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TRAVIS FRYMAN

Third Baseman, 1990-1997

#24

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--Class of 2000--

Bats - Right

Throws - Right

Born - 3/25/1969

Biography:

David Travis Fryman was businesslike in everything he did. He was never flashy, but nonetheless got the job done. And oh, did he get the job done. At first expected to be the heir replacement to Alan Trammell at shortstop, Fryman gradually became entrenched at third base, where he eventually became maybe the greatest third-sacker in team history. Drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft, Fryman was already with parent club by 1990, posting nine home runs and a .297 batting average in just 66 games. And he continued to produce. In 1991, Fryman began a string of seven straight seasons in which he hit at least 15 home runs and drove in at least 80 for the Tigers. When it was all said and done, his two best seasons in Detroit may have been his last two. Fryman hit 22 homers, drove in 100 runs, and batted .268 in 1996, and followed that up with a '97 campaign in which he clubbed 22 long-balls to go along with 102 RBI and a .274 average. A four-time All-Star with the Tigers, he Fryman was also a Silver Slugger winner in 1992. His defensive abilities flourished at third base, and he eventually won a Gold Glove with the Indians in 2000. Following the '97 season, Fryman was traded to the fledgling Diamondbacks organization for Joe Randa, Gabe Alvarez, and a career minor leaguer. Ernie Harwell knew then and there that it wasn’t a good move. "Travis was a great leader and a great talent," the Tigers legend said. "The Tigers never should have let him go. He's one of those true team players." No Tigers fan who remembers Fryman could disagree.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1990 21 DET AL 66 232 32 69 11 1 9 27 3 3 17 51 .297 .348 .470 127 109 1 1
1991 22 DET AL 149 557 65 144 36 3 21 91 12 5 40 149 .259 .309 .447 106 249 6 3
1992 23 DET AL 161 659 87 175 31 4 20 96 8 4 45 144 .266 .316 .416 103 274 5 6
1993 24 DET AL 151 607 98 182 37 5 22 97 9 4 77 128 .300 .379 .486 133 295 1 4
1994 25 DET AL 114 464 66 122 34 5 18 85 2 2 45 128 .263 .326 .474 104 220 1 5
1995 26 DET AL 144 567 79 156 21 5 15 81 4 2 63 100 .275 .347 .409 96 232 0 3
1996 27 DET AL 157 616 90 165 32 3 22 100 4 3 57 118 .268 .329 .437 93 269 1 4
1997 28 DET AL 154 595 90 163 27 3 22 102 16 3 46 113 .274 .326 .440 99 262 0 5

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 8 1990 1997 1096 4297 607 1176 229 29 149 679 390 931 .274 .334 .444 58 26 106

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JIM CAMPBELL

President, 1978-1990

General Manager, 1962-1983

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--Class of 2000--

Born - 2/5/1924

Died - 10/31/1995

Biography:

Jim Campbell was married to baseball, literally and figuratively, and his devotion to the game cost him his wife of 15 years. "She accused me of loving baseball more than her. Damned if she wasn’t right," Campbell later said. Making his start in the Tigers organization for the Tomasville, Georgia farm club in 1949, he quickly moved up the ranks, with owner John Fetzer promoting him to Vice President and Director of Minor League Operations in 1960. He held that position until 1963, when he became Fetzer's Vice President and General Manager. Considered family by Fetzer, Campbell was allowed in many cases to run the team the way he saw fit. That worked well, as he shared many of Fetzer's values. Conservative in nature, Campbell held on to baseball's past when it came to negotiating contracts and when it came to his views on arbitration and free agency. Hank Aguirre once refused to sign a contract drawn up by the cigar-smoking executive until it involved a raise in salary. Aguirre got his wish. Campbell increased his salary one cent. Despite his hard-line tactics, Campbell came by his ways honestly. The ex-Ohio State University baseball player was a frugal man himself who believed in few frills. And he was good at what he did. During his tenure, the Tigers won a World Series (in 1968) and fielded contenders throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. In 1972, the nucleus of the '68 team had one last push, winning the American League East title before plummeting to the depths of the standings in 1974. Campbell, who became team president in 1979, soon rebuilt the Tigers into another contender. They won the World Series in 1984 with a core of players built once again through a flourishing farm system. Like its predecessor, that nucleus also went on to win another A.L. East crown. However, just as in 1972, the remnants of the 1987 Tigers fell deep into the second division just two years later. Campbell was eventually promoted to chairman and chief executive to make room for Bo Schembechler on January 8, 1990. However, the Campblell-Schembechler front office didn't last long. Mike Ilitch purchased the team on August 22, 1992, and Campbell's 43-year relationship with the Detroit Tigers was ended with a phone call. Without his first love, Campbell didn't live much longer. He died of a heart attack on Halloween in 1995.

