Detroit Tigers

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Detroit Tigers fan.

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Ty Cobb: 1911 Trophy

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Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb received this “Honey Boy” Evans trophy for posting the highest major league batting average in 1910. It is one of four consecutive Evans trophies the Georgia Peach won from 1909 to 1912, when he regularly ranked among baseball's best in hits, runs scored, and stolen bases.

Hank Greenberg: 1935 MVP Watch

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Tigers first baseman Hank Greenberg received this Hamilton pocket watch from The Sporting News for winning the American League MVP Award in 1935. That season the Detroit slugger led the league in homers (36) and RBI (168), as the club took its second consecutive AL pennant and first-ever World Championship.

Denny McLain: 30th Win Glove

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The only pitcher to win 30 games in a season since Dizzy Dean in 1934, Detroit's Denny McLain reached the milestone while wearing this glove, topping the Oakland A’s on September 14, 1968. McLain ended the year at 31-6 and won both the AL MVP and Cy Young Awards.

Al Kaline: 3,000th Hit Bat

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On September 24, 1974, Detroit DH Al Kaline doubled to right with this bat for his 3,000th career hit, becoming just the 12th player to reach the milestone. Kaline packed a lot of punch at the plate, with nearly 1/3 of his 3,007 total hits going for extra bases.

Alan Trammell: World Series MVP Award

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During the five-game 1984 Fall Classic, Tigers shortstop Alan Trammell hit .450 with two homers, five runs scored, six RBI, and a stolen base to earn this Series MVP Award.

Armando Galarraga: Near-Perfect Game Base

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On June 2, 2010, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga mowed down Cleveland’s first 26 batters. When the 27th batter grounded to the right side, Galarraga stepped on this first base for an apparent perfect game. Although replays later showed the batter was out, Galarraga was forced to settle for an “imperfect” perfect game.

Justin Verlander: MVP/Cy Young Jersey

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Wearing this jersey on August 27, 2011, Detroit fireballer Justin Verlander defeated the Minnesota Twins to become the Tigers' first 20-game winner in 20 years. That season, Verlander captured the AL pitching Triple Crown (24 wins, a 2.40 ERA, and 250 strikeouts), and the AL Cy Young and MVP Awards.

Miguel Cabrera: Triple Crown Bat

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Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera used this bat on September 18, 2012, to swat his 40th home run of the season. Cabrera not only finished the season with a .330 batting average, 44 homers, and 139 RBI for baseball’s first Triple Crown in 45 years, he also won the AL MVP Award.

Ernie Harwell: Microphone

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From 1960 until his retirement in 2002, Ernie Harwell's smooth voice floated through the radios of Detroit fans throughout the Midwest. As the Voice of the Tigers, Harwell called World Series victories, All-Star Games, and uncountable great moments. He donated this microphone, which he used in the 1960s, in 1999.

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