By The Numbers: Nine Facts About Detroit Tigers Opening Day

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It’s another Detroit Tigers Opening Day in Pure Michigan, signaling the start of spring and the beginning of another season of Motor City Kitties baseball. For generations, Tigers fans would excitedly listen to the late Ernie Harwell recite “The Song of the Turtle” before each opening Day, and prepare for another season with the “boys of summer”.

To celebrate Opening Day in Detroit, considered by many as an unofficial holiday in Michigan, we rounded up nine Tigers opening day statistics. Make sure to check out our April Events Roundup for everything else happening in April in Pure Michigan.

.561 – The Tigers’ winning percentage for Opening Day games since 1901. The Tigers own a 64-50 record for opening day, including both home and away games. All time, the Tigers own a .507 winning percentage with a 9085-8806 record.

8– The number of new delectable food items available this season at Comerica Park. These include: deep fried Oreos, downtown dog, mac daddy dog, brat pop, smokehouse fries, pork rind nachos, chicken and waffles and a fried bologna sandwich.

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8 – Times the Tigers have opened the season at Comerica Park since its opening in 2000. Before Comerica Park, the Tigers played at Tiger Stadium (formerly Navin Field and Briggs Stadium) from 1912-1999.

11 – The number of opening day games pitcher Justin Verlander has spent with the Tigers. Verlander, who is currently the longest-tenured player with the team at eleven years, famously won the American League Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards in 2011.

12 – The numbers of new faces on the 2016 Opening Day roster compared to 2015. These include: Buck Farmer, Logan Kensing, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, Francisco Rodriguez, Kyle Ryan, Drew VerHagen, Justin Wilson, Jordan Zimmermann, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Mike Aviles and Justin Upton. (Whew!)

20 – The most runs scored by a Tigers team during an opening day game. This record was set on April 13, 1993 vs. the Oakland Athletics.

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

Photo courtesy of Michelle Forte

24 – The number of Opening Day games the Tigers have played under the ownership of Mike and Marian Ilitch. Along with the Tigers, the Ilitch family also owns the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesars Pizza.

30,000 – The average number of hot dogs sold at a Detroit Tigers home game. Pass the mustard!

45,068 – Fans that attended Opening Day in Detroit in 2014, setting a franchise record for attendance.

If you couldn’t make it downtown for the festivities, here’s a quick look at how Tigers fans spent the day.

What are your favorite Detroit Tigers opening day memories? Tell us below!

Four Types of Detroit Tours You’ll Want to Experience

Today, guest blogger Dan Fuoco of Visit Detroit gives us some tips for exploring the city with these four types of Detroit tours.

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834 | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of Instagram user @phillyd1834

Detroit tours are not cookie-cutter or identical – they are custom, one-of-a-kind, jam-packed journeys that will transform your notion of Detroit and leave your thirsting for more knowledge and curious enough to explore on your own.

The right tour can be found based on these four types of Detroit tour experiences:

Historical Tours

The American Revolution. The Underground Railroad. Birthplace of the automobile. The Civil Rights movement. If you didn’t already realize it, these Detroit tours are a goldmine for history geeks.

Historians adore The Henry Ford Museum mainly because of its popular artifacts which include Abraham Lincoln’s rocking chair (from the night of his assassination) and the bus where Detroiter Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, sparking the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society | Detroit Tours

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Historical Society

Also a must-stop location on your Detroit tour itinerary, the Detroit Historical Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history in the U.S., encompassing more than three centuries of metro Detroit history. A self-guided Detroit tour is the best way to soak up just the right amount of history without a factual overload.

Musical Tours

Every Detroit tour must include a visit to Motown Museum where you will literally walk the hallways once frequented by Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Temptations and The Supremes, to name a few. Enter Studio A and relive the humming, snapping, and foot-tapping that swept the nation.

