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Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. One of the AL's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit in . They are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the AL The Tigers have won four World Series championships (, , , and ), 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). The Tigers also won division titles in 1972, 1984 and 1987 while members of the AL East. The team currently plays its home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.

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In 1908, and unusual circumstance occurred. The Detroit Tigers were playing the Cleveland Naps (named for Napoleon Lajoie). Germany Schaefer was on first base, Davy Jones was on third base with Sam Crawford at bat. Germany Schaefer flashed Davy Jones the sign for a double steal, meaning the runner on first would take off for second and as the catcher throws for second the runner on third races for home with the idea that one or both runners would be safe, As the pitcher wound up, Germany Schaefer ran for second. Unfortunately, Nig Clarke, the catcher for Cleveland, did not throw to second base. Germany Schaefer stole second, but Davy Jones did not steal home. At this point Davy Jones is still on third and Germany Schaefer is now on second. Schaefer yelled, "Let's try it again!" and as the pitcher threw the ball, he ran back to first base. Everyone was so amazed at what just happened that no one did anything. The first baseman for Cleveland, George Stovall was so surprised that he didn't even move to cover first base when Germany reached it. Not only that, but the umpires were confused, too. After the umpires consulted each other they determined that there wasn't any rule against what happened. Now they were back to where they started, with Schaefer on first and Jones on third. The next pitch, Schaefer tried to steal second base again. This time, the catcher threw to second base to try to tag him out. When the catcher threw the ball, Davy Jones took off from third to steal home. Both runners were safe. This is one of the most unique circumstances in baseball history, that not only defined the creativity of the Detroit Tigers of the early 1900's, but also the excitement of how baseball used to be.

Contributed by Elizabeth Abramson

In 1908, and unusual circumstance occurred. The Detroit Tigers were playing the Cleveland Naps (named for Napoleon Lajoie). Germany Schaefer was on first base, Davy Jones was on third base with Sam Crawford at bat. Germany Schaefer flashed Davy Jones the sign for a double steal, meaning the runner on first would take off for second and as the catcher throws for second the runner on third races for home with the idea that one or both runners would be safe, As the pitcher wound up, Germany Schaefer ran for second. Unfortunately, Nig Clarke, the catcher for Cleveland, did not throw to second base. Germany Schaefer stole second, but Davy Jones did not steal home. At this point Davy Jones is still on third and Germany Schaefer is now on second. Schaefer yelled, "Let's try it again!" and as the pitcher threw the ball, he ran back to first base. Everyone was so amazed at what just happened that no one did anything. The first baseman for Cleveland, George Stovall was so surprised that he didn't even move to cover first base when Germany reached it. Not only that, but the umpires were confused, too. After the umpires consulted each other they determined that there wasn't any rule against what happened. Now they were back to where they started, with Schaefer on first and Jones on third. The next pitch, Schaefer tried to steal second base again. This time, the catcher threw to second base to try to tag him out. When the catcher threw the ball, Davy Jones took off from third to steal home. Both runners were safe. This is one of the most unique circumstances in baseball history, that not only defined the creativity of the Detroit Tigers of the early 1900's, but also the excitement of how baseball used to be.

Contributed by Elizabeth Abramson

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