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Detroit Tigers who won the batting title

About one in every four American League batting titles have been won by a Detroit Tiger (that's 28 in 115 seasons through 2015). Twelve of them were won by one man, of course, but still, if Cobb was removed from the list, the Tigers would still rank in the top five. In all, 28 titles have been won by 11 different Detroit batters. Seven of the batters were right-handed (winning 13 titles) and four were lefties (reponsible for 15).

Ty Cobb
1907-1915, 1917-1919

The Georgia Peach won 12 batting titles in a 13-year stretch. There are many sources that insist on giving the 1910 AL batting title to Nap Lajoie, even though the league office awarded it to Cobb at the time because of foul play that gave Lajoie several suspicious hits on the final day of the season. Later research showed Cobb to have been credited with an extra hit, but regardless, Cobb was officially recognized as the batting champ and no ruling has ever changed that.
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Harry Heilmann
1921, 1923, 1925, 1927

Four titles in odd-numbered years for "Slug" Heilmann, who hit .403 in 1923 and flirted with .400 each time he captured the title. Heilmann is one of five right-handed batters to win at least four titles, joining Lajoie, Rogers Hornsby, Roberto Clemente, and Miguel Cabrera. He wasn't friendly with Cobb, who was his manager for six seasons, but he did take some batting advice from Ty, which helped him mature as a big league hitter.
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Heinie Manush
1926

Manush got red-hot at the end of the season to pass Babe Ruth to win the batting championship, giving the Tigers four of the last six titles, and 16 of 20 going back to 1907.
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Dale Alexander
1932

Alexander was a tall first baseman njicknamed "Moose." He was hitting only .250 when the Tigers traded him to the Boston Red Sox on June 12, 1932, for Earl Webb. The right-handed hitting Alexander thrived in Boston, going on to win the batting title with a .367 mark.
Dale Alexander's page

Charlie Gehringer
1937

At 34 years old, the oldest Tiger to win a batting title. Gehringer batted a phenomenal .484 in August of '37 to secure the title. That month he banged out 59 hits, including 11 doubles and seven home runs. His steallt season earned Charlie the AL Most Valuable Player Award.
Gehringer's page

George Kell
1949

Kell was trailing Ted Williams by 12 points on Sep. 1, and when he suffered an injury on Sep. 13 he was still eight points back. Kell didn't so much get hot, as Williams cooled off. Entering the final game of the season, Williams led by three points, but after Kell collected two singles and Williams went 0-for-2, the Tiger led by a slim margin. He was on deck when a teammate made the final out of the game and won by .0002 points.
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Al Kaline
1955

Kaline was one day younger than Ty Cobb was when he won the 1907 batting title, making him the youngest man to win the crown. In just his second full season, Kaline seemed certain to win more titles, but he never did. He did finish second three times and third twice.
Kaline's page

Harvey Kuenn
1959

The little outfielder hit .353 with a league-best 198 hits and 42 doubles. Kuenn was a perennial .300 hitter, topping that mark in 7 of his 8 seasons in the Old English D. He was traded famously prior to the 1960 season straight-up for home run champion Rocky Colavito.
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Norm Cash
1961

Cash had a monster year, hitting .361 with 41 homers and 132 RBI. It was a really fluky year, though, as Cash never hit higher than .286 in any other season. His drop of 118 points in the year after his title (to .243 in '62) is the biggest in history. He admitted later that he had used corked bats in 1961, but how much that helped him is unclear.
Norm Cash's page

Magglio Ordonez
2007

After 46 years, the Tigers finally had another batting champion. The 33-year old right fielder had a truly remarkable season, hitting .421 in June, .393 in August, and .393 again in September. He also led the American League with 54 doubles. Ordonez is one of a handful of players to play at least 800 games with more than one franchise and hit at least .300 for both (White Sox and Tigers).
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Miguel Cabrera
2011-2013, 2015

Over the three year stretch from 2011-13, Cabrera averaged .340 with 198 hits, 38 doubles, 39 homers, 127 RBI, and a .609 slugging percentage. In 2012, he became the first triple crown winner in baseball in 45 years, joining Ty Cobb as the only Tiger to achieve that feat. He and Hornsby are the only right-handed batters to win at least three straight batting crowns, and only Cabrera, Heilmann, Hornsby, Lajoie, and Clemente have won at least four titles among right-handed batters.
Cabrera's page