#4 1934 Detroit Tigers
The 1934 Tigers have the highest winning percentage in franchise history at .656, as well as the fourth most wins at 101.
En route to winning the American League Pennant, the 1934 Detroit Tigers posted a 101-53 record. Their world series appearance was the fourth appearance in franchise history. Ultimately, the team would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in game seven of the series.
Prior to the start of the 1934 season, the team brought in Hall-of-Famer Mickey Cochrane to manage the team as well as to play catcher for the team. Cochrane batted .320 that season with a .428 on-base-percentage, 76 RBIs and 32 doubles which were good enough to earn him the American League MVP award.
As the skipper, Cochrane negotiated a trade that brought Goose Goslin to the team. The ’34 World Series wasn’t without controversy. The Tigers were up 3-2 in the series and late in game six umpire Buck Owens called Cochrane out on a play. In a 1982 interview, Charlie Gehringer stated that:
"though all of the photographs show that he was safe by a mile. We wound up losing to Paul Dean by a run. Had Cochrane been called safe on that play, we would’ve had the bases loaded with nobody out and we could’ve had a big inning."
Next on our list, also posting 101 wins is the 1961 Detroit Tigers.