The Lakeland Flying Tigers are an Advanced Single A team playing in the Florida State League. Originally affiliated with the Detroit Tigers in 1967, The Flying Tigers were known as the Lakeland Tigers prior to 2007.
The Lakeland Flying Tigers are named in honor of the Flying Tigers fighter squadron who trained in Lakeland, FL before defending China from the Japanese prior to the US entry into World War II. The team extends the military theme to both the fans and the field. Joker Marchant Stadium, Spring Training home of the Detroit Tigers, received some cosmetic remodeling prior to the 2007 season to include a series of images of P-40 Flying Tiger planes and 1940s era big band music to greet fans. On the field, one of the major changes is to the team uniforms which have departed from the styling of their parent club to use period-appropriate military fonts, and military khaki away uniforms. Pitchers also receive stars added to their hats for each win.
The team's new identity was officially unveiled to fans on Veterans Day 2007.
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