November 10, 1998
Harold “Prince Hal” Newhouser
Detroit Tigers Player (1939 - 1953)
Hal Newhouser was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended Wilbur Wright High School signing with the Detroit Tigers at eighteen years of age. He made his Tigers debut late in the 1939 season and started on a career that would span seventeen seasons between the Tigers and the Cleveland Indians. Newhouser was considered the most dominant pitcher of the World War II era and helped pitch the Tigers to the 1945 World Series Championship by winning the pitching triple crown. At the end of his career he also helped the Cleveland Indians reach the 1954 World Series. In his seventeen season his record was 207 – 150 with a 3.06 ERA and 1796 strikeouts. He was a seven-time All-Star and a two-time A.L. MVP. His number “16” was retired by the Detroit Tigers in 1997. Hal Newhouser was inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1962. He passed away on November 10, 1998 at 77 years of age.