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The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time  

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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.
list ordered by
1
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder
2
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder
3
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman
4
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher
5
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Second baseman
6
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
First baseman, Third baseman
7
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
First baseman
8
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher
9
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
10
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Shortstop
11
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Second baseman
12
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher
13
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher
14
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher
15
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, First baseman
16
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Manager, Outfielder
17
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder
18
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder
19
George Kell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Third baseman
20
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher
21
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Tom Derr added Manager, Second baseman
22
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman
23
Mark Fidrych is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher
24
Hal Neuhouser is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
25
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher