Tag Archives: 2nd basemen

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 58 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 57 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history. With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman.

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award. In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs. Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive. A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI. In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense. For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage. Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Lou Whitaker 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lou Whitaker 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Issued twenty years after the 1985 baseball season, this card of Lou Whitaker issued in 2005 by Topps takes us right back to ’85.

And Whitaker had a fantastic season in 1985!!!

Coming off of a World Series championship run with the Tigers in 1984, Lou was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner, and Silver Slugger winner in 1985.

His numbers – .279 batting average with 170 hits, 29 doubles, 8 triples, 21 home runs, 73 RBI, 102 runs scored, and a very solid on-base percentage of .382!!

And the crowd chants, ‘LOU’!!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 55 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history.  With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman. 

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award.  In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs.  Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive.  A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI.  In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense.  For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage.  Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

Lou Whitaker 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Lou Whitaker 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I just don’t know why Topps puts us through this…

During his 19-season career in the big leagues, Whitaker played in 2,308 regular season games.  In those contests, he handled 11,613 hit balls.

So, why on earth would Topps subject us to a posed photo of Whitaker fielding a grounder???

I just don’t get it…

UP FOR GRABS!!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

UP FOR GRABS!!!!!! – Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives

Here is another card from the 2001 Topps Archives set that I recently picked up.  And now that I have seen a few, I have come to this conclusion – If you are a player that was featured on a multi-player rookie card, and you were special enough to be honored by Topps, your Archives card is simply a ‘blown-up’ version of your rookie card.

For proof, see Denny Martinez and Carlton Fisk.

And now you can add Lou Whitaker to that fine list.

Oh, and if you want this card of ‘Sweet Lou’ just let me know.  The first person that asks for it, gets it!!!

Enjoy.

Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives – I Love Cards That Capture Players Signing Autographs

Lou Whitaker 2001 Topps Archives – I Love Cards That Capture Players Signing Autographs

I swear, one of these days I am going to pull all of the cards that I own that show players signing autographs and build a set out of them.

For some reason I find these cards fantastic – and this one of ‘Sweet’ Lou Whitaker fits the bill too…

Here is the card:

Very cool, very cool indeed!!

Issued as part of the 2001 Topps Archives set, this card is a re-print of Whitaker’s 1995 Topps card.  And it is just proof that cards featuring player’s signing autographs are very, very cool!!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Happy Birthday Lou Whitaker!!!

Lou Whitaker turns 54 years old today.

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history.  With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman. 

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award.  In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs.  Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive.  A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI.  In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense.  For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage.  Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Happy Birthday to ‘Sweet Lou’!!

What Ever Happened To Lou Whitaker???

‘Sweet Lou’ Whitaker is best known as part of one of the most successful double play combinations in baseball’s history.  With the Detroit Tigers, and alongside Alan Trammel, Whitaker excelled as a second baseman. 

In his rookie year of 1978, Whitaker walked away with the Rookie of the Year award.  In that 1978 season, “Sweet Lou’ managed to hit .285 while connecting for 138 hits and driving in 58 runs.  Although Whitaker’s offensive stats cannot compare to the power numbers put up by today’s 2nd basemen, Whitaker’s career totals are very impressive.  A career .276 hitter, Lou managed to belt out 244 home runs and drive in 1084 RBI.  In addition to this, Whitaker has also accumulated 143 stolen bases.

A 5-time All-star, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Whitaker really cemented his greatness on defense.  For 19 season, he patrolled 2nd base for the Tigers and ended his career with a .984 fielding percentage.  Lou has also been part of 1,527 double plays.

Today, Whiatker offers help to the Detroit Tigers during their Spring Training.  He seems to be the perfect fit for a defensive infield coach as there is not much that got by this very talented player. 

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