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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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698 93
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Ty Cobb Outfielder, Center fielder

2
555 92
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
635 139
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
455 77
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

5
354 89
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Alan Trammell Shortstop

6
389 93
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Justin Verlander Starting pitcher, Pitcher

7
338 71
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Charlie Gehringer Second baseman

8
310 83
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lou Whitaker Second baseman

9
265 74
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jack Morris Pitcher

10
288 68
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Lolich Pitcher

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193 50
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Hal Newhouser Pitcher

12
228 58
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mickey Cochrane Catcher

13
196 64
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

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195 52
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Sam Crawford Right fielder, Outfielder

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190 60
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Harry Heilmann Right fielder, Outfielder, First baseman

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193 62
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bill Freehan Catcher

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184 50
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Willie Horton Designated hitter, Left fielder

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216 88
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Kirk Gibson Manager, Outfielder

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157 49
George Kell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Kell Third baseman

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173 58
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Lance Parrish Catcher

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148 86
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

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130 32
Hal Neuhouser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

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159 72
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Denny McLain Pitcher

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118 39
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Jim Bunning Pitcher

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119 29
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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118 64
Mark Fidrych is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Mark Fidrych Pitcher

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155 46
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Iván Rodríguez Catcher

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90 42
Heinie Manush is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Heinie Manush Outfielder, Left fielder

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Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
kashclicks added Dick McAuliffe Second baseman, Shortstop

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134 51
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Max Scherzer Starting pitcher, Pitcher

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128 63
Magglio Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Magglio Ordóñez Right fielder

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117 49
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

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101 28
Schoolboy Rowe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Schoolboy Rowe Pitcher

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88 33
Dizzy Trout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Dizzy Trout Pitcher

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107 48
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
CMCSS03 added Ian Kinsler Second baseman

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97 38
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

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84 18
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Aidan7158 added Jim Leyland Manager

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77 23
Jim Northrup is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Jim Northrup Outfielder, Center fielder

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68 6
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Tom Derr added Sparky Anderson Manager, Second baseman

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113 44
Denny McClain is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

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82 31
Harvey Kuenn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Harvey Kuenn Outfielder, Shortstop

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81 27
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
John Hiller Pitcher

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106 61
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Victor Martinez Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

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66 28
Bobby Veach is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Bobby Veach Left fielder

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63 27
Rudy York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Rudy York First baseman

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54 8
Mickey Stanley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Chris Robbins added Mickey Stanley Outfielder, Center fielder

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57 26
George Mullin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
George Mullin Pitcher

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62 27
Tommy Bridges is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Tommy Bridges Pitcher

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60 24
Virgil Trucks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Virgil Trucks Pitcher

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72 47
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Curtis Granderson Center fielder