1977 HEADLINE: Alan Trammell And Lou Whitaker Set To Debut For The Tigers
On this day in 1977, both Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell made their debuts for the Detroit Tigers.
Nearing the end of the 1977 baseball season, and well out of contention for a playoff chance, the Tigers brought up these two rookies to see what they could do at the big league level.
And how did they fare??
Well, let’s just say that for the next 19 baseball seasons, the Detroit Tigers management and front office did not have to worry about their middle infield. Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell transformed how double-play tandems were viewed due to their ability to play as a cohesive unit.
And the results of their work together?
Whitaker was the Rookie of the Year in 1978. He also made the All-star team 5 times while winning 3 Gold Gloves. Trammell was a 6-time All-star and earned 4 Gold Glove awards. And most importantly, this duo helped lead the Tigers to the World Series championship in 1984.
Happy Anniversary to Mr. Whitaker & Mr. Trammell!!!