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.