Lakeland Flying Tigers
|Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1963
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Florida State League (1963–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Detroit Tigers (1967–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1976, 1977, 1992, 2012|
|Nickname||Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007–present)|
|Previous names||Lakeland Tigers (1963–2006)|
|Ballpark||Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–present)|
|Previous parks||Henley Field Ball Park (1963–1965, 2002)|
|Detroit Tigers, Inc.|
|General manager||Zach Burek|
Home games are played at Joker Marchant Stadium; opened in 1966 and renovated in 2003. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers spring training home, seats 8,500 fans. It plays in the Florida State League and has been the High-A affiliate of the Tigers since 1967, one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing. Until November 2006, the team was known as the Lakeland Tigers, with branding similar to the parent club.
The team's new name and colors pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics, which trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II. The school was actually located at the current site of Joker Marchant Stadium.
Notable former ballplayers
- Gabe Kapler, Outfielder
- Pat Underwood, Pitcher
- Justin Verlander, Pitcher
- Cody Ross, Outfielder
- Curtis Granderson, Outfielder
Lakeland Flying Tigers roster
- Hill, Benjamin. "PDC's make everything old new again, www.milb.com". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- By Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com (November 13, 2006). "Article | Lakeland Flying Tigers News". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
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