Willie Horton was a member of the 1968 World Series title that helped bring unity to a city that was struggling.
He’s also known for standing on the corner he grew-up on to try and bring peace to rioters.
"It was at 12th Street and Clairmount, 15 hours after a blind pig had been raided by Detroit police, setting off one of the worst racial uprisings in American history. Horton was still in his Tigers uniform following a doubleheader the Tigers and Yankees had split that afternoon at Tiger Stadium. He and the players had been urged to leave in a hurry, to head straight home, to stay far from the smoke and searing tempers that had turned a town into a cauldron."
The Tigers signed Horton in 1961, he played with the Tigers’ farm team until September of 1963 when he made his MLB debut. During his rookie campaign, he rang in 104 RBIs and 29 home runs, which earned him all-star status. He was also a member of the 1968 World Series Title that helped bring unity to Detroit.
During his 15-years with the Detroit Tigers, he was a four-time all-star. He hit 262 home runs, 886 RBIs, and 211 doubles. He also posted a slash line of .276/.337.472/.808. He’d finish his career elsewhere as the Tigers traded him to the Rangers in 1977. He followed that with a stop in Cleveland, Oakland, before spending 1978-1980 with Seattle.
Ahead of Horton on our list is another Tigers legend. In at number four is Hank Greenberg who posted 306 home runs during his time in the Motor City.