Vote For The Detroit Tigers Hall of Fame ; Pre-60’s Vote (POLL)

detroit tigersWell, we know where the BBWAA sits on players like Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, but what if the Tigers had a Hall of Fame? Who would be in it? Below is a vote where you can only select 10 players over a half century of Tiger baseball, so would it be? Adding a couple other parameters to be eligible, the player must have played at least 5 years in Detroit and/or one third or more of their career in the D. To make the Tigers Hall of Fame, a player must accumulate 75% of the vote.

We’ll eliminate the easy choices of players that are already in the Major League Hall of Fame as they should be shoe-ins. With that, current Detroit Tigers Hall of Famers include:

Ty Cobb, Sam Crawford, Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenberg, Harry Heilmann, Al Kaline, George Kell, Jim Bunning, and Hal Newhouser

The first vote consists of players who played in Detroit between 1901 and 1959. All stats, awards, etc. are from the players time in Detroit.  They include:
Germany Schafer, 2B – 5 Years as a Tiger (1905-09), 3 AL Pennants, hit .250 with 75 2B, 25 3B, 8 HR, and 123 SB while in Detroit

Bill Donovan, P – 11 years as a Tiger (1903-12, ’18), 3 AL Pennants, 25-4 (.862) in 1907, 140-96 W-L, 2.49 ERA in 2137.1 innings of work in Detroit.  1-4 in the World Series, with a 2.88  ERA

George Mullin, P – 12 Years as a Tiger (1902-13), 3 AL Pennants, 29-8 in 1909, 209-179 W-L, 2.82 ERA in 3,686.2 innings as a Tiger. 3-3 in the World Series with a 1.86 ERA.

Del Gainer, 1B – 5 Years as a Tiger (1909-14), .272 avg, 75 2b, 36 3B, 14 HR, .732 OPS as a Tiger

Donie Bush, SS – 14 years in Detroit (1908-21), 2 AL Pennants, led the AL in runs in 1917 (112), and in walks 4 times.  Hit .250 with a .356 OBP and collected 1,745 hits, 181 2B, 73 3B,  and 9 homers.  Hit .318 in the ’09 World Series

Bernie Boland, P – 6 years as a Tiger (1915-20), 67-49 W-L, 3.25 ERA in 1,062 innings and a 12.4 WAR

Harry Coveleski, P – 5 years as a Tiger (1914-18), 69-43, with a 2.34 ERA in 1,248 innings and a 14.6 WAR

Hooks Dauss, P – 15 years as a Tiger (1912-26), 232-182 with a 3.30 ERA in 3,390 innings, and 1,201 K’s, with a 35.2 WAR

Ed Summers, P – 5 Years as a Tiger (1908-12), 2 AL Pennants, 68-45 with a 2.42 ERA in 999 innings and a 1.152 WHIP, tallying up a 11.3 WAR

Bob Jones, 3B – 9 years in Detroit (1917-25), .265 avg, 120 2B, 38 3B, 7 HR, with a .651 OPS and 6.4 WAR

Johnny Bassler, C – 7 years as a Tiger (1921-27), .308 avg. 690 hits, 98 2B, 15 3B, 1 HR, and a .777 OPS and 19.5 WAR

Lu Blue, 1B – 7 years as a Tiger (1921-27), .295 avg. 1,002 hits, 319 2B, 109 3B, 44 HR, and 1,092 BB, with a .803 OPS and 36.7 WAR

Bob Fothergill, OF – 9 years in Detroit (1922-30), .337 avg, 182 2B, 47 3B, 26 HR, with a .861 OPS and 14.2 WAR

Rudy York – 1B/C – 10 years in Detroit (1934-45), 2 World Series appearances, 1 WS Championship, .282 avg, 236 2B, 42 3B, 239 HR, with a .873 OPS and 34.7 WAR.

Marv Owen, 3B – 6 years as a Tiger (1931-37), 2 World Series appearances, 1 WS Championship, .278 avg, .717 OPS and 5.1 WAR

Billy Rogell, SS – 10 years in Detroit (1930-39), 2 World Series appearances, .274 avg, 1,210 hits, 227 2B, .742 OPS and 24.8 WAR. Hit .283 in the WS with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored

Pete Fox, OF – 8 years as a Tiger (1933-1940), 3 World Series appearances, 1 WS Championship, .302 avg, 1,182 hits, 222 2B, 52 3B, 59 HR, with a .781 OPS and 13.5 WAR.  Hit .327 in the WS, with 18 hits, 10 of which were for extra bases, and 6 RBI

John Stone, OF – 6 years in Detroit (1928-33), .303 avg, with 736 hits, 146 2B, 50 3B, 45 HR, with a .822 OPS and 10.7 WAR

Elden Auker, P – 6 years as a Tiger (1933-38), 2 World Series appearances, 1 WS Championship, 77-52 with a 4.26 ERA in 1,083.2 innings and a 11.9 WAR.  Was 1-1 in the WS with a 4.67 ERA

Tommy Bridges, P – 16 years as a Tiger, 4 World Series appearances, 2 WS Championships, 6-time All-Star, league leader in wins in 1936 (23), 194-138, with a 3.57 ERA in 2,826.1 innings pitched and a 52.5 WAR

