The Detroit Tigers are one of the “Big Four” professional sports teams in Michigan’s most populous city, representing “America’s pastime” through Major League Baseball (the MLB). Founded in 1894 by owner George Vanderbeck, the Detroit Tigers have been a part of the American League since 1901 but have won only four World Series titles (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984). They’ve contended for the title a lot more than that, winning 11 American League pennants. One of those pennants came as a Wild Card team in 2006. The Detroit Tigers also have put 24 players into the Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Herzog, George Kell, and Goose Goslin.