The only future Hall of Fame member who played regularly for the 1968 Tigers was Al Kaline . (Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews played in 31 games for the 1968 Tigers.) However, Kaline broke his arm after being hit by a pitch in May and missed part of the season. He played 70 games at his usual spot in right field and another 22 games at first base. His .287 batting average would have placed him 4th in the league, but he did not have enough at bats to qualify. Kaline excelled in his only World Series appearance by batting .379 with 2 home runs and 8 RBIs.
Briggs, the team's sole owner since 1935, died early in 1952. The club employed eight full-time managers during the 1945–60 period, and the Tiger front office was run by eight different general managers between the 1945 pennant and 1960: Jack Zeller (1945), George Trautman (1946), Billy Evans (1947–51), Charlie Gehringer (1952–53), Muddy Ruel (1954–56), Spike Briggs (1956–57), John McHale (1957–58) and Rick Ferrell (1959–62). In addition, veteran MLB executive Bill DeWitt was club president in 1959–60 and played a dominant role in the team's baseball operations during his brief stay. Spike Briggs' mid-1950s tenure was especially tumultuous. He had inherited the Tigers from his father in 1952, coinciding with the decline in the Tigers' fortunes. In June 1956, while he was in the process of selling the team (purchased that year by a group led by broadcasters John Fetzer and Fred Knorr ), he made headlines with scathing public criticism of manager Harris, his coaching staff and his players. Briggs, who had signed a contract to continue with the Tigers as general manager after the sale, was relieved of those duties in April 1957. The club's fortunes began to consistently improve when Fetzer became majority owner in December 1960 upon Knorr's death, and with the ascension of Jim Campbell to general manager in September 1962. Campbell would remain in that post for 21 seasons, serve as club president from 1978–90, and play critical roles in the Tigers' 1968 and 1984 world championships.