Detroit Tigers All-Time Team

STARTING LINEUP

Bill FREEHAN

1961, 1963-1976

Won five Gold Gloves, was 11x All-Star. Best catcher in AL in the 1960s, finished 2nd in MVP race in 1968, 3rd in 1967.
Catcher

Hank GREENBERG

1930, 1933-1941, 1945-1946

Hall of Famer and 2x MVP. Hit 58 homers in 1938, led league in HR four times, his HR won 1945 pennant.
first base

Charlie GEHRINGER

1924-1942

Hall of Famer won 1937 batting title and MVP award. Hit .320 in his 19-year career with more than 2,800 hits. Slugged 60 doubles in 1936.
second base

Alan TRAMMELL

1977-1996

Hall of Famer hit .300 seven times, and was runnerup for 1987 AL MVP when he batted .343 with 28 HR and 105 RBI. Won four Gold Gloves.
shortstop

Miguel CABRERA

2008-

First Triple Crown winner in 45 years in 2012. Won MVP Award in 2012 and 2013. Four-time batting champion, led league in RBI twice and HR twice.
third base

Harry HEILMANN

1914, 1916-1929

Hall of Famer with a .342 career batting average. Won four batting titles, hitting .403 in 1923. Drove in 100 runs eight times.
left field

Ty COBB

1905-1926

Hall of Famer with record .367 career average and 12 batting titles. Retired with most hits, runs, RBI, and stolen bases. Hit .400 three times, was MVP in 1911, won Triple Crown in 1909.
center field

Al KALINE

1953-1974

Hall of Famer won 10 Gold Gloves. Career .297 hitter who was youngest to capture a batting title, at 20. Had 3,007 career hits and 399 home runs. Batted .379 in 1968 World Series.
right field

Sam CRAWFORD

1903-1917

Hall of Famer and career .309 hitter who led the league in HR twice, and in triples six times. Holds career record for triples with 309. Had more than 2,900 hits and stole 367 bases.
designated hitter

Sparky Anderson

1979-1995

Hall of Famer was first manager to win World Series in both leagues. Led Tigers to 1984 title,, also capturing 1987 division crown. Career .516 winning mark for Detroit in 17 seasons.
manager

BENCH

Lance PARRISH

1977-1986

Won three Gold Gloves for Detroit, and set record for most HR in a season by a catcher. Topped 30 HR twice in Detroit, and had 114 RBI in 1983.
Catcher

Norm CASH

1960-1974

Hit 373 HR for Detroit, topping 20 HR eleven times. In 1961 he won batting title with .361 mark, also hitting 41 HR with 132 RBI. Had a .487 OBP in 1961.
first base

Cecil FIELDER

1990-1996

Led the AL in HR his first two seasons as a Tiger, with 51 HR in 1990. Led baseball in RBI three straight years. Was second in MVP in both 1990 and 1991.
first base

Lou WHITAKER

1977-1995

Won three Gold Gloves and was Rookie of the Year in 1978. Batted .320 in 1983 with 206 hits and 40 doubles. Hit 20+ HR four times, with career high of 28 in 1989.
second base

Donie BUSH

1908-1921

Patient leadoff man who averaged 89 walks per season. Led AL in walks five times, and stole 406 bases. Third in MVP race in 1914.
shortstop

George KELL

1946-1952

Hall of Famer was one of best defensive third basemen of his era. Hit .343 in 1949 to win batting title. Hit .340 the next season with 56 doubles, and batted over .300 ten times. Career .306 batter.
third base

Bobby VEACH

1912-1923

Played in famed outfield with Cobb and Crawford for six seasons. Led AL in RBI three times, and in doubles twice. A career .310 batter with more walks than strikeouts.
left field

Willie HORTON

1963-1977

Popular hometown hero hit 262 HR for Detroit, including 36 in 1968. Four-time All-Star, was a powerful right-handed slugger.
left field

Kirk GIBSON

1979-1987, 1993-1995

Fierce hometown athlete who delivered clutch hits during two stints with Tigers. First Tiger with a 20 HR/20 SB season, and he did it four times. Two HR in clinching game of 1984 World Series.
outfield

STARTING ROTATION

Hal NEWHOUSER

1939-1953
ACE

Justin VERLANDER

2005-2017
STARTER

Jack MORRIS

1977-1990
starter

Mickey LOLICH

1963-1975
starter

Tommy BRIDGES

1930-1943, 1945-1946
starter

BULLPEN

John HILLER

1965-1970, 1972-1980
closer

Willie HERNANDEZ

1984-1989
reliever

Aurelio LOPEZ

1979-1985
reliever

Jose VALVERDE

2010-2013
reliever

Mike HENNEMAN

1987-1995
reliever

HONORABLE MENTION

johnny bassler, catcher

mickey cochrane, catcher

mickey tettleton, catcher

lu blue, first base

rudy york, c/1b

victor martinez, C/dh

dick mcauliffe, second base

placido polanco, second base

tony phillips, UTILITY

frank lary, pitcher

virgil trucks, pitcher

earl whitehill, pitcher

AL BENTON, pitcher

ray boone, third base

aurelio rodriguez, third base

carlos guillen, shortstop

harvey kuenn, shortstop

travis fryman, ss/3b

billy rogell, shortstop

jim northrup, outfield

bobby higginson, lf/rf

curtis granderson, center field

mickey stanley, outfield

schoolboy rowe, pitcher

frank tanana, pitcher

Mark Fidrych, pitcher

magglio ordonez, right field

roy cullenbine, right field

ron leflore, center field

george mullin, pitcher

earl whitehill, pitcher

hooks dauss, pitcher

dizzy trout, pitcher

max scherzer, pitcher

dan petry, pitcher

denny mclain, pitcher

wild bill donovan, pitcher

jim bunning, pitcher

todd jones, pitcher

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