Executive Record:

[b]Year	Team	W	L	WP	Finish	Champs[/b]
1962 Detroit 85 76 .528 4
1963 Detroit 79 83 .488 5
1964 Detroit 85 77 .525 4
1965 Detroit 89 73 .549 4
1966 Detroit 88 74 .543 3
1967 Detroit 91 71 .562 2
[b]1968 Detroit 103 59 .636 1 WS[/b]
1969 Detroit 90 72 .556 2
1970 Detroit 79 83 .488 4
1971 Detroit 91 71 .562 2
[b]1972 Detroit 86 70 .551 1 DIV[/b]
1973 Detroit 85 77 .525 3
1974 Detroit 72 90 .444 6
1975 Detroit 57 102 .358 6
1976 Detroit 74 87 .460 5
1977 Detroit 74 88 .457 4
1978 Detroit 86 76 .531 5
1979 Detroit 85 76 .528 5
1980 Detroit 84 78 .519 4
1981 Detroit 60 49 .550
1982 Detroit 83 79 .512 4
1983 Detroit 92 70 .568 2
[b]1984 Detroit 104 58 .642 1 WS[/b]
1985 Detroit 84 77 .522 3
1986 Detroit 87 75 .537 3
[b]1987 Detroit 98 64 .605 1 DIV[/b]
1988 Detroit 88 74 .543 2
1989 Detroit 59 103 .364 7
1990 Detroit 79 83 .488 3

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WILLIE HERNANDEZ

Pitcher, 1984-1989

#21

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--Class of 2005--

Bats - Left

Throws - Left

Born - 11/14/1954

Biography:

Needing one more piece to complete the World Championship puzzle in 1984, the Tigers traded away fan favorites John Wockenfuss and Glenn Wilson to the Philadelphia Phillies for Dave Bergman and a lefty hurler named Guillermo "Willie" Hernandez. It didn't take long for the Tigers to realize that they may have made one of the best trades in team history. Equipped with a deadly screwball and equally deadly confidence, Hernandez's 1984 campaign was one for the ages, especially for a relief pitcher. Willie posted a 9-3 record that season, notching a save in each of his first 32 opportunities. His only blown save in '84 came in his final opportunity of the regular season. It was a regular season in which Herandez pitched just over 140 innings in 80 appearances, posting a sparkling 1.92 ERA in the process. In tandem with Aurelio Lopez, the Tigers were able to feature one of the the best 1-2 bullpen combinations in team history. But as Hernandez proved, the regular season was only the beginning. During the postseason, he was as equally effective. In six games that October, Hernandez logged just over nine innings of work, earning three saves and recording the final out of the 1984 World Series in the process. He finished the season by winning not only the American League Cy Young Award, but also collecting MVP honors, an incredible achievement for any pitcher, much less a reliever. The three-time Tigers All-Star never again had a season that equaled 1984, but he had a few more strong ones. In 1985, he saved 31 games and posted a 2.70 ERA in 107 innings of work. He went on to save 24 games in '86, but started losing favor with the fans, and in turn began to lose confidence. He rejected the name Willie in favor of his given name, Guillermo, and in a fit of frustration once dumped the contents of a water bucket on to a reporter's head. In 1987, manager Sparky Anderson began rotating closers, with Hernandez saving only eight games en route to the Tigers' American League East Division title. He also shared the closer's role with Mike Henneman in the following two seasons, collecting another 25 saves before opting for retirement. When it was all said an done, Hernandez had solidified himself as one of the great relief pitchers in team history. His 120 saves in a Tigers uniform places him third all-time for a Detroit reliever.

Pitching:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	W	L	G	GS	CG	SHO	GF	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	HBP	WP	BFP	ERA	ERA+	WHIP[/B]
1984 29 DET AL 9 3 80 0 0 0 68 32 140.3 96 30 30 6 36 112 4 2 548 1.92 204 0.941
1985 30 DET AL 8 10 74 0 0 0 64 31 106.7 82 38 32 13 14 76 1 2 415 2.70 151 0.900
1986 31 DET AL 8 7 64 0 0 0 53 24 88.7 87 35 35 13 21 77 5 2 376 3.55 117 1.218
1987 32 DET AL 3 4 45 0 0 0 31 8 49.0 53 27 20 8 20 30 0 1 217 3.67 116 1.490
1988 33 DET AL 6 5 63 0 0 0 38 10 67.7 50 24 23 8 31 59 4 3 284 3.06 125 1.197
1989 34 DET AL 2 2 32 0 0 0 25 15 31.3 36 21 20 4 16 30 1 0 141 5.74 66 1.660

[B]YR From To W L WL% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+[/B]
TOTALS 6 1984 1989 36 31 .537 2.98 358 0 279 0 0 120 483.7 404 175 160 52 138 384 135

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ERNIE HARWELL

Broadcaster, 1960-2002

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--Class of 2005--

Born - 1/25/1918

Biography:

