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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
813 104
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

2
653 109
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, Right fielder, Outfielder

3
542 92
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman

4
706 203
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

5
416 79
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Second baseman

6
405 122
Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Shortstop

7
357 78
Mickey Lolich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

8
324 91
Jack Morris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

9
442 130
Justin Verlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

10
353 113
Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Second baseman

11
239 56
Hal Newhouser is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

12
279 65
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher

13
230 67
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
First baseman

14
220 64
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, First baseman

15
231 60
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

16
223 68
Bill Freehan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher

17
184 53
George Kell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Third baseman

18
208 56
Willie Horton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder

19
245 99
Kirk Gibson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Manager, Outfielder

20
193 64
Lance Parrish is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Catcher

21
148 35
Hal Neuhouser is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

22
168 101
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

23
186 80
Denny McLain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

24
137 41
Jim Bunning is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

25
135 33
Rocky Colavito is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

26
134 68
Mark Fidrych is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

27
109 35
Dick McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
kashclicks added Second baseman, Shortstop

28
150 71
Magglio Ordóñez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Right fielder

29
134 54
Willie Hernández is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

30
155 58
Max Scherzer is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Starting pitcher, Pitcher

31
104 35
Dizzy Trout is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

32
175 55
Iván Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
mkeith.peel added Catcher

33
99 47
Heinie Manush is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

34
112 30
Schoolboy Rowe is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

35
94 26
Jim Northrup is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Outfielder, Center fielder

36
115 44
Chet Lemon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
jschro1861 added Right fielder, Outfielder, Center fielder

37
117 57
Ian Kinsler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
CMCSS03 added Second baseman

38
95 28
John Hiller is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

39
93 10
Sparky Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Tom Derr added Manager, Second baseman

40
97 25
Jim Leyland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Aidan7158 added Manager

41
71 10
Mickey Stanley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Chris Robbins added Outfielder, Center fielder

42
90 33
Harvey Kuenn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Outfielder, Shortstop

43
71 28
Rudy York is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
First baseman

44
121 70
Víctor Martínez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Designated hitter, Catcher, First baseman

45
123 51
Denny McClain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time

46
69 30
Bobby Veach is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Left fielder

47
67 24
Virgil Trucks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher

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

49
80 50
Curtis Granderson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
slaft added Center fielder

50
65 29
Tommy Bridges is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time
Pitcher