August 25, 1992 |
The sale of the Detroit Tigers from Thomas Monaghan to Mike Ilitch was unanimously approved, and the formal transfer of control will take place today. Baseball owners from the American and National leagues approved the sale in a few minutes by telephone conference call. Ilitch also owns the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and Little Caesar's Enterprises Inc., a pizza rival of Monaghan's company, Domino's Pizza Inc. The sale price was about $85 million.
October 30, 2012 |
Jim Leyland has decided to manage the Detroit Tigers for at least one more season. He has signed a one-year contract for 2013, the organization announced Tuesday morning. That's great news for the team he led to the World Series this year and two American League pennants in his seven seasons with the club. “Jim is as fine a manager as there is in baseball, he has done a fantastic job for the organization, and we are thrilled to have him back managing the Tigers in 2013,” Tigers president and General Manager Dave Dombrowski said in a statement.
November 4, 2003 |
In today's NHL, a 3.38 goals-against average would keep a goalie on the bench. For Grant Fuhr, it meant induction into the Hall of Fame on Monday. Joining him were Pat LaFontaine, Detroit Red Wing owner Mike Ilitch and longtime junior coach Brian Kilrea. Of course, Fuhr's goals-against average doesn't reflect his full worth. He won 403 games -- seventh all-time -- won the Vezina Trophy once and the Jennings Trophy once and played on five Stanley Cup winners in Edmonton.
October 28, 1995 |
Seeking an economic "grand slam" to spur downtown development, this struggling industrial city announced Friday a plan to build a new $235-million baseball stadium largely financed by private interests. Mayor Dennis Archer said the ballpark--to be located next to the downtown theater district--would replace Tiger Stadium, built in 1913 and the oldest stadium now in use in major league baseball.
September 3, 1995 |
If there is one lesson that pizza man Michael Ilitch drummed into his children, it was to always "be humble." So Ilitch was in character when he downplayed his $85-million purchase of the Detroit Tigers in 1992, an event the local media trumpeted as foreshadowing the rebound of the baseball franchise and perhaps even the city. "I'm no savior of the ball club or this city," he said at a news conference held on the pitcher's mound at Tiger Stadium.
June 12, 1992 |
John Ziegler's tenure as NHL president began in 1977 with cantankerous Harold Ballard mocking him, in public, as an "office clerk" and a "know-nothing shrimp." Such comments by the late owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs became much of the soundtrack for Ziegler's tumultuous 15-year reign as the league's president. Ziegler, 58, is expected to announce today that he will resign on Sept. 30.