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  • Hoot Evers

    Rookie centre fielder Hoot Evers was the Tigers regular third place hitter. Prior to 1946 his Major League career consisted of 1 game 5 years earlier before spending 3 years in military service.
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    • Hank Greenberg

      Famed for his work ethic for practice rather than as a natural athlete. Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg was the Tigers usual clean-up hitter in 1946. League leader with 44 home runs and 127 runs batted in. Finished second with 316 total bases and slugging with .604. However, his .277 batting average meant that he became the first player to hit under .300 while slugging more than 40 home runs. This turned out to be Greenberg's final year with the Tigers as they were unwilling to meet his increased salary request. Accordingly he was placed on waivers, unbeknown to Greenberg who was not informed. Not claimed by any AL team the Pirates paid the Tigers for his rights but at first he refused to report preferring to retire.
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      • Dick Wakefield

        The Tigers regular fifth place hitter was left fielder, 25 year old Dick Wakefield. Did not maintain the standards he was setting before his call to the military.
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        • Roy Cullenbine

          30 year old switch hitting right fielder Roy Cullenbine was the Tigers regular sixth place hitter in 1946. He hit a career best .335 in 113 games for the Tigers. His startling figures did not end there as a .477 on base average, .537 slugging average and an OPS of 1.014 testify. His reduced action meant that he did not officially qualify for end of season ranking. His 88 bases on balls were fourth best in the League. Using WAR as your tool of assessment was the fourth most productive player on the team behind Newhouser, Trout and Greenberg.
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          • Jimmy Bloodworth

            28 year old second baseman Jimmy Bloodworth was the Tigers usual 7th place hitter in 1946. Shared second base duties with Eddie Mayo and Skeeter Webb only appearing in 76 games.
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            • Birdie Tebbetts

              33 year old catcher Birdie Tebbetts was the Tigers 8th place hitter. League's top rated catcher for range in 1946. Returned to the starting lineup after 3 years of military service.
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              • Hal Newhouser

                Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser shared the lead in the American League League with 26 wins in 1946. Also League leader in ERA with 1.94, finished 2nd in MVP voting, just missing a third consecutive award, and was named to the All-Star team. As it is he remains the only pitcher to win 2 consecutive MVP awards. Second in strikeouts with 275 and led League in WHIP with his 1.069 mark. Second in win percentage at .743 (26-9) and 29 complete games and joint second with 6 shutouts. Gave up the fewest hits per innings, the lowest batting average against (.201) and lowest on-base percentage (.269) whilst his 292.2 innings pitched was second most. Renowned for his slider he was kept out of the military because of a heart condition. A hometown Detroit boy was known for his professional approach.
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                • Dizzy Trout

                  Second pitcher in a largely 4 man rotation was 31 year old, right hander, Dizzy Trout. Combined with Newhouser to be part of the American League's most noted lefty-righty duo in the War years. Posted a 2.34 ERA in 1946 completing 23 games including 5 shutouts. Total of 276.1 innings pitched was 4th highest in the League. Total of 151 strikeouts was 5th highest in the League giving the Tigers 3 of the top 5 in that category along with Newhouser and Trucks. Led pitchers in assists with 64. Behind Ted Williams the next 4 players in total player effectiveness ranking in the League were all pitchers, Trout finished 4th also behind Newhouser and Feller.
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                  • Virgil Trucks

                    29 year old Virgil Trucks was the third pitcher in the Tigers 1946 rotation. Fast ball pitcher nicknamed Fire after a blazing fast ball. Did, however, give up a league high in Home Runs conceding 23. Third in the League in terms of strikeouts per game and fourth in total strikeouts.
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                    • Fred Hutchinson

                      26 year old right handed pitcher Fred Hutchinson was the fourth pitcher used by the Tigers in their 1946 rotation. Returned from coastguard service commencing in 1942 through 1945. His 6 strikeouts per game ranked 4th in the American League, establishing that all 4 of the Detroit rotation finished in the top 5 at least 1 strikeout measuring category.
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                      • Jimmy Outlaw

                        Normally an outfielder Jimmy Outlaw also saw time at third-base in 1946 in his role as the team's main backup hitter.
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                        • Pat Mullin

                          Fourth outfielder left hander Pat Mullin appeared in 93 games most in his career to date.
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                          • Al Benton

                            Fifth starting pitcher in a 4 man man rotation was 35 year old Al Benton.
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                            • Left handed pitcher Stubby Overmire was the sixth pitcher to make a significant number of starts for the 1946 Tigers.

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                              • George Caster

                                The pitcher most often used to close out a game was 38 year old George Caster. Perhaps fitting as it also marked the closing out of his Major League career. Colorization provided by Sal1199.
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