Detroit Tigers: Top 10 Starting Pitchers of All Time
October 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Detail view of a Detroit Tigers logo with autographs before game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. The Tigers defeated Athletics 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
3. Hal Newhouser
Newhouser is the only pitcher on this list in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but there are a few others who could be enshrined in the Hall after their careers are completed. Newhouser pitched for 15 years for the Tigers, including the tumultuous War Years where he completed dominated the game of baseball. He made six appearances in the All-Star Game. He won the MVP two consecutive years in 1944 and ’45. In 1945 and ’46, he led the league with 1.81 and 1.94 ERAs. He led the league in wins in four of his years with Detroit.
Newhouser can be seen by visitors at Comerica Park. He has a statue behind left field and his number 16 will never be worn by another Tiger ever. He was a consummate professional who was lovingly called Prince Hal for his neatness and demeanor. He is the only pitcher on this list who from Detroit, making him a beloved home-town hero.
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