From SABR member Todd Radom at The Sporting News on June 18, 2015:
If any professional sports logo can truly stake a claim to being the unofficial symbol of a city, it’s the Detroit Tigers’ iconic Old English “D.”
Over the years, the Tigers’ “D” has come to represent Motown civic pride, a perpetual emblem for a resilient city and its people.
The Old English “D” is MLB’s oldest visual icon, connecting Tigers legends from Cobb to Greenberg to Kaline to Cabrera. In fact, it even predates the Tigers’ status as a major league franchise.
Today’s Tigers started out as a minor league team, playing in the Western League in 1894. Led by Ban Johnson, the Western League changed its name to “American League” in 1900 and declared itself a major league one year later.
Originally published: June 18, 2015. Last Updated: June 18, 2015.