List of Detroit Tigers seasons

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The Detroit Tigers are a charter member of the American League, beginning play in 1901. Their all-time regular season record in MLB play is 8,828–8,578 (.507) (as of the end of the 2012 regular season). In the playoffs, the Tigers have won 10 series and lost 9, and are 52–49 (.515) overall. The Tigers have won 4 World Series championships, 11 American League pennants, 3 American League East division titles, 3 American League Central division titles, and 1 American League wild card berth.

The Tigers have had several periods of success in their history, though most have been short. Between 1907 and 1911 they played in three World Series without a win. From 1934 to 1950 they had only two losing seasons and won two of their four World Series. From 1961 to 1973 the Tigers also had only two losing seasons, but only twice reached the postseason; the period from 1978 to 1988 was similar.

The Tigers have had some striking failures in their history, including the period from 1988 to 2005 where they did not play in the postseason and had only two winning seasons between 1989 and the end of this period.

Best seasons in Detroit Tigers history[edit]

Best Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
Rank Year Wins Losses Win %   Finish
1 1934 101 53 .656 Lost 1934 World Series to Cardinals
2 1915 100 54 .649 2nd in AL behind Red Sox
3 1909 98 54 .645 Lost 1909 World Series to Pirates
4 1984 104 58 .642 Won 1984 World Series over Padres
5 1968 103 59 .636 Won 1968 World Series over Cardinals
6 1961 101 61 .623 2nd in AL behind Yankees
7 1950 95 59 .617 2nd in AL behind Yankees
8 1935 93 58 .616 Won 1935 World Series over Cubs
9 1907 92 58 .613 Lost 1907 World Series to Cubs
10 1987 98 64 .605 Lost 1987 ALCS to Twins
11 1946 92 62 .597 2nd in AL behind Red Sox
12 1908 90 63 .588 Lost 1908 World Series to Cubs
13 2006 95 67 .586 Lost 2006 World Series to Cardinals
13 2011 95 67 .586 Lost 2011 ALCS to Rangers
15 1940 90 64 .584 Lost 1940 World Series to Reds
16 1911 89 65 .578 2nd in AL behind A's
16 1937 89 65 .578 2nd in AL behind Yankees
18 1945 88 65 .575 Won 1945 World Series over Cubs
19 2013 93 69 .574 Lost 2013 ALCS to Red Sox
20 1944 88 66 .571 2nd in AL behind Browns

Worst seasons in Detroit Tigers history[edit]

Worst Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
Rank Year Wins Losses Win %
1 2003 43 119 .265
2 1952 50 104 .325
3 1996 53 109 .327
4 2002 55 106 .342
5 1975 57 102 .358
6 1989 59 103 .364

Record season-by-season[edit]

The following table describes a season-by-season listing of the Tigers win-loss record.