While Ty Cobb may be the most famous Detroit Tiger ever, he nonetheless cannot lay claim to the most beloved Georgian in team history. That honor clearly goes to Ernie Harwell. Known as the golden voice of the Tigers, Ernie Harwell is in league with Al Kaline as one of the most influential and enduring names of the second half of the 20th century. He enjoyed stints with the Atlanta Crackers, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, and Baltimore Orioles before coming to Detroit, where he replaced veteran broadcaster Van Patrick. He immediately became known for his inviting, low-key southern delivery. And his stories of baseball yesteryear soon became as much a part of his broadcasts as the game itself. Although most of them came late in his career, Harwell's classic catch-phrases have become part of the baseball lexicon, not only in Detroit but throughout Major League Baseball. His famed strikeout call, "he stood there like the house by the side of the road," is also his oldest. That phrase came from a poem called "The House by the Side of the Road," that he recited as a ten year-old in the fifth grade. Other legendary Harwell catch-phrases included his home run call ("it’s LONG gone") and his double-play call ("two for the price of one"). Another of Ernie's signature calls was his assigning of hometowns to foul balls caught in the stands. Fans across the state quickly caught on, asking him to plug their hometown on the air, and by the late 1970s it was a Tiger Stadium tradition. Throughout his career Harwell teamed with George Kell, Bob Scheffing, Gene Osborne, Ray Layne, Rick Rizzs, Bob Rathbun, Al Kaline, Jim Price, and Dan Dickerson, but he's best remembered for his partnership with Paul Carey. The legendary broadcasting duo were paired from 1973 until 1991, when Carey retired and Harwell was summarily fired by the Tigers' flagship station, WJR. A hellstorm ensued. Fans threatened to boycott not only the team, but Tigers owner Tom Monaghan's Domino's Pizza franchises. As a result, Harwell's departure from the Tigers was short-lived. He returned to radio for three innings with his apparent replacements –- Rick Rizzs and Bob Rathburn -– for one season, and between 1994 and 1998 did television broadcasts on cable and local TV, before returning to radio in 1999. He remained a radio mainstay until his retirement on September 29, 2002. The only broadcaster to ever be traded for a player, Harwell was the first active announcer to be honored with the Ford C. Frick Award, which cemented his place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Harwell's portrait is located at the one of the main entrances at Comerica Park, along with a life-size statue honoring his illustrious broadcasting career. In 2004, the Detroit Public Library dedicated a room which will house his personal collection of baseball memorabilia. Harwell was eventually elected to the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1989, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in 1989, and in perhaps his greatest achievement as a broadcaster, the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998. And in 2001, the legacy of legendary Detroit Tigers radio voices came full circle, when Harwell won the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Broadcasting.

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CHARLIE BENNETT

Catcher, 1881-1888

-- Detroit Wolverines --

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--Class of 1890--

Bats - Right

Throws - Right

Born - 11/21/1854

Died - 2/24/1927

Biography:

Before Ty Cobb, Joe Lewis, Bobby Layne, Al Kaline, and Gordie Howe, there was Charlie Bennett. He was Detroit's first sports legend. Bennett was considered by many the best catcher in the 1800s, and was one of two captains during the Detroit Wolverines' eight-year tenure. He was the ingenious and popular leader for the franchise that kicked off major league baseball in Detroit. And he was a pioneer. Bennett is often credited for creating the first chest protector for catchers. It was a cork-lined vest made by his wife that he wore under his uniform. A .278 hitter with Detroit, Bennett batted .243 during the Wolverines' glorious 1886 campaign in which they won 87 and lost 36, but defensively lead all National League catchers in total chances (533) and fielding percentage (.955). He also was effective at stopping the opposition's running game. During the Wolverines' World Championship season in 1887, he saw split duties with fellow Charlie (Ganzel), but provided a .400 slugging percentage in the process. His best season with Detroit was probably 1885 when he slugged .456 with 24 doubles, 13 triples, and five home runs in just 91 games. He batted over .300 during each of his first three seasons in Detroit (1881 to 1883). A tragic train accident in 1893 resulted in the loss of both of Bennett's legs, reducing him to the use of artificial limbs. However, the accident didn’t destory Bennett's zest for life or his love affair with Detroit. Bennett Park was opened on Michigan and Trumbull on April 28, 1896, with Charlie throwing the first pitch. It's a routine he continued for every home opener until 1926.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1881 26 DTN NL 76 299 44 90 18 7 7 64 18 37 .301 .341 .478 149 143
1882 27 DTN NL 84 342 43 103 16 10 5 51 20 33 .301 .340 .450 151 154
1883 28 DTN NL 92 371 56 113 34 7 5 55 26 59 .305 .350 .474 152 176
1884 29 DTN NL 90 341 37 90 18 6 3 40 36 40 .264 .334 .378 130 129
1885 30 DTN NL 91 349 49 94 24 13 5 60 47 37 .269 .356 .456 161 159
1886 31 DTN NL 72 235 37 57 13 5 4 34 4 48 29 .243 .371 .391 129 92
1887 32 DTN NL 46 160 26 39 6 5 3 20 7 30 22 .244 .363 .400 109 64 0
1888 33 DTN NL 74 258 32 68 12 4 5 29 4 31 40 .264 .347 .399 137 103 2

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 8 1881 1888 625 2355 324 654 141 57 37 353 256 297 .278 .349 .433 15 0 142

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DAN BROUTHERS

First Baseman, 1886-1888

"Big Dan"

-- Detroit Wolverines --

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--Class of 1890--

Bats - Left

Throws - Left

Born - 5/8/1858

Died - 8/2/1932

Biography:

