Tommy Bridges spent sixteen seasons with the Tigers where he was a two time World Series champion and racked up 1674 strikeouts.
Bridges joined the Tigers in 1930. He came within one out of throwing a perfect game in 1932. He threw a one-hitter in ’33 as well he reached the ninth inning with a no-hitter for the fourth time. Bridges won a crucial pitching battle against Dizzy Dean, pitching a complete game victory. That was the Tigers only victory of the series as the Tigers lost the fall classic 3-1.
The next season Bridges would help the Tigers bring the first World Series title since 1909. Bridges pitched a complete game victory in game seven of the World Series as the Tigers brought home the title to Detroit.
Bridges’ later years were uneventful. He pitched a scoreless 14-inning duel in 1942, which ended when it became dark. He entered the Army in 1944, and after one year of service returned to baseball. Bridges was a member of the 1945 World Series championship team and retired from baseball in 1946.
Twelves times Bridges was the American League Leader in strikeouts, and seven times he led the American League in strikeouts per nine innings. In 1941, Bridges set a franchise record for strikeouts. It was a record that wasn’t passed until 1951 by the next person on our list.
Fourth in the Tigers strikeout, king list is Tigers great Hal Newhouser, who spent fifteen seasons playing for the Olde English D.