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Detroit Tigers Caps History


The Tigers have made few changes to their jersey look over the years - BUT the jersey D logo has been changed 25 times before settling on the current logo in 1961, the cap logo has been changed 29 times. If anyone can help pinpoint the years, let me know! And still the cap and jersey logos don't match.

1931-33

Caps are navy with a block D (anyone one have those?).

1934-1938

New home jerseys have the Olde English D logo, road jerseys have Detroit in script. The colorway is navy and white. On caps, after alternating between a block D and an Olde English D, the Olde English is here to stay. It has a double serif on the left side - anyone have one?

Spalding

1939-1941

The D logo changes to a single serif on the left side.

Spalding

1942-1950

The logo gets thinner in the middle in the early 1940's.

Wilson

Spalding

1947. The Tigers reintroduce orange to the colorway, but only for stirrups. The HOF database shows an orange logo on home caps beginning in 1947, but the Tigers themselves indicate a white logo was used until 1951.

1951-57

The line on the left of the D is now separate. In 1951 an orange logo is used on home caps. In 1952 the white D logo on caps is retired, and the orange D logo is used on home and road caps.

Tim McAuliffe by Leslie

Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro

Wilson

Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro

1958-59

In 1958, the Tigers drop orange. Cap logos return to white.

Wilson

1960-1962

The logo is thicker and a second serif is added.

New Era

1963-1965

From pictures, it looks like players are using two different caps - the New Era logo introduced in 1960, and a McAuliffe logo with only one serif.

New Era

Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro

1966-1967

The New Era style with the double serif is dropped, and the top and bottom curls on the "D" are exaggerated.

Tim McAuliffe/KM Pro

1968-71

With Tim McAuliffe closing, the Tigers use both KM Pro and New Era. The second serif returns to the logo, two horizontal bars to the right of the serif are added, and the shape of the D changes. The logo is now substantially different from the home jersey logo which remains unchanged.

New Era

1972-82

New road cap with an orange D and white trim debuts.

KM Pro

New Era

1983-93

In 1983 the white trim is removed from the road cap logo.

New Era

Sports Specialties

The Tigers use these caps in the mid 1980's. Anyone have a home cap?

New Era

In 1992 caps get the MLB logo glued on the back. From 1993 it gets embroidered on.

1994

Two new caps debut, a road cap with orange visor and orange button, and a batting practice cap with a tiger walking through the D, worn with a navy BP jersey with racing stripes. The team starts wearing the tiger-through-the-D cap for road games. Grey undervisors debut.

New Era

1995-97

The tiger-through-the-D BP cap becomes the official road cap, the other is retired.

New Era

Raised embroidery appears in 1996.

1998-2006

The Tiger is gone from the road cap. Top button is now orange, whereas pre-1994 it was navy.

New Era

2007-present

Caps change to polyester with black undervisors.

New Era

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