After five years of ineptitude, glory on the diamond was brought to Detroit in the only way they knew how: cold hard cash. For $8,000, the Detroit Wolverines likely purchased themselves the city's first and only N.L. pennant in the fall of 1885. For that tidy sum, Detroit president Fredrick Kimball Stearns purchased the entire Buffalo club, with first baseman Dan Brouthers being the crown jewel of the franchise. Brouthers didn't disappoint. He batted .338 with a .543 slugging percentage during his three-year career in the pre-Motor City, slugging 32 homers and driving in 239 in the process. He led the National League with 40 doubles, 11 home runs, and a .581 slugging percentage in 1886. He followed up that magical season with a .338 batting average, .562 slugging percentage, and an N.L.-leading 153 runs scored and 36 doubles to help lead the Wolverines to the city's first ever World Championship. He was sidelined for much of the 15-game World Series that season due to an ankle injury, but despite that setback the Wolverines beat the American Association's St. Louis Browns 10 games to five. Credited for coining the phrase "keep your eye on the ball," Brouthers once reportedly knocked out a fan with a home run shot. "Big Dan" was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1886 28 DTN NL 121 489 139 181 40 15 11 72 21 66 16 .370 .445 .581 206 284
1887 29 DTN NL 123 500 153 169 36 20 12 101 34 71 9 .338 .426 .562 169 281 6
1888 30 DTN NL 129 522 118 160 33 11 9 66 34 68 13 .307 .399 .464 174 242 12

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 3 1886 1888 373 1511 410 510 109 46 32 239 205 38 .338 .423 .534 89 0 182

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SAM THOMPSON

Right Fielder, 1885-1888

"Big Sam"

-- Detroit Wolverines --

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--Class of 1890--

Bats - Left

Throws - Left

Born - 3/5/1860

Died - 11/7/1922

Biography:

One of baseball's first great sluggers, "Big Sam" Thompson was a 6-foot-2 home run hitting machine. The legendary right fielder was first managed by Indianapolis's young skipper Bill Watkins, and when Watkins was named the Wolverines manager, he brought Thompson along. For parts of four seasons, Thompson proved his worth in the major leagues. During limited action in 1885, Thompson slugged seven home runs and nine triples while batting .303. The strong-armed outfielder followed that up in '86 with his first full season, batting .310 with 18 doubles, 13 triples, and eight homers. He also clouted 89 RBIs along the way. In 1887, Thompson had one of the greatest seasons in National League history. He batted a league-leading .372, to go along with a .571 slugging percentage as well as 166 RBI, 23 triples, and 203 hits. He continued his dominating season in the World Series that October, hitting two home runs while batting .362 with a .621 slugging percentage. "Big Sam's" efforts helped Detroit win the series, ten games to five. Thompson suffered from arm injuries in 1888, in what was to become his last season with the Wolverines, but continued his playing career in Philadelphia before retiring in 1898. His final major league at-bats would come eight years later, when at the age of 46 he appeared in eight games for the Tigers, in the city that had made him a legend. The Veterans Committee elected Thompson to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1885 25 DTN NL 63 254 58 77 11 9 7 44 16 22 .303 .344 .500 170 127
1886 26 DTN NL 122 503 101 156 18 13 8 89 13 35 31 .310 .355 .445 139 224
1887 27 DTN NL 127 545 118 203 29 23 11 166 22 32 19 .372 .416 .571 168 311 9
1888 28 DTN NL 56 238 51 67 10 8 6 40 5 23 10 .282 .352 .466 159 111 3
1906 46 DET AL 8 31 4 7 0 1 0 3 0 1 .226 .250 .290 67 9 0 0

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 4 1885 1888 368 1540 328 503 68 53 32 339 106 82 .327 .375 .502 40 0 157

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ANDY COOPER

Pitcher, 1920-1930

"Lefty"

-- Detroit Stars --

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--Class of 1930--

Bats - Right

Throws - Left

Born - 4/24/1898

Died - 6/3/1941

Biography:

One of the greatest southpaw hurlers in Negro League history, Andy "Lefty" Cooper had it all. A smart pitcher, he was a master at mixing pitches, using a curveball, a change, a slider, and a screwball to frustrate batters with finesse for over 20-years. Cooper was the Stars' only real longtime presence on the mound, pitching in Detroit from 1920 to 1927, before returning to the Motor City in 1930. It took him a few seasons in Detroit to really get going, but once he did he dazzled batters with his pitch-to-contact pinpoint control, rarely issuing a walk and recording few strikeouts. His breakout year came in 1922, when he posted a 14-5 record, following that up with marks of 15-8 in 1923, 12-5 in 1924, 11-3 in 1925, 12-8 in 1926, and 7-3 in 1927. And he wasn't merely a starter. Cooper often came out of the bullpen, and holds the Stars' current known record for career saves (24). On three occasions he posted runs-per-game averages under four -– an incredible feat considering unearned runs were included in that statistic. Leaving for a spot on the Kansas City Monarchs after 1927, Cooper returned for one of the Stars' finest seasons in 1930. During that year he posted a 15-6 mark and completed 16 of the 20 games he started. He walked just nine batters in 161 innings that season and posted a 4.96 RPG mark. Perhaps his best season was his breakout 1922 campaign, in which he completed 16 of the 22 games he started, allowed just 132 hits and 21 walks in 153 innings, and recorded four shutouts en route to a sparkling 3.71 RPG. Holder of Stars records in virtually every key pitching statistic, Cooper finished his time in Detroit boasting a 91-48 record and a 4.24 career RPG. He also made a little history along the way. On June 28, 1930 Cooper was named the Stars' starting pitcher in what became the first baseball game played under lights in the city of Detroit. The visiting Monarchs' travelling night baseball caravan predated lights at Michigan and Trumbull by 18 years. Cooper didn't have one of his better performances that night, taking the loss. But for the most part, his star always shone bright in Detroit.

