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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.
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486 45
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

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2
377 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
319 50
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

4
436 84
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Miguel Cabrera Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

5
244 64
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Alan Trammell Shortstop

6
234 50
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Charlie Gehringer Second baseman

7
245 54
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Justin Verlander Starting pitcher, Pitcher

8
212 54
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

9
186 54
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jack Morris Pitcher

10
206 55
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Lolich Pitcher

11
173 38
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Cochrane Catcher

12
143 37
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hal Newhouser Pitcher

13
144 41
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
140 33
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Sam Crawford Right fielder, Outfielder

15
150 55
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

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140 45
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

17
127 34
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

18
112 36
George Kell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Kell Third baseman

19
137 48
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bill Freehan Catcher

20
124 42
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lance Parrish Catcher

21
100 22
Hal Neuhouser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

22
102 57
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

23
83 28
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jim Bunning Pitcher

24
112 60
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Denny McLain Pitcher

25
87 19
Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Rocky Colavito Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

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90 46
Mark Fidrych is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mark Fidrych Pitcher

27
69 21
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
kashclicks added Dick McAuliffe Second baseman, Shortstop

28
85 31
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

29
67 19
Dizzy Trout is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Dizzy Trout Pitcher

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105 28
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Iván Rodríguez Catcher

31
77 17
Schoolboy Rowe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Schoolboy Rowe Pitcher

32
78 35
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
TRENT13 added Victor Martinez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

33
95 45
Magglio Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Magglio Ordóñez Right fielder

34
77 24
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ian Kinsler Second baseman

35
68 34
Heinie Manush is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Heinie Manush Outfielder, Left fielder

36
73 27
Chet Lemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
jschro1861 added Chet Lemon Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

37
56 15
Jim Northrup is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Jim Northrup Outfielder, Center fielder

38
81 40
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Max Scherzer Starting pitcher, Pitcher

39
53 19
Bobby Veach is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bobby Veach Left fielder

40
47 17
Rudy York is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Rudy York First baseman

41
63 23
Harvey Kuenn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Harvey Kuenn Outfielder, Shortstop

42
61 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

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

45
52 25
Darrell Evans is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
jschro1861 added Darrell Evans First baseman, Third baseman

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48 29
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Curtis Granderson Center fielder

47
43 11
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Aidan7158 added Jim Leyland Manager

48
43 22
George Mullin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Mullin Pitcher

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50 20
Dan Petry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
jschro1861 added Dan Petry Pitcher

50
79 38
Denny McClain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time