Although the old english ‘D’ of the Detroit Tigers is considered iconic, in fact, the uniforms have changed more than 50 times since 1901.
Today brings another change. The pointier ‘D’ on the baseball cap is going to be replicated on the home jersey. For awhile, the home jersey has been adorned with the stylized “D” – but one that has a rounded right top.
“I love the history of our great game and its traditions, and I’m thrilled that we are embracing a singular Olde English ‘D’, as the team did almost a century ago,” said Tigers legend Al Kaline in a statement. “It was a really sharp looking logo when we started wearing it on our ballcaps in 1968, and that certainly rings true today. I am looking forward to seeing our players wear the unified Olde English ‘D’ this season.”
The Tigers organization says that the ‘D’ had been used on the jerseys of the Detroit Tigers of the Western League since the late 19th century, and it was first used by the Tigers in the Major Leagues in 1904. It is identified by the noticeably curly returns at both top and bottom of the ‘D’ with the bars in the center of the logo turning inward. Additionally, research conducted by both Major League Baseball and the Detroit Tigers revealed that the cap ‘D’ is the preferred mark of Tigers fans.
Tigers fans, according to survey data, are 3x more likely to say the cap ‘D’ best represents the Tigers, and 3.5x more likely to say it best represents the city of Detroit.
Do you like the change?