Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Hall of Famers in Franchise History

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Hal Newhouser (1939-1955)

Before Denny McLain and Justin Verlander were even born, Newhouser was building a Hall of Fame resume by winning AL MVP awards as a starting pitcher.

From 1944-1948, he led the league in victories four times and ERA twice.

Newhouser won his first MVP award in 1944 with a 29-9 record, 2.22 ERA and 187 strikeouts in 312 1/3 innings pitched.

The following year, Newhouser was even better, winning the MVP award again. In 1945, he led the American League with 25 victories, a 1.81 ERA, 212 strikeouts and 313 1/3 innings.

Since 1945, only six other pitchers, Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton, Doc Gooden, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens and Justin Verlander have been able to repeat that feat.

Newhouser was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.