15 nostalgic photos of Detroit Tigers baseball

Let's take a look back at the long and glorious history of America’s favorite pastime in Detroit. All photos courtesy of Detroit News Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University, the Virtual Motor City project.

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15 nostalgic photos of Detroit Tigers baseball
Aerial view of Briggs Stadium and the Detroit skyline, 1950s.
Aerial view of Briggs Stadium and the Detroit skyline, 1950s.
Detroit Tigers manager and coaching staff, sporting Detroit 250th patches on their uniforms in 1951.
Detroit Tigers manager and coaching staff, sporting Detroit 250th patches on their uniforms in 1951.
Pitcher Elden Auker, who struck out Babe Ruth in his first appearance on the mound for the Tigers, in the Navin Field dugout.
Pitcher Elden Auker, who struck out Babe Ruth in his first appearance on the mound for the Tigers, in the Navin Field dugout.
Mayor Albert Cobo throws out the first pitch at a Tigers game, 1950s.
Mayor Albert Cobo throws out the first pitch at a Tigers game, 1950s.
The lights of Tiger Stadium dominate the view down Michigan Ave.
The lights of Tiger Stadium dominate the view down Michigan Ave.
Catcher Oscar Stanage flips off his mask to chase a ball at Navin Field in the 1920s.
Catcher Oscar Stanage flips off his mask to chase a ball at Navin Field in the 1920s.
A conference on the mound with legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, 1970s.
A conference on the mound with legendary Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, 1970s.
Sparky Anderson and Lance Parrish in the Tigers locker room.
Sparky Anderson and Lance Parrish in the Tigers locker room.
Sparky Anderson watching the action from the dugout.
Sparky Anderson watching the action from the dugout.