The Detroit Tigers were one of the original American League teams and began play in 1901. They've faced the Cubs four times in the World Series, losing twice in 1907 and 1908 and defeating the Cubs in 1935 and the Cubs last appearance in 1945. The two franchises seemed destined to meet again in 1984 as the best teams in their respective leagues, but the Cubs dropped three in a row to the San Diego Padres after going up 2-0 in the 1984 National League Championship Series. They've met five times since interleague play was put in place in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2009.
 The Cubs' Record versus Franchise
Regular Season: 3-11 (.214)
2000's: 3-9 (.250)
1990's: 0-2 (.000)
Playoffs: 13-9-1 (Beat Tigers 4-0-1 in 1907 and 4-0 in 1908; Lost 4-2 in 1935 and 4-3 in 1945)
At Wrigley Field: 3-10 (.231)
At West Side Grounds: 3-1-1 (.600)
At Comerica Park: 2-2 (.500)
At Tiger Stadium: 3-5 (.375)
At Bennett Park: 5-0 (1.000)
 Transactions Involving the Chicago Cubs
(Format is players sent to Cubs followed by players received by this franchise in reverse chronological order)
November 12: Traded INF Omar Infante for OF Jacque Jones.
August 23: Traded OF Craig Monroe and cash for a player to be named later. On August 30th, 2007 the Cubs sent LHP Clay Rapada to the Tigers to complete the deal.
August 20: Traded C Chris Robinson(minors) for INF Neifi Perez.
February 9: Traded OF Bo Flowers(minors), INF Scott Moore and RHP Roberto Novoa for RHP Kyle Farnsworth.
April 29: Traded LHP Jon Connolly(minors) and a player to be named later for LHP Felix Sanchez. On August 13th, 2004 the Tigers sent LHP Eric Eckenstahler to the Cubs to complete the deal.
September 1: Sent C Mike Difelice as part of a conditional deal.
March 24: Selected INF Jason Maxwell off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
March 13: Returned RHP Jon Ratliff to Chicago Cubs per rules of the Rule 5 draft.
December 4: Drafted RHP Jon Ratliff from Chicago Cubs in Rule 5 draft.
October 23: RHP Dickie Noles returned to the Chicago Cubs.
September 22: RHP Dickie Noles loaned to the Detroit Tigers.
April 1: Purchased INF Mick Kelleher from the Cubs
August 30: Sold C Bruce Kimm to the Cubs.
March 20: Traded INF Steve Dillard for a player to be named later. The Cubs sent C/INF Ed Putman on March 24, 1979 to complete the deal.
July 30: Sold LHP Dave Roberts to the Cubs.
June 8: Sold RHP Joe Coleman to the Cubs.
June 10: Purchased RHP Milt Wilcox from the Cubs.
March 27: Sold RHP Bill Faul to the Cubs.
December 6: Sold C Don Bryant to the Cubs.
November 30: Lost LHP Ray Newman to Chicago Cubs in first year draft.
November 28: Traded 3B Steve Boros for RHP Bob Anderson.
Received RHP Pat Jarvis from Cubs in unknown transaction.
Received RHP Manny Montejo in unknown transaction.
Received LHP Johnnie Seale in unknown transaction.
September: Purchased 1B Dick Gernert from the Cubs
March: Sold RHP Barney Schultz to the Cubs.
December 2: Drafted RHP Hy Cohen from Chicago Cubs in minor league portion of Rule 5 draft.
Received OF Ron Northey in unknown transaction.
May 13: Sold 3B George Freese to the Cubs.
July 16: Sold OF Frank Jelincich to the Cubs.
December 6: Traded SS Billy Rogell for SS Dick Bartell.
June 7: Selected LHP Wilbur Cooper off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.
3B Doc Casey jumped teams from Tigers to Cubs before 1903 season.
OF Dick Harley jumped teams from Tigers to Cubs before 1903 season.
 Rumored Deals Involving Chicago Cubs
After the 2009 season, Tigers were considering cutting some payroll and the Cubs had heavy interest in Curtis Granderson. The Tigers were reportedly seeking either top prospect Starlin Castro or relief pitcher Carlos Marmol, which were deemed untouchable by Cubs management
 Players that Played for Both Major League Franchises
126 players including 58 pitchers have played for both the Cubs and Tigers major league franchises through the 2009 season.
 External Links
Baseball Reference Team History 
- ↑ "Tigers appear unlikely to deal Curtis Granderson to Chicago Cubs" by James Schmehl, http://blog.mlive.com/cutoffman/2009/12/tigers_appear_unlikely_to_deal.html
- ↑ "Players who played for Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers" Baseball-Reference.com http://www.baseball-reference.com/friv/multifranchise.cgi?level=franch&t1=CHC&t2=DET&t3=&t4=&submit=Find+Players
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