday Gift Certificates and the Holiday Wish Sweepstakes, visit tigers.com.

Authentic Thursday

Charlie Gehringer 1926 home jersey

Charlie Gehringer is widely regarded as one of the greatest second baseman of all time.  He was signed by the Detroit Tigers as a free agent in 1924 and made his MLB debut with the team on September 22, 1924.  He played five games with the Tigers that season and only eight games in 1925.  Gehringer wore this jersey in 1926 – his first full season with the Tigers.   Gehringer hit .277 that season and collected 17 triples (second best in the American League).  The following year was the beginning of Gehringer’s many seasons as a reliable .300 hitter.  Gehringer’s playing days ended at the end of the 1942 season when he enlisted in the U.S Navy to serve during World War II.

Gehringer was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949 and his number was retired by the Tigers in 1983.  A statue in his honor has been installed at Comerica Park, the Tigers home playing field.

 

Most Valuable Player

Photo of the Day 11.21.2011

 

Congratulations to Justin Verlander on winning the 2011 AL Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award! The last Tigers pitcher was to take home both awards was Guillermo Hernandez!  Hernandez won the AL Cy Young and MVP in 1984,

Detroit Tigers Thanksgiving Community Giving program

As part of their Thanksgiving Community Giving program, members of the Tigers Front Office volunteered their time at Gleaners Community Food Bank. The group spent the afternoon preparing food for children and families throughout southeast Detroit.

Joined by the group was Fox Sports Detroit broadcaster, Rod Allen. Together the group was able to package 30,874 pounds of food in 1,335 boxes to be distributed to local agencies serving our neighbors.

The Detroit Tigers Front Office Staff.

Fox Sports Detroit Broadcaster, Rod Allen and Tigers Staff members.

Authentic Thursday

1907 pennant

For the first time in their brief history, the Detroit Tigers won the American League pennant in 1907.  They finished the regular season with a .613 winning percentage , a great tribute to Hughie Jennings in his first season as player-manager.  Jennings went on to manage the team until 1920, the longest tenure of any Tigers manager until Sparky Anderson.  Twenty year old Ty Cobb won his first American League batting title in 1907 (.350), and Sam Crawford was only a few percentage points behind (.323).  Tigers ace pitcher “Wild” Bill Donovan lead the league in winning percentage (.862).  Even with such a talented team, the National League Chicago Cubs won the World Series 4-0 in a five game series.  Game one had ended in a 3-3 tie after 12 innings and was called a draw by umpire Hank O’Day due to darkness, something that certainly would never happen today.

The Tigers won the American League pennant again in 1908, 1909 and 1934, but it wasn’t until 1935 that the Tigers finally became World Champions.

Photo of the Day 11.16.2011

Alex Avila and Justin Verlander.

Photo of the Day 11-14-2011

(Brandon Inge and Ryan Raburn)

Veterans Day Photo of the Day 11-11-11

Authentic Thursday

As a charter member of the newly formed American League in 1901, the Detroit Tigers have a long and rich history.  To help preserve that history, the team has an archives filled with meaningful artifacts, documents and historic photos.  Because the Archives is not open to the general public, we will begin featuring some of the unique pieces of memorabilia so our fans can share in our proud history.

The Detroit Tigers Archives started when Michael Ilitch purchased the franchise in 1992.  He is a business owner who is personally dedicated to preserving history and who already had established archives from his other companies in place.  The Tigers Archives is part of the Ilitch Holdings Corporate Archives where artifacts, photos and documents are stored according to accepted archival standards in a temperature and humidity controlled environment.

History is made every day.  The corporate archivist works very closely with the Tigers’ equipment manager to secure artifacts when historical moments take place. It might be a career milestone of a player, or it could be a special event that takes place at the ballpark.  The goal is to preserve that moment for future generations.  The Tigers’ public relations staff also plays a key role in providing documents that have enduring value to the corporate archives.

Vintage artifacts and artifacts prior to the Ilitch ownership are collected through reputable auction houses that specialize in sports memorabilia.  “There is so much fake memorabilia on the market that I need to be very careful,” said Sharon Arend, Director of Archives for Ilitch Holdings.  “For this reason, I will only purchase items that come with a Certificate of Authenticity from a professional sports authenticator.  Through these acquisitions, we are able to preserve our heritage giving us a better understanding of our history and enabling us to pass this information from generation to generation.”

Beginning November 17, 2011, we will feature a piece of memorabilia from the Detroit Tigers Archives every Thursday, along with a short story of its history. The article will be titled “Authentic Thursday’s” be sure to keep an eye out for it each week.

Say Cheese… Photo of the Day 11-7-2011

Say cheese: The MLB All-Stars pose for a team photo in Taiwan … Phil Coke is on the left in the top row.

 

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