The Yankees were originally the NY Highlanders. They played in uptown Manhattan - what would now be called Heights Inwood. They were part of the 'new' American League - a challenge to the original and monopolistic National League by one of the most interesting men in MLB history, Ban Johnson. The NY Franchise changed its history and the history of baseball by buying a young left handed pitcher from the Red Sox named Babe Ruth. This move vaulted the newly named Yankees from tepid, also ran status to the top of the American League. They shared the Polo Grounds with the NY Giants baseball team (now in San Francisco) until the original Yankee Stadium was built in the early 1920's. The Yankees are arguably the most successful sports franchise in history - only the Canadiens, Packers, Celtics and possibly the Lakers are allowed into the discussion. (For the global readers, Manchester United, the Yomiuri Giants and the Taiwanese Little League franchises should merit consideration...).
The Detroit Tigers are an old franchise. For many years they played at one of the most beloved stadiums in the AL - Tiger Stadium. They had a great announcer in Ernie Harwell and were able to compete most years. I grew up with the Jack Morris, Darrell Evans, Allan Trammel and Lou Whitaker Tigers. The 1984 team was completely dominant. I remember them as always having a veteran team and not being cowed by anyone. One of the surprises of the 1980's was when the 1987 Twins caught a capable Tiger team looking the other way and eliminated them in the ALCS. The Tiger uniform is a tasteful classic, and the orange, gothic "D" on the away uniform hats has always been my favorite uniform idiosyncrasy, along with the red #'s on the Dodger uniforms.