Pitching:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	W	L	G	GS	CG	SHO	SV	IP	H	BB	SO	RPG	WHIP[/B]
1920 22 DTS NNL 0 2 8 3 1 0 1 36.7 31 19 10 5.15 1.362
1921 23 DTS NNL 5 8 23 16 9 1 0 117.0 122 13 29 4.46 1.154
1922 24 DTS NNL 14 5 25 22 16 4 0 153.0 132 21 43 3.71 1.000
1923 25 DTS NNL 15 8 36 20 14 1 5 172.7 146 42 55 4.07 1.089
1924 26 DTS NNL 12 5 30 13 7 1 6 126.0 122 33 75 4.50 1.230
1925 27 DTS NNL 11 3 31 12 6 1 6 126.7 110 24 44 3.41 1.058
1926 28 DTS NNL 12 8 36 22 12 1 4 178.0 172 21 48 3.99 1.084
1927 29 DTS NNL 7 3 13 11 6 0 1 80.3 87 3 34 4.93 1.121
1930 32 DTS NNL 15 6 27 20 16 2 2 161.0 161 9 50 4.97 1.056

[B]YR From To W L WL% RPG G GS CG SHO SV IP H R BB SO[/B]
TOTALS 9 1920 1930 91 48 .655 4.24 229 139 87 11 24 1151.3 1083 542 185 388

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EDGAR WESLEY

First Baseman, 1920-1927

-- Detroit Stars --

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--Class of 1930--

Bats - Left

Throws - Left

Born - 5/2/1891

Died - Unknown

Biography:

The Yankees had Gehrig and Ruth. The Detroit Stars had Edgar Wesley and Turkey Stearnes. And while three of those players are well known, maybe Wesley hasn't gotten the credit he deserves. The left-handed hitting first baseman terrorized opposing pitchers for eight seasons in Detroit, leading the Negro National League in homers three times and winning one batting title. Wesley, who had good speed, had his best season with the Stars in 1925, leading the league with a .424 average and 18 home runs in just 205 at bats. He also had 13 doubles, six triples, and nine stolen bases that season. In addition to his hitting prowess, Wesley was also considered an outstanding defensive first baseman, and was admired for his unassuming manner on and off the field. During his career in the Motor City, Wesley clouted 79 home runs in 330 league games to go along with a .338 career batting average. He also hit 57 doubles, pounded out 13 triples, and stole 27 bases. On five occasions, Wesley batted over .300 with Detroit, and was a member of the pre-NNL Stars team of 1919. Like many Negro Leaguers who came and went mysteriously, little is known of Wesley's life after baseball. What is certain is that he was one of the greatest sluggers to ever call Detroit home.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	SB	BA	SLG[/B]
1920 29 DTS NNL 43 158 45 10 1 10 3 .285 .551
1921 30 DTS NNL 33 116 39 7 0 7 3 .336 .578
1922 31 DTS NNL 61 218 75 10 5 12 6 .344 .601
1923 32 DTS NNL 59 217 74 11 0 17 0 .339 .627
1925 34 DTS NNL 56 205 87 13 6 18 9 .424 .810
1926 35 DTS NNL 74 257 77 6 1 15 5 .300 .506
1927 36 DTS NNL 4 13 3 0 0 0 1 .231 .231

[B]YR From To G AB H 2B 3B HR BA SLG SB[/B]
TOTALS 7 1920 1927 330 1185 400 57 13 79 .338 .613 27

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TURKEY STEARNES

Center Fielder, 1923-1931

-- Detroit Stars --

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--Class of 1935--

Bats - Left

Throws - Left

Born - 5/8/1901

Died - 9/4/1979

Biography:

One of the best power hitters in baseball history -- regardless of era or race -- Norman "Turkey" Stearnes' place among the greats also holds the unfortunate distinction of being one of the least well known. All who witnessed him were convinced of his greatness, both with his bat, his legs, his defense and his arm. Despite his talents, Stearnes was a quiet man that didn't play for headlines. He just played. When he heard that Turkey Stearnes' name was up for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown alumnus and former Negro Leaguer Cool Papa Bell said "If they don't put Turkey Stearnes in the Hall of Fame, they shouldn't put anyone in." Bell should know. During 585 league games with Detroit, Stearnes hit 143 homers and led the Negro National League in four-baggers six times, including a run of five home run titles in six seasons (1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, and 1928). He also hit well over .300 routinely, and never once batted under .324 in any of his seasons with the Stars. Even in a season where his batting average bottomed out, Stearnes clouted a NNL-leading 24 home runs in 1928, while socking 18 doubles and seven triples in just 309 at bats. The left-hander purportedly had one of the strangest batting stances and swings in professional baseball. He swung as though his right foot was in a bucket and twisted his right heel with his bit toe pointing up. Clearly there was a method to the madness, as Stearnes finished his Stars career with a .353 average and a .678 slugging percentage. Some might say that if you assembled the three greatest players to ever roam the outfield in Detroit, the question wouldn't be if Stearnes belongs, but who should be out there with him.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	H	2B	3B	HR	SB	BA	SLG[/B]
1923 22 DTS NNL 57 232 82 15 13 17 1 .353 .750
1924 23 DTS NNL 58 231 80 7 11 10 3 .346 .602
1925 24 DTS NNL 84 324 118 20 10 18 11 .364 .654
1926 25 DTS NNL 82 301 113 24 10 20 13 .375 .721
1927 26 DTS NNL 80 292 99 22 12 20 11 .339 .702
1928 27 DTS NNL 81 309 100 18 7 24 5 .324 .660
1929 28 DTS NNL 69 259 98 15 5 19 12 .378 .695
1930 29 DTS NNL 36 127 43 12 10 3 6 .339 .661
1931 30 DTS NNL 34 120 45 9 1 8 5 .375 .667

