Lou Whitaker

* Louis Rodman Whitaker, Jr. (born May 12, 1957 in New York City, New York) nicknamed Sweet Lou, is a former Major League Baseball player. Whitaker was a second baseman for the Detroit Tigers from 1977 to 1995. Along with teammate Alan Trammell, Whitaker is perhaps best known as half of the longest running "double play" combination in major league history.

Whitaker's Team Records

Whitaker ranks among the Tigers' all time leaders in many categories, including the following:

  • 1,099 strikeouts #1 in franchise history.
  • 1,527 double plays #1 in franchise history.
  • 1,197 bases on balls #2 in franchise history.
  • 6,653 assists #2 in franchise history.
  • 2,390 games played #3 in franchise history.
  • 143 times grounded into a double play #3 in franchise history.
  • 11,613 total chances #4 in franchise history
  • 1,386 runs scored #4 in franchise history
  • 75 time caught stealing #4 in franchise history.
  • 412 doubles #5 in franchise history.
  • 3,651 total bases #5 in franchise history.
  • 2,369 hits #6 in franchise history.
  • 244 home runs #6 in franchise history.
  • 729 extra base hits #6 in franchise history.
  • 1,084 RBIs #8 in franchise history.
  • 189 errors #10 in franchise history
  • 143 stolen bases #10 in franchise history.

1985 All Star Game

In the 1985 All Star game, Lou forgot to pack his uniform. Making this discovery just before the game, he had to make do with whatever replica merchandise was available for purchase at the park. He obtained an adjustable mesh hat and a blank jersey. He finished off his outfit by scrawling his number on the back in magic marker. The AL lost the game, 6-1. The Smithsonian requested the jersey and it was given to them by Mr. Whitaker and it remains a part of their collection to this day.

 

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