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Detroit Tigers has won 4 World Series Ring in year 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984.

On top of that, since their establishment as a major league franchise in 1901, the Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), 11 AL pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, 2012), and four AL Central division championships (2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014).

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.

1935 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

1935 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring
1935 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

The Detroit Tigers won despite losing the services of first baseman Hank Greenberg. In Game 2, Greenberg collided with Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett and broke his wrist, sidelining him for the rest of the Series.

The Chicago Cubs had won 21 consecutive games in September (still a record as of 2021), eventually taking the National League pennant by four games over the defending World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals.

In Game 6, Tommy Bridges pitched a complete-game victory to win the Series for Detroit. With the score tied 3–3 in the top of the ninth inning, Bridges gave up a leadoff triple to Stan Hack, but retired the next three batters without the runner on third scoring. In the bottom of the ninth,

Goose Goslin drove in the winning run with two outs. After the game, manager Mickey Cochrane said the following of Bridges’ gutsy performance: “A hundred and fifty pounds of courage. If there ever is a payoff on courage this little 150-pound pitcher is the greatest World Series hero.”

In addition to Bridges, the Tigers had a hitting hero. Right fielder Pete Fox accumulated ten hits and an average of .385 for the Series. Fox hit safely in all six games.

Lastly, this was the first World Series Ring won by the Detroit Tigers.

1945 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

1945 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring
1945 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

The World Series again used the 3–4 wartime setup for home field sites, instead of the normal 2–3–2. Although the major hostilities of World War II had ended, some of the rules were still in effect.

Many of the majors’ better players were still in military service. Warren Brown, author of a history of the Cubs in 1946, commented on this by titling one chapter “World’s Worst Series”.

He also cited a famous quote of his, referencing himself anonymously and in the third person. When asked who he liked in the Series, he answered, “I don’t think either one of them can win it.”

In a similar vein, Frank Graham jokingly called this Series “the fat men versus the tall men at the office picnic.”

One player decidedly not fitting that description was the Tigers’ slugger Hank Greenberg, who had been discharged from military service early.

He hit the only two Tigers homers in the Series, and scored seven runs overall and also drove in seven.

The Curse of the Billy Goat originated in this Series before the start of Game 4.

Having last won the Series in 1908, the Cubs owned the dubious record of both the longest league pennant drought and the longest World Series drought in history, not winning (or appearing in) another World Series until 2016.

Lastly, this earned the Detroit Tigers their second World Series Ring.

1968 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

1968 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring
1968 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

The Detroit Tigers won their 3rd World Series Ring with a magnificent come in a 3-1 deficit.

Furthermore, Mickey Lolich was named the most valuable player in the world series game.

In addition, the 1968 season was tagged “The Year of the Pitcher”, and the Series featured dominant performances from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson, MVP of the 1964 and 1967 World Series.

Gibson came into the World Series with a regular-season earned run average (ERA) of just 1.12, a modern era record, and he pitched complete games in Games 1, 4, and 7.

He was the winning pitcher in Games 1 and 4. In Game 1, he threw a shutout, striking out a Series record 17 batters, besting Sandy Koufax’s 1963 record by two; it still stands as the World Series record today.

In Game 4, a solo home run by Jim Northrup was the only offense the Tigers were able to muster, as Gibson struck out ten batters.

Furthermore, in Game 7, Gibson was defeated by series MVP Lolich, allowing three runs on four straight hits in the seventh inning, although the key play was a Northrup triple that was seemingly misplayed by center fielder Curt Flood and could have been the third out with no runs scoring.

The World Series saw the Cardinals lose a Game 7 for the first time in their history. This was the sixth World Series of the 1960s to go to a full seven games, the most of any decade.

While the Tigers were the third team to come back from a three-games-to-one deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series, the first two being the 1925 Pirates and the 1958 Yankees; since then, the 1979 Pirates, the 1985 Royals, and the 2016 Cubs have also accomplished this feat.

1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring
1984 Detroit Tigers World Series Ring

The Detroit Tigers won their 4th World Series Ring by defeating the San Diego Padre 4-1 in the World Series game.

Furthermore, this was the city of Detroit’s first World Series Championship won sinve the Tigers themselves won the 1968 World Series Game.

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