[B]YR From To G AB H 2B 3B HR BA SLG SB[/B]
TOTALS 9 1923 1931 585 2217 783 143 79 140 .353 .678 67

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HARRY COVELESKI

Pitcher, 1914-1918

"The Giant Killer"

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--Class of 2007--

Veterans Committee

Bats - Both

Throws - Left

Born - 4/23/1886

Died - 8/4/1950

Biography:

Nicknamed "The Giant Killer" because of his three victories over a five-day span against New York during the 1908 pennant chase, Harry Frank Coveleski never had truly consistent success until he came to Detroit in 1914. The southpaw flourished in the Motor City, and his five-year stay with the Tigers included three particularly outstanding seasons, beginning in 1914 when he completed 23 of 36 starts and went 22-12 with a 2.42 ERA. He followed up that campaign with another impressive 22-13 mark, and was a centerpiece a 1915 Tigers team that won 100 games and nearly won the pennant. One of four brothers to play professional baseball, Coveleski's final full season came in 1916 when he won 21 games, recorded a miniscule 1.97 ERA, and tossed a career-high 324 1/3 innings, good for a whopping 940 1/3 IP over the three-season span. Unfortunately, the work load exacted a heavy toll on Coveleski. He developed arm troubles and that limited to only 16 games in 1917. Despite his limited time with Detroit, "The Giant Killer" left an enduring mark on the franchise. To this day, the 2.34 ERA that he recorded as a Tiger remains the best in team history.

Pitching:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	W	L	G	GS	CG	SHO	GF	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	HBP	WP	BFP	ERA	ERA+	WHIP[/B]
1914 28 DET AL 22 12 44 36 23 5 6 2 303.3 251 109 84 4 100 124 12 6 1217 2.49 113 1.157
1915 29 DET AL 22 13 50 38 20 1 9 4 312.7 271 123 85 2 87 150 20 5 1269 2.45 123 1.145
1916 30 DET AL 21 11 44 39 22 3 4 2 324.3 278 105 71 6 63 108 11 5 1248 1.97 145 1.051
1917 31 DET AL 4 6 16 11 2 0 1 0 69.0 70 39 20 0 14 15 2 1 280 2.61 101 1.217
1918 32 DET AL 0 1 3 1 1 0 2 0 14.0 17 9 6 0 6 3 0 0 62 3.86 69 1.643

[B]YR From To W L WL% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+[/B]
TOTALS 5 1914 1918 69 43 .616 2.34 157 125 22 68 9 8 1023.3 887 385 266 12 270 400 123

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BILLY ROGELL

Shortstop, 1930-1939

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--Class of 2007--

Veterans Committee

Bats - Both

Throws - Right

Born - 11/24/1904

Died - 8/9/2003

Biography:

After bouncing in and out of the major leagues early in his career, William George Rogell's strong 1929 season with St. Paul of the American Association had five big league clubs standing at his doorstep. He chose to sign with the Detroit Tigers, and thus began the start of a prominent career that ultimately saw Rogell making a difference in the city well into his 70s. On the diamond, Rogell was known for his defense and his fiery nature, and by 1932 he had become a fixture at shortstop for the Tigers. His defense was valued so much that Rogell played in every game during the 1933 and pennant-winning 1934 seasons. His constant presence on the field was well justified. Rogell led American League shortstops in fielding three consecutive years, and led in double plays twice. Once each, he also led all position players in the league in putouts, assists, and fielding percentage. Upon occasion his bat was explosive as well, never moreso than during the pennant-winning 1934 season. That year, despite suffering from a broken ankle, he batted .296, drove in 100 runs, and scored 114 of his own. Rogell, along with teammates Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, and Marv Owen, formed one of the most potent starting infields in baseball history. Their 462 RBIs in 1934 remains a major league record for an infield in a single season. During the following 1935 World Championship season, Rogell's batting average dipped to .275, but he still managed to drive in 71 runs while crossing the plate 88 times himself. He remained a fixture at short for the Tigers until 1939, when he was traded to the Cubs. When he retired from baseball three years later, the Springfield, IL native returned to Detroit where he served on the Detroit City Council until he was 77. While there, he was the chairman for many key committees, including the one that developed much of the highway system and the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. "There was something about Detroit that I always loved," said Rogell, who remained in the metro Detroit area until his death at age 98. The feeling was mutual. Billy Rogell was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1930 25 DET AL 54 144 20 24 4 2 0 9 1 2 15 23 .167 .250 .222 20 32 5 1
1931 26 DET AL 48 185 21 56 12 3 2 24 8 8 24 17 .303 .383 .432 111 80 2 0
1932 27 DET AL 144 554 88 150 29 6 9 61 14 6 50 38 .271 .332 .394 84 218 8 1
1933 28 DET AL 155 587 67 173 42 11 0 57 6 9 79 33 .295 .381 .404 106 237 6 3
1934 29 DET AL 154 592 114 175 32 8 3 100 13 3 74 36 .296 .374 .392 98 232 13 0
1935 30 DET AL 150 560 88 154 23 11 6 71 3 6 80 29 .275 .367 .388 98 217 7 1
1936 31 DET AL 146 585 85 160 27 5 6 68 14 10 73 41 .274 .357 .368 79 215 6 3
1937 32 DET AL 146 536 85 148 30 7 8 64 5 5 83 48 .276 .376 .403 95 216 10 3
1938 33 DET AL 136 501 76 130 22 8 3 55 9 2 86 37 .259 .373 .353 78 177 5 5
1939 34 DET AL 74 174 24 40 6 3 2 23 3 1 26 14 .230 .330 .333 65 58 6 0

