Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Hall of Famers in Franchise History

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Al Kaline (1953-1974)

There is no question that Kaline, who was nicknamed “Mr. Tiger”, is the greatest living Detroit Tiger. He played 22 seasons all with Detroit and played more games in a Tigers uniform, 2,834, than anyone else.

Kaline finished with 3,007 hits, 1,582 RBI, 972 extra-base hits and 4,852 total bases. “Mr. Tiger” is only second to “The Georgia Peach” in all four of those categories.

But no member of the Tigers has more home runs than Kaline’s 399. He hit 27 bombs in 1955 when he won the batting title with a .340 average. Kaline also had 102 RBI that season, finishing second in MVP voting.

Kaline was great with the glove too, capturing 10 gold glove awards in the outfield.

Like Greenberg and Gehringer, Kaline was also a postseason hero. He hit .379 with two home runs and eight RBI in the seven-game 1968 World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Kaline was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1980.