The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division.
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The Ilitch Family
The Ilitch family owns the Detroit Tigers. Mike Ilitch and his wife Marian own the team. Mike Ilitch is the founder of Little Caesars Pizza. The family also owns the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, and several other businesses in the Detroit area.
Mike Ilitch (born July 20, 1929) is an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza, as well as the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He also owned the former Detroit Drive of the Arena Football League, and was a founding investor in313 Presents.
Marian Ilitch (née Marian Spyropoulos; born July 20, 1933) is an American billionaire businesswoman. She is the co-founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza with her late husband Michael. As of March 2019, she has a net worth of $6.1 billion.
Chris Ilitch is the current owner of the Detroit Tigers. He is the son of late Little Caesars Pizza founder and owner Mike Ilitch. Chris Ilitch has been the owner of the team since August 5, 2017, when his father died.
The Ilitch Companies
The Ilitch companies own several companies in the metropolitan Detroit area. Mike and Marian Ilitch founded Little Caesars Pizza in 1959. In 1968, the Ilitches opened their first Blue Line distribution center to make and distribute Little Caesars pizzas to franchisees. The Blue Line grew rapidly and by 1977 operated nine warehouses across the United States.
In 1984, Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the Detroit Red Wings, a National Hockey League team. In 1986, they added Olympia Entertainment, a sports and entertainment company that manages several facilities in Detroit including Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings. In 2000, Mike and Marian Ilitch purchased the Detroit Tigers, a Major League Baseball team.
Olympia Entertainment also manages The Fox Theatre, one of the premier live entertainment venues in Detroit; Cobo Center on behalf of the Michigan Regional Convention Facility Authority; City Theatre; and bookings for Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on behalf of Oakland University.
In addition to the Detroit Tigers, Chris Ilitch also owns the Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars Pizza, and the entertainment district around Comerica Park and Ford Field.
The Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. They are one of four major league teams located in Michigan.
The Team’s History
The Detroit Tigers are an American professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. One of the AL’s eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Detroit as a member of the minor league Western League in 1894 and is the only Western League team still in its original city. They are also the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the majors. The Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984), 11 AL pennants (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984 2006), and four AL Central division championships (2011–2013). The Tigers also won division titles in 1972 , 1987 and 1993 while members of the AL East . The team currently plays their home games at Comerica Park in Downtown Detroit.
The Team’s Future
The Detroit Tigers are a professional baseball team based in Detroit, Michigan. The Tigers compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) Central division. Since 1912, the team has played its home games at Comerica Park. The stadium was originally built as a replacement for Tiger Stadium, which opened in 1912 and closed in 1999.
The team’s ownership is currently under debate, as owner Mike Ilitch has passed away and his family is considering selling the team. If the team is sold, it is unclear what the future will hold for the Detroit Tigers.