Where have the Detroit Tigers come from? Birthplaces of every ballplayer

Most Tiger fans can tell you that Ty Cobb was born in Georgia (he was a “Peach” after all). Or that Mark Fidrych was a easterner from Massachusetts. Or they could probably tell you that Kirk Gibson and Charlie Maxwell are both from Michigan (Pontiac and Paw Paw). But do you know where Willie Horton was born? Nope, not Detroit.

There have been more than 1,500 players to wear the Tiger uniform, and we’ve added them all to this comprehensive map.

Map of the birthplaces of the Detroit Tigers

The map above shows the birthplaces of every man who ever played for the Detroit Tigers (through 2015).

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Click on the pins to see the name and hometown for each player.

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Interesting Facts About Tigers Birthplaces

California and Michigan are top two states
178 players were born in California (notably Hank Aguirre, Ray Boone, Darrell Evans, Cecil and Prince Fielder, Dan Petry, Alan Trammell, and Hall of Famer Harry Heilmann).

Meanwhile, 101 future Tigers were born in Michigan, representing 53 towns, ranging from Adrian (Mike Marshall and three others) to Ypsilanti (Frank Owen and Arch McCarthy).

34 players have been born in Detroit, the most famous being Hall of Fame pitcher Hal Newhouser and Bill Freehan. There were also Ron LeFlore and Frank Tanana.

Probably the most popular Tiger who hailed from Michigan was Charlie Gehringer (from Fowlerville).

Tigers from the Big Apple
A pretty good all-star team could be built from the Tigers born in New York City and its boroughs. Lou Whitaker, Waite Hoyt, and Eddie Yost were from Brooklyn. While Hank Greenberg, Rocky Colavito, and Damion Easley were from New York City.

In the United States and foreigners
1,403 of the Tigers were born in the United States (88.9%)

175 were born outside the U.S. (11.1%), originating in 21 countries.

Particularly important right now, 34 Tigers were born in Venezuela (including current stars Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Anibal Sanchez).

60 came from the tiny Dominican Republic (Placido Polanco, Fernando Rodney, and Jose Lima), and one player was born in Taiwan (Fu-Te Ni).

while only seven future Tigers were born in Mexico, they have included three fine relievers: Aurelio Lopez, Joakim Soria, and Sid Monge, and one of the best Detroit third basemen: Aurelio Rodriguez.

John Hiller is the best of the 14 players born in Canada.

Cuba has done a fine job producing middle infielders: Tony Taylor, Tito Fuentes, Chico Fernandez, and current Tiger shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Unknown place of origin
In 1890, little Edward Anshmedt was born somewhere in Russia. When he was still a young boy he was taken to the United States by his parents where he grew up in Massachusetts. Later he changed his name to Edward Ainsmith and eventually played for the Detroit Tigers from 1919-1921, as a teammate of Ty Cobb. Even Eddie was unsure exactly where he was born in Russia, but he never looked back, spending more than four decades in baseball as a player, coach, umpire, and ambassador of the game in the Far East.



About Dan Holmes

The editor of Detroit Athletic Co. blog, is the author of Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY, and worked for Major League Baseball as a web producer. He contributed to Sock it to 'Em Tigers: The Incredible Story of the 1968 Detroit Tigers, and Deadball Stars of the American League. Follow him on Twitter at @thedanholmes or visit his personal blog at danholmes.com.