Detroit Tigers: 4 hometown players in franchise history

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KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 27: A baseball sits on the field before the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 27, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Davidson/Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers franchise has a rich history. Some of the greatest in the game have worn the Olde English D. In this post, however, we look at four players who were born in the Motor City and wore the Olde English D.

The Detroit Tigers have had names like Ty Cobb, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, and Jack Morris. But, these players weren’t born in Detroit. Over the years, the Tigers have had plenty of players who were born in Detroit.

Some of these players aren’t played maybe a season or two for the Detroit Tigers. We aren’t looking for All-Stars or Hall-of-Famers. We just want to profile four players from the Motor City. Charlie Gehringer is a Tigers legend, native to Michigan. He was born in Fowlerville and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1949.

Baseball has been in Detroit since the 1800s, with the founding of the Detroit Wolverines in 1881. The team was disbanded in 1888 and the Detroit Tigers wouldn’t come to Detroit until 1901. As one of the American Leagues charter franchises, they are the oldest continuous one-name, one-city franchise in the American League.

The state of Michigan has produced many great baseball players throughout the history of major league baseball. There have also been many players who are lesser known but still had fruitful major league careers.

Here is a look at five players, who were born in the city of Detroit and at some point in their career represented the Olde English D in the majors.

The first player of focus is Bill Fahey, who spent the last three years of his career with the Detroit Tigers.

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