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The Detroit Tiger's Greatest Hitters

Updated on April 6, 2015

Detroit Tiger's Greatest Hitters

Tiger's Greatest All Time Hitters

I was first introduced to the Tigers as a child by my grandfather and ever since then I have been an avid Tiger fan. Here is a list of the players that I think are some of the greatest Tiger hitters ever.

Ty Cobb

The “Georgia Peach” had an all time batting average of .366 and hit above .300 in 23 consecutive seasons. He led the Tigers to 3 consecutive pennants from 1907-1909 but unfortunately never won a World Series with the Tigers in his career. Among other achievements he won 12 batting titles with 9 coming consecutively and also won the Triple Crown in 1909 with a .377 batting average, 9 home runs and 107 RBI. He was known infamously for sliding into bases with his spikes up and playing hard. One of his crowning achievements was when he was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ever ballot along with Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson.

Al Kaline

The man known as “Mr. Tiger” was the youngest person ever to win a batting title when he won it in 1955 with an average of .340 at the age of 20 and finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting. He would go on to 8 top 10 Most Valuable Player finishes and 18 All Star selections in his career in which he logged 2,834 games as #6. He also won 10 Gold Gloves in Right field, hit more home runs than any other Tiger, and was the first Tiger to get his number retired. His greatest achievement was when he was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Hank Greenberg

Arguably the best hitter in Tiger history “Hammerin’ Hank” won the Most Valuable Player award in 1935 and 1940, had a career batting average of .311, and hit 399 home runs tops of any Tiger. He would have certainly produced better numbers for the Tigers but served in World War II during what are considered to be a player’s prime years from ages 30-34. Despite this he was still voted into the Hall of Fame in 1956.

Charlie Gehringer

The best second baseman in Tiger history the “Mechanical Man” is truly something special. Playing in at least 100 games consecutively each year from 1925-1941 and at least 150 games in 9 separate seasons he recorded a .320 batting average all time and had an all time on base percentage of .404. He earned the Most Valuable Player award in 1937 and played in six consecutive All Star games.

Miguel Cabrera

The best pure hitter in Tiger history “Miggy” has a career batting average of .320, 390 home runs to his credit, and has won the Most Valuable Player award 2 times at two different positions. He has also won what some would say the greatest achievement a hitter can win the Triple Crown. However he is only 31 and still in his prime years.

Alan Trammell

One of the Tigers greatest “Tram” had a career .285 batting average and 1003 career Runs Batted In. He played 20 seasons for the Tigers and played in 2,293 games as number 3. He won four Gold Gloves during his career and has 236 steals to his credit.

Sam Crawford

The leader in triples all time “Wahoo Sam” is one of the most underrated players in Tiger history. Playing in the early 1900’s with Ty Cobb he was often overshadowed by him. However he was still a great player and according to some accounts had an amazing 41 assists from right field one year. He had a lifetime average of .309 and had 1,525 career Runs Batted In. He also still holds the record for most inside the park home runs in a season with 12 in 1901. he was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1957.

Harry Heilmann

With a batting average of .342 and a .520 slugging average “Slug” is one of the best players to ever play for the Tigers organization. He missed half of a season in 1918 due to military service. But he still won four batting titles the first when he was 26 and the second batting title coming with an average of .403. He had 183 career home runs and 1,539 career Runs Batted In.


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