“Only two Tigers have been named MVP in seasons in which Detroit did not reach the World Series: Hall of Fame second baseman Charlie Gehringer in 1937 and pitcher Hal Newhouser in 1944.”
The only other Tiger to accumulate 35 homers, 45 doubles and 120 RBIs in one season was Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg. He accomplished that in 1935, 1937 and 1940.
“Hammerin’ Hank” was the unanimous league MVP in 1935, with 170 RBIs and won it again in 1940, when he batted .340 with 41 homers and 150 RBIs.
Greenberg is the last Detroit position player to win the MVP vote, but Tigers pitchers Newhouser (1944-45), Denny McLain (1968) and Guillermo “Willie” Hernandez (1984) have won it since.
– Steve Kornacki, mlive.com