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How the Tigers Became the Tigers

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The team was known as the Wolverines when it was in the National League--and in the International, too. Philip J. Reid, a Detroit city editor, tagged the players as Tigers before the turn of the century. The late George T. Stallings, manager at Detroit in 1899, 1900 and 1901, always claimed the nickname came after he put striped stockings on his players, but they have always been Tigers in the American League.