Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1960
Class A (1962-1989)
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Florida State League (1960–present)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Detroit Tigers (1963–present)|
San Francisco Giants (1962)Cleveland Indians (1960)
|Minor league titles|
|League titles||1976, 1977, 1992, 2012|
|Nickname||Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007–present)|
Lakeland Tigers (1963–2006)
|Ballpark||Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–present)|
|Henley Field Ball Park (1960, 1962–1965, 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 1963, 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. However the team first originated in 1960 as the Lakeland Indians, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. After a one year hiatus, the team was restarted in 1962 as the Lakeland Giants, and an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
In 2012, the Flying Tigers won their first FSL title in twenty years by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads, three games to two. It was the fourth league title in club history.
- Team name 1
- Notable former ballplayers 2
- Current roster 3
- References 4
- External links 5
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
- 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.
- Official website
- Interview with the General Manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers
- Baseball Reference - Lakeland, Florida