It is often brought up throughout sports, who is on your Mt. Rushmore? There have been a great number of Athletes you could put on any one sports Mt. Rushmore, let alone picking a select few from any of the major sports. It is often a topic that is great for debate, because how do you decide?
There have been many great Detroit Tigers, both on and off of the field that could potentially be up for who would go on their Mt. Rushmore. Again, It is a tough call.
The first name that may be brought up when discussing a Mt. Rushmore for the Tigers would be the Ty Cobb, also known as the "Georgia Peach." Cobb took a lot of personal hits, but his production on the field was remarkable. Some would say no one played the game harder or better than what Cobb did from 1905-1926.
He totaled 3,900 hits for Detroit, no one in baseball history has more for one team. Cobb is the all-time leader in more categories than any other player to wear the Old English "D." Cobb finished his 22-year Tiger career with a .368 batting average as well. Cobb may be the only one obvious choice for the Detroit Tigers Mt. Rushmore.
Charlie Gehringer is also another possible choice. Gehringer spent his entire 19-year career with Detroit and finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting seven consecutive seasons. He won the award once and earned a batting title with a .371 batting average in 1937. Gehringer was known for his superior numbers.
Hammerin' Hank Greenberg had a great career with the Tigers in the years surrounding World War II. Greenberg had just seven full seasons with the Tigers, but definitely made the most out of them. Over those seasons he averaged .322 with 40 home runs, 147 RBIs and 122 runs. He earned two MVP trophies.
Al Kaline spent most of his career with the Tigers as well. Kaline reached the 3,000 hit plateau and finished with 399 career home runs. He entered the league as an 18-year-old. In his second full season, Kaline won the American League batting crown with a .340 average. He finished with nine top-10 MVP finishes, made 15-All-Star teams, and won 10 Gold Gloves.
Some other candidates that may be debated for the Tigers Mt. Rushmore could be ace Hal Newhouser who had back-to-back MVP seasons, and a finished in second the following season. For three generations in Michigan, Tigers fans tune into games and listened to the voice of the Tigers Ernie Harwell on the radio.
Sparky Anderson led Detroit to a winning record 11 times in his 16 full seasons with the team, including eight consecutive winning seasons which is longest active streak by any Tigers manager. In 1968, Detroit erased a three-games-to-one deficit in the World Series behind the heroics of Mickey Lolich, who made the comeback possible.
It is also appropriate to add in current Tiger Justin Verlander into the discussion. Verlander has spent his entire career with the Tigers, and looks as if he will retire a Tiger. He has achieved some impressive milestones throughout his career, already winning the MVP.
Last but not least, arguably the best hitter in the game today, Miguel Cabrera, who just signed a lengthy deal to remain in Detroit, could go down as not only one of the best Tigers, but one of the best players in MLB history. Both could also be potential names put into the debate for who belongs in the Detroit Tigers Mt. Rushmore.
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