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 (4)||
|Nickname||Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007–present)|
Lakeland Tigers (1963–2006)
|Ballpark||Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (1966–2001, 2003–2015, 2017-)|
|Henley Field (1960, 1962–1965, 2002, 2016)|
|Detroit Tigers, Inc.|
|General Manager||Zach Burek|
Home games are played at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium; opened in 1966 and renovated in 2002-03. The park, which also doubles as the Detroit Tigers spring training home, seats 8,500 fans. Renovations are set to be completed in the spring of 2017. 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 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.
In 2006, the team introduced a new name and colors to pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics. The school trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II, and was actually located at the current site of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Notable former ballplayers
- Curtis Granderson, Outfielder
- Paul Jata, Outfielder
- Gabe Kapler, Outfielder
- Elliott Maddox, Outfielder
- Cody Ross, Outfielder
- Chuck Scrivener, Shortstop
- Pat Underwood, Pitcher
- Justin Verlander, Pitcher
- 2012: Defeated Dunedin 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Jupiter 3-2 to win championship.
- 2005: Defeated Dunedin 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Palm Beach 3-2 in finals.
- 2002: Defeated Jupiter 2-0 in semifinals; lost to Charlotte 3-2 in finals.
- 1997: Lost to St. Petersburg 2-0 in semifinals.
- 1993: Lost to St. Lucie 2-1 in semifinals.
- 1992: Defeated West Palm Beach 2-0 in quarterfinals; defeated Clearwater 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Baseball City 2-0 to win championship.
- 1991: Lost to West Palm Beach 2-0 in semifinals.
- 1990: Lost to West Palm Beach 2-1 in semifinals.
- 1989: Lost to St. Petersburg 2-1 in semifinals.
- 1988: Lost to St. Lucie 2-1 in quarterfinals.
- 1987: Lost to Fort Lauderdale 2-0 in semifinals.
- 1978: Defeated St. Petersburg 1-0 in semifinals; lost to Miami 2-1 in finals.
- 1977: Defeated Miami 2-0 in semifinals; defeated St. Petersburg 3-1 to win championship.
- 1976: Defeated Miami 2-0 in semifinals; defeated Tampa 2-0 to win championship.
- 1974: Lost to Fort Lauderdale 2-0 in semifinals.
- 1973: Lost to West Palm Beach 2-1 in semifinals.
- 1970: Lost to Miami 2-0 in semifinals.
Lakeland Flying Tigers roster
- Hill, Benjamin. "PDC's make everything old new again, www.milb.com". Web.minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- Benjamin Hill / Special to MLB.com (November 13, 2006). "Article | Lakeland Flying Tigers News". Minorleaguebaseball.com. Retrieved February 17, 2011.
- Archived February 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lakeland Flying Tigers.|
- Official website
- Interview with the General Manager of the Lakeland Flying Tigers
- Baseball Reference - Lakeland, Florida