3 Greatest Pitchers in Tigers History

Tristan Jung
Justin Verlander is one of the greatest pitchers in Tigers history.
Justin Verlander is one of the greatest pitchers in Tigers history. / Dustin Bradford/Getty Images
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The Detroit Tigers are one of the oldest franchises in baseball. With an uninterrupted history in Detroit going back to their addition to the Western League in 1894, plenty of great players have gone through the organization.

On this list, we're looking through the three best pitchers in Tigers history.

3. Mickey Lolich

Through his 16-year career with the Tigers, Mickey Lolich was a tad underrated. Despite a 3.44 ERA and the No. 2 spot in the all-time Tigers wins list, Lolich only made three All-Star teams. However, Lolich was the anchor of the Tigers' staff throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. In his peak year, 1971, Lolich threw 376 innings and ended with a 2.92 ERA. He followed it up with 327.1 innings and a 2.50 ERA in 1972. Most famously, Lolich won three games in the 1968 World Series, including a crucial Game 7.

2. Justin Verlander

After a dazzling 12.5 years in Detroit, Justin Verlander has already secured a spot as one of the best Tigers of all-time. From his first full season in 2006 onward, Verlander was utterly dominant. His first peak between 2009 and 2013 saw him earn an MVP Award, a Cy Young Award, and five All-Star appearances. In that time, the Tigers won three AL Central titles and made the 2012 World Series. Verlander was traded at the 2017 trade deadline and has once again become a top AL pitcher with the Houston Astros, making him lock for the Hall of Fame whenever he retires.

1. Hal Newhouser

Hal Newhouser spent his entire 17-year career with the Tigers, winning 207 games and posting a career ERA of 3.06. For years, Newhouser was the best pitcher in the major leagues. From 1944-1946, his ERAs were 2.22, 1.81, and 1.94. While Newhouser benefitted from peaking during the Second World War, he was still an All-Star from 1946-1949 and had a career that stretch to 1954. Newhouser won two MVP Awards in 1944 and 1945 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame. After a lifetime around the game, he only quit baseball in 1992 when the Houston Astros took Phil Nevin over a young prospect named Derek Jeter.


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