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Detroit Tigers: Top 10 sluggers in franchise history

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DETROIT- SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages)
DETROIT- SEPTEMBER 27: A general view of Tiger Stadium prior to the final baseball game played at the 87 year old Tiger Stadium as the Detroit Tigets host the Kansas City Royals on September 27, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. There was 6,873 games played at the corner of Michigan and Trumbul streets. The Tigers won the game 8-2. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Gettyimages) /
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers pounds fist with Paws before a MLB game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER 24: James McCann #34 of the Detroit Tigers pounds fist with Paws before a MLB game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park on September 24, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images) /

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.

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