The Detroit Tigers have a great history of African-Americans who have worn the Old English D with pride. In honor of Black History Month, here are the five greatest.
The Detroit Tigers have a rich history of successful African-American baseball players. Since 1947 when Jackie Robinson bravely broke the color barrier in professional sports, Detroit’s baseball history has been forever altered.
Three of the greatest outfielders in team history, one each representing the 1968, 1984 and 2006 World Series teams, are all African-American. A future Hall of Famer and one of the most underrated infielders of all-time is as well.
While the current roster is lacking an African-American, it likely won’t be for long. Christin Stewart has been one of Detroit’s top prospects for the last couple of years. Stewart blasted 30 home runs in 2016 and another 28 last season at Double-A. While he lacks a position in the big leagues due to poor defense, his raw power should give him an opportunity in the big leagues. With Victor Martinez nearing retirement, it’s possible Stewart forces his way into Detroit’s lineup sooner rather than later.
Likewise Daz Cameron, son of Mike Cameron, will be a big league center fielder with the Tigers in time. Acquired in the Justin Verlander trade, Cameron has blazing speed and is developing his power. While it won’t be next season, expect Cameron to be a big part of Detroit’s future.
While there was a lot of options to choose from, we have narrowed our list down to the five greatest African-American players to ever suit up for the Tigers. The list included two infielders and three outfielders, with the top pitcher (Earl Wilson) just missing the cut.
If there is anyone that you think we missed or anyone you think is out of order, please leave a comment below!
Without further ado, here is our list: