sports The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time  

Originally by
9.8k votes 921 voters 22k views 139 items Follow Embed

List Rules Please only rank the players based on their time with the Tigers

This is a list of the greatest Detroit Tigers players in team history.The Detroit Tigers are a baseball institution. Formed in 1894, are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the American League. The Tigers have won four World Series championships (1935, 1945, 1968, and 1984) and have won the American League pennant 11 times (1907, 1908, 1909, 1934, 1935, 1940, 1945, 1968, 1984, 2006, and 2012). Like other American League teams, the best players to play for the Tigers are generally position players. Some of the greatest players in baseball history have played for Detroit. 

One of the best Tigers ever is Ty Cobb. Say what you want about the guy's demeanor and aggressive mean streak (he is known to have spiked his opponents sliding into bases), but what's indisputable is his stat line. Cobb won 12 batting titles, including nine in a row from 1907 to 1915. He won the 1911 AL MVP award, hit over .400 three times and has a career batting average of .366, a Major League Record.

Another big slugger to sport the old English D is Hammerin' Hank Greenberg. The first Jewish superstar in professional sports, Greenberg bashed over 50 home runs in 1938 and won the MVP award in 1935 and 1940. Add five All Star appearances and two World Series championships, it's easy to see why Greenberg is one of the most beloved sluggers in Tigers history.

This list of the Greatest Detroit Tigers of All Time also includes stars of today, including Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander. These two players in their prime are the most dominant position player and pitcher in the game. If you see a Tigers player who deserves to be mentioned as the greatest Tigers of all time, feel free to add him to this list.
list ordered by

1
+ - 465 43
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

Celebrity Tigers Fans The Best Blues Artists of All Time

2
+ - 362 59
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Al Kaline Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

3
+ - 418 80
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Miguel Cabrera Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

4
+ - 306 48
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

5
+ - 234 61
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Alan Trammell Shortstop

6
+ - 223 46
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Charlie Gehringer Second baseman

7
+ - 231 48
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Justin Verlander Starting pitcher, Pitcher

8
+ - 204 52
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

9
+ - 178 51
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jack Morris Pitcher

10
+ - 198 54
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Lolich Pitcher

11
+ - 165 37
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Cochrane Catcher

12
+ - 137 34
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hal Newhouser Pitcher

13
+ - 138 38
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Harry Heilmann Right fielder, Outfielder, First baseman

14
+ - 135 31
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Sam Crawford Right fielder, Outfielder

15
+ - 134 44
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

The Greatest Catchers of All Time The Weirdest Sports from Around the World

16
+ - 140 53
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

17
+ - 108 34
George Kell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Kell Third baseman

18
+ - 119 33
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

19
+ - 133 47
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bill Freehan Catcher

20
+ - 119 40
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lance Parrish Catcher

21
+ - 96 20
Hal Neuhouser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

22
+ - 96 56
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

23
+ - 79 28
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jim Bunning Pitcher

24
+ - 107 60
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Denny McLain Pitcher

25
+ - 85 19
Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Rocky Colavito Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

26
+ - 87 44
Mark Fidrych is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mark Fidrych Pitcher

27
+ - 102 26
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

28
+ - 64 18
Dizzy Trout is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Dizzy Trout Pitcher

29
+ - 75 21
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Ian Kinsler Second baseman

Celebrities Who Got Off Easy for Crimes They Committed The Worst Qualities in a Woman

30
+ - 66 21
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Dick McAuliffe Second baseman, Shortstop

31
+ - 91 42
Magglio Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Magglio Ordóñez Right fielder

32
+ - 75 33
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Victor Martinez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

33
+ - 75 17
Schoolboy Rowe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Schoolboy Rowe Pitcher

34
+ - 80 31
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

35
+ - 68 33
Heinie Manush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Heinie Manush Outfielder, Left fielder

36
+ - 78 35
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Max Scherzer Starting pitcher, Pitcher

37
+ - 70 27
Chet Lemon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Chet Lemon Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

38
+ - 55 15
Jim Northrup is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jim Northrup Outfielder, Center fielder

39
+ - 52 19
Bobby Veach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bobby Veach Left fielder

40
+ - 46 17
Rudy York is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Rudy York First baseman

41
+ - 62 23
Harvey Kuenn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Harvey Kuenn Outfielder, Shortstop

42
+ - 60 19
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
John Hiller Pitcher

43
+ - 49 16
Virgil Trucks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Virgil Trucks Pitcher

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time The Most Watchable Cooking Competition Shows

44
+ - 50 20
Tommy Bridges is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Tommy Bridges Pitcher

45
+ - 50 25
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

46
+ - 42 10
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jim Leyland Manager

47
+ - 43 22
George Mullin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Mullin Pitcher

48
+ - 50 20
Dan Petry is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Dan Petry Pitcher

49
+ - 45 23
Hooks Dauss is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hooks Dauss Pitcher

50
+ - 44 28
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Curtis Granderson Center fielder