|Lakeland Flying Tigers|
Founded in 1960
|Minor league affiliations|
|Previous classes||Class A-Advanced (1990-2020)|
Class A (1962-1989)
Class D (1960)
|League||Low-A Southeast (2021-present)|
|Florida State League (1960-2020)|
|Major league affiliations|
|Team||Detroit Tigers (1963-present)|
|Previous teams||San Francisco Giants (1962)|
Cleveland Indians (1960)
|Minor league titles|
|Name||Lakeland Flying Tigers (2007-present)|
|Lakeland Tigers (1963-2006)|
Lakeland Giants (1962)
|Ballpark||Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium (1966-2001, 2003-2015, 2017-present)|
|Henley Field (1960, 1962-1965, 2002, 2016)|
|General Manager||Zach Burek|
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.
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, and was actually located at the current site of Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.
Baseball Hall of Fame alumni
Notable former ballplayers