Comparing Derek Jeter to the Greatest Detroit Tigers Hitters of All-Time

Blake VandeBunteContributor ISeptember 11, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees waves to the crowd at the end of the game against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 9, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Jeter got his 2,721st base hit, tying Lou Gehrig's all-time club record. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Big news this week as Spot Starters favorite, Derek Jeter, tied Lou Gehrig for the most hits ever in a Yankees uniform with 2,721 hits. 

That’s an impressive total and Jeter and Gehrig each had phenomenal careers.  Gehrig is in the Hall of Fame and Jeter is as close to a Hall of Fame lock as you can find.  However, did you know that three Tigers had more hits wearing the Old English D as Jeter and Gehrig have had in Pinstripes.

Here’s the rundown on the Tigers all-time hits leaders.  Just for fun.

  1. Ty Cobb: 3,900
  2. Al Kaline: 3,007
  3. Charlie Gehringer: 2,839
  4. Harry Heilmann: 2,499
  5. Sam Crawford: 2,466
  6. Lou Whitaker: 2,369
  7. Alan Trammell: 2,365
  8. Bobby Veach: 1,859
  9. Norm Cash: 1,793
  10. Donie Bush: 1,745

The current Tiger with the most hits as a Tiger is Brandon Inge who ranks 33rd with 882.  There are also 28 Tigers have had least 1,000 hits with the club.


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