Lakeland Flying Tigers
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Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Founded in 1960
Lakeland, Florida
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Team logo Cap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassLow-A (2021-present)
Previous classesClass A-Advanced (1990-2020)
Class A (1962-1989)
Class D (1960)
LeagueLow-A Southeast (2021-present)
DivisionWest Division
Previous leagues
Florida State League (1960-2020)
Major league affiliations
TeamDetroit Tigers (1963-present)
Previous teamsSan Francisco Giants (1962)
Cleveland Indians (1960)
Minor league titles
  • 1976
  • 1977
  • 1992
  • 2012
Team data
NameLakeland Flying Tigers (2007-present)
Previous names
Lakeland Tigers (1963-2006)

Lakeland Giants (1962)

Lakeland Indians (1960)
BallparkPublix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (1966-2001, 2003-2015, 2017-present)
Previous parks
Henley Field (1960, 1962-1965, 2002, 2016)
Detroit Tigers
General ManagerZach Burek
ManagerAndrew Graham

The Lakeland Flying Tigers are a Minor League Baseball team of the Low-A Southeast and the Low-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. They are located in Lakeland, Florida, and play their home games at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

The team was established in 1960 as the Lakeland Indians, an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. After a one-year hiatus, the team was restarted in 1962 as the Lakeland Giants, an affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. They joined the Detroit Tigers' farm system in 1963 and became known as the Lakeland Tigers before becoming the Flying Tigers in 2007. Their relationship with Detroit is one of the two longest unbroken affiliate relationships currently existing.[1]

In 1997, playing with the Flying Tigers, Gabe Kapler led the Florida State League in doubles and total bases, and tied for first in extra base hits.[2]

In 2012, the Flying Tigers won their first FSL title in 20 years by defeating the Jupiter Hammerheads, three games to two. It was the fourth league title in club history.[3]

Team name

In 2006, the team introduced a new name and colors to pay homage to the Lakeland School of Aeronautics, later the Lodwick School of Aeronautics. The school trained over 8,000 pilots between 1940 and 1945, some of whom later flew with the Flying Tigers in China during World War II,[4] and was actually located at the current site of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.[5]


Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable former ballplayers

  • Ron Leflore (1974) MLB All-Star; 2 x AL Stolen Base Leader
  • Jim Leyland (1964, 1969, 1976-1978-MGR) 3 x MLB Manager of the Year; Manager: 1997 World Series Champion - Florida Marlins
  • Ugueth Urbina (2004) 2 x MLB All-Star
  • Justin Verlander (2005) 6 x MLB All-Star; 2006 AL Rookie of the Year; 2011 AL Cy Young Award; 2011 AL Most Valuable Player; etc.
  • David Wells (1994) 3 x MLB All-Star; 1998-Pitched Perfect Game
  • Lou Whitaker (1976) 5 x MLB All-Star; 1978 AL Rookie of the Year



  1. ^ Hill, Benjamin. "PDC's make everything old new again,". Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "1997 Florida State League - Season Review". Retrieved 2017.
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  4. ^ Benjamin Hill (November 13, 2006). "Article | Lakeland Flying Tigers News". Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ [1] Archived February 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

External links

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