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1934-1935 Detroit Tigers 1934-1935 Detroit Tigers

The Detroit Tigers won the 1934 World Series defeating the Chicago Cubs 4 games to 2. It was the first World Series Crown for Detroit. The American League was formed in 1901. The Tigers won a team best 101 and lost only 53 in the then 154 game schedule

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1935  World Champions Detroit Tigers

1934 American League Pennant Winners lost to St. L Cardinals in 7 games

The Detroit infield of the 1934–1935 seasons was one of the best-hitting combinations in MLB history.  
Mickey Cochrane was the catcher and manager, Hank Greenberg played first base and led the majors in 1935 with 170 RBI and was the MVP,  Charlie Greenberg played second, Billy Rogell played shortstop and sure-handed Marv Owen played third. Infielder Flea Clifton got aboard the 1934 Champions and played in 16 games. Catcher Ray Hayworth had an excellent year in 1934 as a starter and Cochrane's backup, hitting .293 in 54 games and was called An excellent defensive catcher.

In 1934 Shortstop Billy Rogell batted .296 and collected 100 RBI while playing all 154 regularly scheduled games.In 1935 he hit .276 and scored 88 runs in 1935 while drawing 80 walks. Rogell also led AL shortstops with 104 double plays and a .971 fielding


Goose Goslin was in leftfield, JoJo White played center and Pete Fox rightfield. Gee Walker also played in outfied in center, left or right.

Goslin was the hero of the 1935 World Series, as he drove in the winning run in Games 6. With the game tied 3-3, Goslin came to bat in the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs and Mickey Cochrane on 2nd base. Goslin hit a walk-off single to right, scoring Cochrane, as the Tigers won the Series.

Pitchers: 1934

Schoolboy Rowe posted a 24-8 record in 45 Games and Tommy Bridges a 22-11 mark in 36 G . Pitcher Firpo Mayberry went 15-5 in 38 G and Elden Acker a 15-7 record 43 G. 

 Carl Fischer 6-4  in 20 G ... Luke Hamlin 2-3 in 20 G ... Vic Sorrell 6-9 in 28 G ... Chief Hogsett 3-2 in 28 G ... Alvin Crowder 5-1 in 9 G ... Vic Frasier 1-3 in 8 G ... Red Phillips 2-0 in 7 G ... Steve Larkin 0-0 in 2 G

 Heinie Schuble batted .267 with 2 RBI in 11 games while Icehouse Wilson played 1 game in 1934 an rookie Rudy York 3 games, hitting .167.

1935 Players

Pitchers Clyde Hatter, Joe Sullivan and Roxie Lawson

Position Players Hub Walker, Hugh Shelley, and Chet Morgan


After playing only 19 games to begin the 1941 season Hank Greenberg was drafted into the Armed Forces. He spent most of the war on active duty in China and India, unlike most sport heroes who spent their service years on military ball teams in the states. He had barely swung a bat for more than four years when he returned to the Tigers in 1945. More than 50,000 fans jammed Tiger Stadium to welcome back their hero on July 1, 1945 - and Greenberg obligingly hit a game-winning homer. On the final day of '45, Greenberg smashed a ninth-inning, pennant-clinching, grand-slam homer giving the Tigers a 6-3 win. He also homered and drove in seven runs to win Game 2 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs - in leading the Tigers to their World Series Crown. In 1946, Greenberg led the American League with 44 home runs and 127 RBIs.


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