Schoolboy Rowe, P – 10 years as a Tiger, 3 World Series appearances, 1 WS Championship, 2 All-Star appearances, 158-101, 3.81 ERA in 2,219.1 innings, and 1.302 WHIP, with a 24.1 WAR.  2-5 in the WS, with a 3.91 ERA

Birdie Tebbetts, C – 9 years in Detroit (1936-47), 1 World Series appearance, 2-time All-Star, .260 avg and .676 OPS

Vic Wertz, OF – 9 years as a Tiger (1947-52, 61-63), 2-time All-Star, .286 avg, 145 2B, 30 3B, 109 HR, .852 OPS, with a 16 WAR

Pinky Higgins, 3B – 7 years as a Tiger (1939-1946), 1 World Series appearance, All-Star in 1944, .280 avg, 164 2B, 60 HR, .764 OPS, and 11.3 WAR

Doc Cramer, OF – 7 years as a Tiger, 1 World Series Championship, .282 avg, 768 hits, .682 OPS.  Hit .379 in the ’45 World Series with 4 RBI

Hoot Evers, OF – 9 years in Detroit, 2-time All-Star, .290 avg, .803 OPS, and 12.1 WAR

Johnny Groth, OF – 11 years in Detroit, .293 avg, .780 OPS, 6.6 WAR

Barney McCosky, OF – 5 years as a Tiger, 1 World Series appearance, led the league in hits in 1940 (200) and triples (19), .312 avg, with 201 extra base hits, and a .820 OPS, with a 13 WAR.  Hit .304 in the 1940 WS with 7 hits, 5 runs scored, and a run driven in

Dick Wakefield, OF – 7 years as a Tiger (1941-49), All-Star in 1943, led the league in hits (200) and doubles (38) in 1943.  As a Tiger hit .293 with 102 2B, 29 3B, 56 HR with a .843 OPS and 13.2 WAR.  Finished 6th in MVP voting in ’43 and 5th in ’44

Al Benton, P – Played in Detroit for 9 years (1938-48), Won a World Series, was an All-Star twice, and had a career 71-64 W-L, with a 3.46 ERA in 1,218.2 innings, and a 8.9 WAR

Fred Hutchinson, P – Pitched in Detroit for 10 seasons (1939-53), 1 World Series appearance, an All-Star in 1951, was 95-71 with a 3.73 ERA in 1,464 innings, with a 1.281 WHIP, and 20.7 WAR

Dizzy Trout, P – Trout pitched in Detroit from 1939-52 (14 years), made 2 World Series appearances, and won one of them.  Was a 2-time All-Star, led the league in wins in ’43 (20), ERA in ’44 (2.12), shutouts twice (’43 & ’44), and was the runner-up to the MVP in 1944.  As a Tiger, Trout was 161-153, with a 3.20 ERA, in 2,591.2 innings, and a 1.344 WHIP, collecting a 45.2 WAR.  Trout was 1-2 in WS games, with a 1.72 ERA and 1.213 WHIP

Virgil Trucks, P – Pitched in Detroit for 12 seasons (1941-52, ’56), 1 World Series Championship, All-Star in 1949, threw 2 no-hitters in ’52, was 114-96 as a Tiger with a 5.50 ERA, in 1800.2 innings, and a 1.305 WHIP, with 26.9 WAR. Was 1-0 in his 2 World Series starts, with a 3.38 ERA

Frank House, C – 7 years in Detroit (1950-57, ’61), .251 avg, 89 extra base hits, .686 OPS, 3.4 WAR

Red Wilson, C – 7 years in Detroit (1954-60), .262 avg, 103 extra base hits, .709 OPS, 5 WAR

Frank Bolling, 2B – 6 years as a Tiger (1954-60), .261 avg, 216 extra base hits, .714 OPS, 11.2 WAR, Gold Glove in 1958

Ray Boone, 3B – 6 years as a Tiger (1953-58), All-Star in ’54 & ’56, led the league in RBI with 116 in 1955.  Hit .291 with 100 2B, 30 3B, 105 HR with a .854 OPS, with a 16.4 WAR.

Harvey Kuenn, SS – 8 years in Detroit (1952-59), 7-time All-Star, led the league in hits 4-times, doubles 3-times,  and batting average once.  Was Rookie of the Year in ’53, finished as high as 4th in MVP voting in ’56 and was voted for in 7 seasons as a Tiger. Hit .314 in Detroit, with 244 2B, 43 3B, 53 HR, and a .786 OPS, and 21 WAR

Charlie Maxwell, OF – Played 8 seasons in Detroit (1955-62), was an All-Star twice, hit .268, with 92 2B, 20 3B, 133 HR, and had a .828 OPS, and 19.2 WAR

Frank Lary, P – A Tiger for 11 years (1954-64), 2-time All-Star, led the league in wins in 1956 (21), and was 123-110 as a Tiger with a 3.46 ERA, in 2,008.2 innings, with a 1.271 WHIP, and 28.6 WAR.  Finished 3rd in Cy Young voting in 1961

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