World Series Champions AL Champions Division Champions (1969–Present) Wild Card Berth (1995–Present)
Season League Division Regular Season Post-Season Awards
Finish Wins Losses Win% GB
Detroit Tigers
1901 AL 3rd 74 61 .548 8.5
1902 AL 7th 52 83 .385 30.5
1903 AL 5th 65 71 .478 25
1904 AL 7th 62 90 .408 32
1905 AL 3rd 79 74 .516 15.5
1906 AL 6th 71 78 .477 21
1907 AL 1st 92 58 .613 Lost World Series (Cubs) 4–0
1908 AL 1st 90 63 .588 Lost World Series (Cubs) 4–1
1909 AL 1st 98 54 .645 Lost World Series (Pirates) 4–3 Ty Cobb (TC)
1910 AL 3rd 86 68 .558 18
1911 AL 2nd 89 65 .578 13.5 Ty Cobb (MVP)
1912 AL 6th 69 84 .451 36.5
1913 AL 6th 66 87 .431 30
1914 AL 4th 80 73 .523 19.5
1915 AL 2nd 100 54 .649 2.5
1916 AL 3rd 87 67 .565 4
1917 AL 4th 78 75 .510 21.5
1918 AL 7th 55 71 .437 20
1919 AL 4th 80 60 .571 8
1920 AL 7th 61 93 .396 37
1921 AL 6th 71 82 .464 27
1922 AL 3rd 79 75 .513 15
1923 AL 2nd 83 71 .539 16
1924 AL 3rd 86 68 .558 6
1925 AL 4th 81 73 .526 16.5
1926 AL 6th 79 75 .513 12
1927 AL 4th 82 71 .536 27.5
1928 AL 6th 68 86 .442 33
1929 AL 6th 70 84 .455 36
1930 AL 5th 75 79 .487 27
1931 AL 7th 61 93 .396 47
1932 AL 5th 76 75 .503 29.5
1933 AL 5th 75 79 .487 25
1934 AL 1st 101 53 .656 Lost World Series (Cardinals) 4–3 Mickey Cochrane (MVP)
1935 AL 1st 93 58 .616 Won World Series (Cubs) 4–2 Hank Greenberg (MVP)
1936 AL 2nd 83 71 .539 19.5
1937 AL 2nd 89 65 .578 13 Charlie Gehringer (MVP)
1938 AL 4th 84 70 .545 16
1939 AL 5th 81 73 .526 26.5
1940 AL 1st 90 64 .584 Lost World Series (Reds) 4–3 Hank Greenberg (MVP)
1941 AL 4th 75 79 .487 26
1942 AL 5th 73 81 .474 30
1943 AL 5th 78 76 .506 20
1944 AL 2nd 88 66 .571 1 Hal Newhouser (MVP)
1945 AL 1st 88 65 .575 Won World Series (Cubs) 4–3 Hal Newhouser (MVP, TC)
1946 AL 2nd 92 62 .597 12
1947 AL 2nd 85 69 .552 12
1948 AL 5th 78 76 .506 18.5
1949 AL 4th 87 67 .565 10
1950 AL 2nd 95 59 .617 3
1951 AL 5th 73 81 .474 25
1952 AL 8th 50 104 .325 45
1953 AL 6th 60 94 .390 40.5 Harvey Kuenn (ROY)
1954 AL 5th 68 86 .442 43
1955 AL 5th 79 75 .513 17
1956 AL 5th 82 72 .532 15
1957 AL 4th 78 76 .506 20
1958 AL 5th 77 77 .500 15
1959 AL 4th 76 78 .494 18
1960 AL 6th 71 83 .461 26
1961 AL 2nd 101 61 .623 8
1962 AL 4th 85 76 .528 10.5
1963 AL 5th 79 83 .488 25.5
1964 AL 4th 85 77 .525 14
1965 AL 4th 89 73 .549 13
1966 AL 3rd 88 74 .543 10
1967 AL 3rd 91 71 .562 1
1968 AL 1st 103 59 .636 Won World Series (Cardinals) 4–3 Denny McLain (MVP, CYA)
1969 AL East 2nd 90 72 .556 19 Denny McLain (CYA)
1970 AL East 4th 79 83 .488 29
1971 AL East 2nd 91 71 .562 12
1972 AL East 1st 86 70 .551 Lost ALCS (Athletics) 3–2
1973 AL East 3rd 85 77 .525 12
1974 AL East 6th 72 90 .444 19
1975 AL East 6th 57 102 .358 37.5
1976 AL East 5th 74 87 .460 24 Mark Fidrych (ROY)
1977 AL East 4th 74 88 .457 26
1978 AL East 5th 86 76 .531 13.5 Lou Whitaker (ROY)
1979 AL East 5th 85 76 .528 18
1980 AL East 5th 84 78 .519 19
1981 AL East 4th 31 26 .544 3.5
3rd 29 23 .558 1.5
1982 AL East 4th 83 79 .512 12
1983 AL East 2nd 92 70 .568 6
1984 AL East 1st 104 58 .642 Won ALCS (Royals) 3–0
Won World Series (Padres) 4–1
Willie Hernández (MVP, CYA)
Sparky Anderson (MOY)
1985 AL East 3rd 84 77 .522 15
1986 AL East 3rd 87 75 .537 8.5
1987 AL East 1st 98 64 .605 Lost ALCS (Twins) 4–1 Sparky Anderson (MOY)
1988 AL East 2nd 88 74 .543 1
1989 AL East 7th 59 103 .364 30
1990 AL East 3rd 79 83 .488 9
1991 AL East 2nd 84 78 .519 7
1992 AL East 6th 75 87 .463 21
1993 AL East 4th 85 77 .525 10
1994 AL East 5th 53 62 .461 18 Playoffs canceled
1995 AL East 4th 60 84 .417 26
1996 AL East 5th 53 109 .327 39
1997 AL East 3rd 79 83 .488 19
1998 AL Central 5th 65 97 .401 24
1999 AL Central 3rd 69 92 .429 27.5
2000 AL Central 3rd 79 83 .488 16
2001 AL Central 4th 66 96 .407 25
2002 AL Central 5th 55 106 .342 39
2003 AL Central 5th 43 119 .265 47
2004 AL Central 4th 72 90 .444 20
2005 AL Central 4th 71 91 .438 28
2006 AL Central 2nd 95 67 .586 1 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3–1
Won ALCS (Athletics) 4–0
Lost World Series (Cardinals) 4–1
Justin Verlander (ROY)
Jim Leyland (MOY)
2007 AL Central 2nd 88 74 .543 8
2008 AL Central 5th 74 88 .457 14.5
2009 AL Central 2nd 86 77 .528 1
2010 AL Central 3rd 81 81 .500 13
2011 AL Central 1st 95 67 .586 Won ALDS (Yankees) 3–2
Lost ALCS (Rangers) 4–2
Justin Verlander (MVP, CYA, TC)
2012 AL Central 1st 88 74 .543 Won ALDS (Athletics) 3–2
Won ALCS (Yankees) 4–0
Lost World Series (Giants) 4–0
Miguel Cabrera (MVP, TC)
2013 AL Central 1st 93 69 .574 Won ALDS (Athletics) 3–2
Lost ALCS (Red Sox) 4–2
Miguel Cabrera (MVP)
Max Scherzer (CYA)
2014 AL Central 1st 90 72 .556 Lost ALDS (Orioles) 3–0

* Received American League wild card berth

Record by decade[edit]

The following table describes the Tigers MLB win-loss record by decade.

Decade Wins Losses Pct
1900s 683 632 .519
1910s 790 704 .529
1920s 760 778 .494
1930s 818 716 .533
1940s 834 705 .542
1950s 738 802 .479
1960s 882 729 .547
1970s 789 820 .490
1980s 839 727 .536
1990s 702 852 .452
2000s 729 891 .450
2010s 447 360 .554
All-time 9011 8719 .508

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