Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has died at the age of 87, the team confirmed late Friday.
Ilitch, the owner of Little Ceasars Pizza owned the Detroit Red Wings since 1982 and the Tigers since 1992, won three Stanley Cups with the Wings but never won a World Series title with the Tigers. The team reached the World Series on two occasions during his ownership (2006, 2012), but have been unable to win it all since 1984.
Ilitch’s determination to bring the World Series title back to Detroit increased dramatically in recent years, as the team made aggressive moves to bring in stars like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. While the ultimate goal was never accomplished, the Tigers have been a contender for much of the decade and have reinvigorated baseball in the city of Detroit since Comerica Park opened in 2000.
Ilitch is survived by his wife, Marian, and seven children. His son Christopher has been the president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. since 2000 and will retain control over the Tigers organization.
We at MLBDD extend our sincere condolences to the Ilitch family, Tigers organization and city of Detroit.