Nickname: “Georgia Peach”
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1936
Ty Cobb hailed from Narrows, Georgia but spent the bulk of his career with the Detroit Tigers from 1905-1926. For the last five of those years, he also served as the team's manager (1921 to 1926). The center fielder still holds the title of top hitter in baseball with a career average of .367. He also stole 892 bases over the course of his career. Cobb batted left but threw right.
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1947
Cochrane hailed from Bridgewater, Massachusetts. While he spent the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia Athletics, he spent the last few years with the Detroit Tigers. His career batting average from .320. “Black Mike” was known for his motivating leadership. In fact, Cochrane, as a player-manager for the Tigers from 1934 to 1937, helped lead them to the pennant in 1934 and the World Series in 1935. He also was a scout and a vice president for the Tigers. His career ended suddenly in 1937 when he was hit in the head while at bat. Cochrane batted left but threw right.
Nickname: "Hammerin' Hank"
Retired Tigers Jersey: #5
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1956
Greenberg hailed from New York but spent most of his career with the Detroit Tigers both before and after suffering a fractured wrist and serving in World War II. He helped the Tigers make the World Series four times. The first baseman stood 6'3”. He hit 331 home runs over 13 seasons and gave Babe Ruth a run for his money when he hit 58 home runs in 1938. He batted and threw right.
Nickname: "The Mechanical Man"
Retired Tigers Jersey: #2
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1949
Michigan born and raised, Gehringer was born in Fowlerville and spent his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. The “Mechanical Man” was a remarkably consistent hitter. In fact, he batted over .300 in 13 seasons, and his lifetime hit average was .320. In 1937, he had a .371 hitting average. Gehringer was the general manager of the Tigers from 1950-1953.
Nickname: “Prince Hal”
Retired Tigers Jersey: #16
Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1992
Newhouser was born and raised in Detroit and spent the bulk of his career (1939-1953) with the Detroit Tigers. The pitcher had an amazing fastball that helped the Tigers capture two World Series victories. Newhouser bats and throws lefty.
Cy Young Award: 1968, 1969
McClain hailed from Chicago, Illinois. He worked his way up through the Detroit farm system and debuted with the Detroit Tigers in 1963, when he was only 20 years old and where he hit his only major-league home run. The pitcher is one of only a handful of major league pitchers to win 30 or more games in a single season. Unfortunately, many of his accomplishments were eclipsed by bad behavior, financial woes and scandal. He left Detroit in 1970 and baseball in 1972 (when he was only 29 years old). Biography
Cy Young Award: 1984
Willie Hernandez hails from Puerto Rico. The 6'3” pitcher started his career with the Chicago Cubs but didn't hit his stride, so to speak, until he was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 1984 as a relief pitcher. In 1984, he lead the league in games played and games finished. He stayed with the Tigers until 1989.
Cy Young Award: 2011
Born and raised in Virginia, Justin Verlander was drafted in the first round of 2004 by the Detroit Tigers, where he remains to this day. The 6'5” pitcher won the American League's Rookie of the Year award in 2006. He pitches and bats right handed and has a fastball that can clock over 100 mph,. He also has an amazing repetoire of pitches that include a curve ball, slider and change up. While he has been known to lead the league in wild pitches, he has also led the league in completed games and strikeouts.
Cabrera hails from Venezuela and has played several positions throughout his career, including third base, left field and first base. The 6'4” player started his career with the Florida Marlins but was traded to the Detroit Tigers in 2007, where he played first base. He has since earned the American League batting title in both 2011 and 2012. During various seasons throughout his career, Cabrera has led the league in total bases, doubles, runs batted in, and home runs.