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Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center | Detroit Tours

Detroit Riverfront and GM Renaissance Center

Did You Know? The “Mo” in Motown was derived from “Motor City” which pays homage to the ultra-obvious notion that Detroit is the car capital of the world! Detroit and its metro area are world headquarters to all three major US automakers: Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Every tour of Detroit should stop at the world headquarters and the iconic building in Detroit’s skyline, the General Motors Renaissance Center. Free tours of the GM Renaissance Center take visitors through the automaker’s showroom, highlighting vintage, new and concept vehicles. The grand finale is a glass elevator ride to the 72nd floor of the Detroit Marriott Hotel and tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

Keeping on the architecture trail, Detroit Experience Factory offers a free weekly Art & Architecture Walking Tour on Fridays from 12:00-1:00 P.M.. On the tour, you’ll discover the city’s rich history, grand buildings and vibrant art in public places. Stand on Detroit’s Point of Origin in Campus Martius, pose with the Spirit of Detroit and adore the art deco in the ceiling of the majestic Guardian Building, a National Historic Landmark.

Outdoor Tours

Detroit has been called the Paris of the Midwest because of its attention to fine architecture; it is one of the only cities in the country so faithfully emblematic of this architectural style. A Detroit tour focused on architecture should include visiting works from Albert Kahn, George D. Mason and Wirt C. Rowland. Minoru Yamasaki, who later designed the World Trade Center, also got his start in Detroit, where he designed buildings including One Woodward Avenue.

Must-sees should include the historic Westin Book Cadillac Detroit hotel, built in the 1900s; the Chicago style-influenced Penobscot Building, designed by Rowland and Detroit sculptor Corrado Parducci; the art deco Guardian Building; and the Fisher and General Motors Building (Cadillac Place), both designed by Kahn and located in Detroit’s New Center area.

Have you gotten the opportunity to tour Detroit? Let us know what you saw during your visit!

Dan Fuoco_2014_portraitDan Fuoco is the Interactive Marketing Manager for the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (VisitDetroit) and is responsible for building and engaging with VisitDetroit’s social media and blog communities.  You can find him geeking out over: social media infographics, muscle cars and Detroit. Follow him on TwitterInstagram and periodically on Pinterest.

Explore Iconic Detroit Locations with the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Tour App

Detroit has been home to the filming of many Hollywood movies, but maybe none as action-packed as recently-released Batman V. Superman. What’s more, smartphone users have the chance to download an app and go on a tour of the historic Motor City locations that were featured in the movie.

The app (downloadable here) features content, extras and cool freebies that become available as you check in at the 12 respective Detroit locations. Read below to learn more about five of the local destinations featured in the app and be sure to download to check out the rest!

1. Wayne Building in Gotham (Guardian Building)

Originally named the Union Guardian Building, it was created for the Union Trust Co. when it required more space after merging with the National Bank of Commerce. It was also known as the Cathedral of Finance because of the building’s architecture. Its taller north tower and smaller octagonal south tower are connected with a nave-like block similar to the plan of a cathedral. (From the app)

Guardian Building, Photo Courtesy of The Awesome Mitten

2. Museum Gala (Detroit Public Library)

Measured by volumes in the collection, the Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in Michigan and the 20th largest in the United States. Designed by Cass Gilbert, the library was constructed with Vermont marble and serpentine Italian marble trim in an Italian Renaissance style. Gilbert also designed the United States Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. (From the app)

3. Diana’s Hotel (Masonic Temple)

The largest Masonic Temple in the world has hosted many of the world’s greatest entertainers for four generations. The 4,400-seat theater exudes a charm – and acoustically perfect surroundings – that thrills spectators. This historically significant 1,037-room architectural gem, designed by George D. Mason, lends itself to numerous events, including prearranged tours.

4. Meeting in Washington, D.C. (Belle Isle – Detroit side of bridge)

Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and Michigan’s 102nd state park. The 987-acre island park features a nature zoo, conservatory, golf practice facility, maritime museum, an aquarium, picnic areas and more. The park includes three lakes, 150 acres of wooded area and spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline.

MacArthur Bridge on Belle Isle

5. Raffi’s Restaurant (Hygrade Deli)

Nate Stutz opened the Hygrade Deli about 65 years ago in what was then the Western Market. The deli got its name from the market’s largest vendor, Hygrade Food Product Corp. After the Western Market was leveled to make way for I-75, Stutz moved the restaurant to Michigan Avenue. It has been there ever since, in an unaltered state, serving some of Detroit’s best corned beef sandwiches.

How many of these Detroit destinations have you visited? Share with us by commenting below!