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Subject Detroits 10 Greatest Athletes In Their Sports History
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Original Message Who's Detroit's No. 1 athlete?

One of only a handful of cities that feature a team in the four major sports, Detroit has one of the most storied histories in professional sports. All four teams -- the Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers -- have sent players to their respective sport's Hall of Fame and have won a combined 18 championships.

Trying to determine the top 10 pro athletes in Detroit history is a tough task. To make it on this list, not only do you have to have great career numbers but also hardware and fan support to go along with them.

Also, keep in mind, one notable name missing from this list is legendary boxer Joe Louis. The Brown Bomber was heavyweight champion of the world for almost 12 years and a monument of his fist is on display in Downtown Detroit. Louis is maybe the greatest athlete in the city's history, however, this list was restricted to team sports.

Featuring a player who competed more than a century ago and a current standout pitcher, here are the 10 greatest pro athletes in Detroit sports history (in alphabetical order):

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Ty Cobb
Hank Greenberg
Gordie Howe
Al Kaline
Nicklas Lidstrom
Barry Sanders
Terry Sawchuk
Isiah Thomas
Justin Verlander
Steve Yzerman

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