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 10 1930 1939 1207 4418 668 1210 227 64 39 532 590 316 .274 .362 .381 76 52 89

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BOBBY HIGGINSON

Right Fielder/Left Fielder, 1995-2005

"Higgy"

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--Class of 2008--

Bats - Left

Throws - Right

Born - 8/18/1970

Biography:

When people talk about Detroit Tigers baseball from the-mid 1990s through the mid-2000s, Bobby Higginson is usually the first person brought up. "Higgy" was the face of the organization during these leans years, and was one of the few bright spots on what was often a mediocre or poor Tigers team. The Philadelphia native was originally drafted by Detroit in the 12th round of the 1992 amateur draft, and he signed with the Tigers on June 2. His Tigers career started with a Niagara Falls Rapids squad that finished .500 in the New York-Penn League in 1992, and also shared time with a successful Lakeland team in 1993. As misfortune would have it, it would be his final season as a member of a club with a winning record. By 1995, Higginson had quickly become a fixture with the big league club, featuring good power and patience from the left side of the plate. In his best seasons, a .300 batting average complimented the pop that produced 187 career four-baggers and the good eye that frequently put him among the team leaders in walks. Patrolling left- and right-field with almost equal frequency in his career, teams quickly found out that running on Higginson's arm wasn't a good idea. He threw out 13 runners in his rookie season, one of seven occasions in which he reached double-digits assists, including 20 put-outs in 1997. Considered a "gamer" by his fans, Higginson's best season probably came during his sophomore campaign, when he hit 26 home runs, drove in 81 runs, and batted .320. He followed that season with an equally impressive 27 home runs, 101 RBI, and .299 average in 1997. In impressive fashion, Higginson helped the team open their new home, Comerica Park, in 2000. That year he ripped a career-best 30 home runs and 102 RBI in what would also be the final time his batting average eclipsed .300. By 2003, Higginson's best years were behind him. Unfortunately, he never earned an All-Star invite during his big-league career, an honor that he probably deserved. He was named "Tiger of the Year" in 1997 and 2000, becoming one of only eight players to ever achieve that honor twice.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1995 24 DET AL 131 410 61 92 17 5 14 43 6 4 62 107 .224 .329 .393 87 161 2 5
1996 25 DET AL 130 440 75 141 35 0 26 81 6 3 65 66 .320 .404 .577 146 254 3 1
1997 26 DET AL 146 546 94 163 30 5 27 101 12 7 70 85 .299 .379 .520 133 284 0 3
1998 27 DET AL 157 612 92 174 37 4 25 85 3 3 63 101 .284 .355 .480 114 294 0 6
1999 28 DET AL 107 377 51 90 18 0 12 46 4 6 64 66 .239 .351 .382 87 144 0 2
2000 29 DET AL 154 597 104 179 44 4 30 102 15 3 74 99 .300 .377 .538 132 321 2 2
2001 30 DET AL 147 541 84 150 28 6 17 71 20 12 80 65 .277 .367 .445 115 241 1 2
2002 31 DET AL 119 444 50 125 24 3 10 63 12 5 41 45 .282 .345 .417 108 185 1 6
2003 32 DET AL 130 469 61 110 13 4 14 52 8 8 59 73 .235 .320 .369 86 173 1 3
2004 33 DET AL 131 448 63 110 24 2 12 64 5 2 70 84 .246 .353 .388 97 174 2 7
2005 34 DET AL 10 26 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 5 .077 .111 .077 -48 2 0 0

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 11 1995 2005 1362 4910 736 1336 270 33 187 709 649 796 .272 .358 .455 91 53 112

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MIKE HENNEMAN

Pitcher, 1987-1995

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--Class of 2008--

Bats - Right

Throws - Right

Born - 12/11/1961

Biography:

In the wake of Willie Hernandez's dominant seasons in the mid-80s, the Detroit Tigers found themselves desperate for some relief help. They eventually found the answer in rookie hurler Mike Henneman, who was soon thrust into the closer's role. Henneman did the job well, posting seven saves in 1987 en route to locking down the back end of the bullpen for the better part of the next eight years. Henneman ended his Tigers career with 154 saves, surpassing John Hiller as the all-time club record holder. He eclipsed 20 saves five times, and came close to doing so again in 1995 before he was dealt to Houston mid-season. Henneman boasted the American League's best win percentage during his debut 1987 season, posting an 11-3 mark. That impressive campaign earned him The Sporting News Rookie Pitcher of the Year award. He made his one and only All-Star Game appearance in 1989, a season in which he recorded 11-4 mark with eight saves. But perhaps his best year in a Tigers uniform had occurred the year before in his sophomore season. It was in that summer that Henneman, who had terrific sinking action on his fastball, racked up 22 saves while posting a microscopic 1.87 earned run average, a career best. As the last effective 1+ inning closer in franchise history, Henneman's career marked the end of an era. Too see a closer take the mound before the ninth inning in today's game is rare. Almost as rare as a pitcher of Henneman's caliber.

Pitching:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	W	L	G	GS	CG	SHO	GF	SV	IP	H	R	ER	HR	BB	SO	HBP	WP	BFP	ERA	ERA+	WHIP[/B]
1987 25 DET AL 11 3 55 0 0 0 28 7 96.7 86 36 32 8 30 75 3 7 399 2.98 143 1.200
1988 26 DET AL 9 6 65 0 0 0 51 22 91.3 72 23 19 7 24 58 2 8 364 1.87 204 1.051
1989 27 DET AL 11 4 60 0 0 0 35 8 90.0 84 46 37 4 51 69 5 0 401 3.70 103 1.500
1990 28 DET AL 8 6 69 0 0 0 53 22 94.3 90 36 32 4 33 50 3 3 399 3.05 130 1.304
1991 29 DET AL 10 2 60 0 0 0 50 21 84.3 81 29 27 2 34 61 0 5 358 2.88 144 1.364
1992 30 DET AL 2 6 60 0 0 0 53 24 77.3 75 36 34 6 20 58 0 7 321 3.96 100 1.228
1993 31 DET AL 5 3 63 0 0 0 50 24 71.7 69 28 21 4 32 58 2 4 316 2.64 163 1.409
1994 32 DET AL 1 3 30 0 0 0 23 8 34.7 43 27 20 5 17 27 2 5 167 5.19 94 1.731
1995 33 DET AL 0 1 29 0 0 0 26 18 29.3 24 5 5 0 9 24 0 2 118 1.53 314 1.125

[B]YR From To W L WL% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+[/B]
TOTALS 9 1987 1995 57 34 .626 3.05 491 0 369 0 0 154 669.7 624 266 227 40 250 480 134

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TONY PHILLIPS

Left Fielder/Infielder, 1990-1994

"Tony the Tiger"

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--Class of 2008--

Bats - Both

Throws - Right

Born - 4/25/1959

Biography:

If it's a position on the baseball diamond, chances are Tony "The Tiger" Phillips played it sometime during his career. In a span of just five seasons, Phillips became a fan favorite as one of the irreplaceable cogs in the Tigers' powerful offense of the early- to mid-1990s. And while his 61 home runs with Detroit did help to provide some of that offensive firepower, his most potent weapon was his ability to get on base. One of the best leadoff hitters of the early 90s, Phillips batted .281 and had a .395 on-base percentage during his time at Michigan and Trumbull. His incredible knowledge of the strike zone earned him 519 walks in the Old English D, including a league-leading 132 free passes in 1993. He possessed tremendous baserunning abilities as well, stealing double-digit bases every year in Detroit. Needless to say, Phillips scored his share of runs and then some. He led the American League in runs scored in 1992 with 114, and touched the plate 113 times in an equally impressive 1993 campaign. And despite being a leadoff hitter, Phillips still drove in as many as 72 runs in 1991. Last but not least, he had tremendous defensive value as well. During his MLB career, Phillips played every position except pitcher. This versatility was best showcased in 1991 when the Tigers utilized him in at least nine games at six different positions (seven including designated hitter). It was this rare combination of offensive and defensive skillsets that makes Phillips' chapter in Detroit Tigers history a unique one.

Hitting:

[B]Year	Ag	Tm	Lg	G	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB	CS	BB	SO	BA	OBP	SLG	OPS+	TB	SH	HBP[/B]
1990 31 DET AL 152 573 97 144 23 5 8 55 19 9 99 85 .251 .364 .351 101 201 9 4
1991 32 DET AL 146 564 87 160 28 4 17 72 10 5 79 95 .284 .371 .438 123 247 3 3
1992 33 DET AL 159 606 114 167 32 3 10 64 12 10 114 93 .276 .387 .388 118 235 5 1
1993 34 DET AL 151 566 113 177 27 0 7 57 16 11 132 102 .313 .443 .398 130 225 1 4
1994 35 DET AL 114 438 91 123 19 3 19 61 13 5 95 105 .281 .409 .468 126 205 0 2

[B]YR From To G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG SB CS OPS+[/B]
TOTALS 5 1990 1994 722 2747 502 771 129 15 61 309 519 480 .281 .395 .405 70 40 120

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