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The Detroit Tigers’ Old English D

If you’re like me, the Old English D represents many things; toughness, the Detroit Tigers, and it represents the motor city as a whole. In a recent episode of Detroit Tigers weekly, Justin White and Ryan Field explained the history of the Detroit Tigers organization’s link with the Old English D.

The Old English D was first spotted on the 1904 Tigers’ road uniforms. One year later, it was adopted on the home uniforms as well. Since 1904, 25 different “Ds” were used on the home and away uniforms before finally settling on the current home “D” during the 1961 season. Even the baseball caps underwent many changes with the “D.” 29 to be exact. The Tigers’ hats finally settled on the “D” that it currently uses in the season of 1968 when the Tigers won the World Series. But check this out…

photo courtesy of Fox Sports Detroit

THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT “Ds” BEING USED? As a Detroit Tigers fan, AND a graphic designer, I was ashamed at myself for never noticing it. But Now every time I go into a sports store, or am watching the Tigers on TV, all I see is the subtle difference in the hats and jerseys. It is kind of a cool out of left field (pun intended) fact to know and spread around to your friends. How many people knew that the Tigers used two different “Ds?”

Although the Tigers use two different ones, the Old English D is still easily recognized around the world, and is is a symbol that Detroit fans from all over rally around. I have worn the famous “D” in numerous states across America, and in several countries outside the U.S., and everywhere I go, people know where I am from and they respect it. For that I am proud to be a Detroiter, and I will always hold a special place in my heart for the city that I was raised to love.

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Comments

  1. Paula

    Great story, Nicholas ! Never knew it either….thanks for the info ! Good job.

  2. Anonymous

    interesting story for a few reasons. i googled the old engish “d” for a friend out of pa making shirts for me and ur blog came up. i asked for the “D” on the front and “conflitti” on the back for a fight i have coming up!!! – michael conflitti

    • Good to hear from another Conflitti Michael. Out of curiosity, are you from the D? Hence the search for the old English D?

  3. I have always noticed the two different ones since they started using it. I prefer the older one on the hat myself.
    Do you know what specific font the D on the hat is from, if it exists? thanks.

    • conflitti25

      Hey Jay. Thanks for the comment. I also prefer the D they use on the hats. Much cooler looking. Its weird even playing baseball video games (MLB 2k11) because the video game even uses the two Ds interchangeably throughout the different user screens.

      As far as the typeface name for either of the Ds, I have not found an exact typeface that matches either. I am sure both have been altered over time to look best for the application they are being used for.

  4. Do you think you would be able to make an “O” and a “P” that would match the old english D on the hat?

  5. Stacey

    Funny thing, I’m a graphic designer to, and just wrote a brief post about the exact same thing, I noticed it when I was a game this past week, and now every time I watch its detracting.

  6. Tom

    Thanks to you, every time I go to a Tigers’ game, I can’t stop looking at the Ds

  7. chris

    I recently noticed that there are two different forms of the Olde English D being used also. I went with the one they use on the hat, because it’s also the one they paint behind the plate during Tiger Games. I got it tattooed on my right calf.

  8. The Tigers home uni’s are sharp.

    The Yankees’ NY logo is also different on the jersey and cap.

  9. I don’t like the D” on the uniforms at all, it needs to go!

  10. Eric Allen

    Is this infringing on any copyrights? I’m working on a friends non profit logo. I was told I couldn’t use any old english “D” anywhere…. Is this true?

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