Detroit Tigers History

Detroit Tigers on ESPN’s MLB Top 100 All-Time List

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Jun 25, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; General view during the sixth inning of the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

The next two former Tigers had very different historical impacts on the Detroit Tigers organization.

At no. 56 is a player who played for the Detroit Tigers to end his career. Eddie Matthews is remembered by Tigers fans for being a part of the 1968 World Series championship team. “Although, he only played a total of 67 games with an old English ‘D” on his jersey. Matthews spent most of his career 914 years)  with the Braves where he hit 493 homers and hit .273. He not only won a World Series with the Tigers but also two with the Milwaukee Braves.

Hank Greenberg is next on the list at 52nd all-time. Greenberg was a Detroit Tiger from 1933-1945. Greenberg could have been much higher on the list, but like many baseball players at this time, he was drafted to fight in World War II from 1942-1945. He also got hurt in three of the seasons he was a Tiger and missed considerable amounts of time. Hank was a two-time MVP, a five-time all-star, and is a member of the Hall of Fame. Greenberg hit 331 career home runs, including 58 homers in 1938. Greenberg was one of the best hitters of his generation. Hank also won two World Series with the Detroit Tigers in 1935 and 1945. His career batting average was .313 and he had a .670 slugging percentage. He finished his career with Pittsburgh in 1947.

See no. 60-51 here.

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