3 Most Unbreakable Detroit Tigers Franchise Records

Jason Schandl
Most unbreakable records in Tigers history, including Ty Cobb's 248 hits in 1911.
Most unbreakable records in Tigers history, including Ty Cobb's 248 hits in 1911. / Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images
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The Detroit Tigers may not be coming off an exciting 2019 season, but they have a long, storied history of success, dating way back to the beginning of the 1900's.

You don't play over 100 years of baseball without having some memorable, franchise-defining performances. Some Tigers players have reach highs (and also lows) that we may simply never see again.

With that in mind, here are three Tigers franchise records that may never be broken.

1. Most Career Wins for a Pitcher — Hooks Dauss (223)

There are a few different ways to look at how crazy this record is. No pitcher in the MLB won more than 21 games in either the 2018 or 2019 seasons. Even if a pitcher were to win 21 games every year, they wouldn't break this record until their 11th season. The closest a Tigers pitcher that debuted later than the 1970's has come to this mark was Justin Verlander, who won 183 games across 13 years. Even at the pace of Verlander, the greatest Tigers pitcher in recent memory, it would take almost 16 years to break the record. In today's MLB, a franchise just doesn't get 16 strong seasons out of a pitcher.

2. Most Losses in a Season — 2003 (119)

The Tigers' 119 losses in the 2003 season were the third-most ever for an MLB team in a single year. The only worse marks came from the 1962 New York Mets (120) and the 1899 Cleveland Spiders (134). Modern sports are constantly working toward improving parity, and even the worst MLB teams in recent memory (the 2018 Baltimore Orioles and the '19 Tigers) put together more than 45 wins. Considering those 2003 Tigers are the only team with more than 115 losses in a season since 1962 (and one of only two since 1916), it's hard to imagine any franchise dropping that many again, let alone the Tigers doing it.

3. Most Hits in a Single Season — Ty Cobb in 1911 (248)

The greatest outfielder in Tigers history, Ty Cobb holds three of the top five single-season hit marks in franchise history, but his 1911 campaign checks in at first by a significant margin, with 11 more than the No. 2 mark (Harry Heilmann in 1921). The only performance since World War II that cracks the top 10 is Magglio Ordonez' 2007 season, which saw him fall 32 short of Cobb's record. At his pace, it would have taken another 24 games to beat Cobb. Only one player in the MLB (Ichiro Suzuki in 2004) has topped Cobbb's single-season mark since 2,000, and Ichiro himself looks like a talent that may never be replicated.


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