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Did You Know….

Alan Trammell was named the 1984 World Series MVP after hitting .450 in the 5-game match-up against the San Diego Padres.  In the series, Trammell went 9-for-20 with six singles, a double, and 2 home runs while scoring 5 times and driving in 6.

The Tigers won the series 4 games to 1.

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1977 HEADLINE: Alan Trammell And Lou Whitaker Set To Debut For The Tigers

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!!!

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 Alan Trammell!!!

Happy Birthday Alan Trammell!!!

Alan Trammell turns 55 years old today.

A very accomplished and undervalued player during his career and afterwards, there is not much that Alan Trammell did not accomplish during his playing days as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

A solid defender, Trammell was part of one of the most successful and longest running double-play tandems with Lou Whitaker.  He won 4 Gold Glove awards due to his performance at shortstop.

And way before shortstop became an offensive player’s position, Trammell put up some nice numbers.  His career batting average of .285 is coupled with 2,365 hits, 1,231 runs scored, 185 homers, and 236 stolen bases.

Trammell is a 6-time All-star, 3-time Silver Slugger winner, and was the MVP of the 1984 World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Trammell!!!

1977 HEADLINE: Alan Trammell And Lou Whitaker Set To Debut For The Tigers

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!!!

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

Now that my Alan Trammell player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1986 Fleer

TRAMMELL FAB 1

I don’t blame you if you stare at this one for a while.  This card is AWESOME!!

Everything that I love about baseball is captured in this card of Alan Trammell from the 1986 Fleer baseball card set.

And I can sum it all up in one word – HUSTLE!!!

Not blessed with blazing speed, Alan Trammell was a tireless worker.  And his efforts netted him a solid major league career that many say is Hall of Fame worthy (myself included).

The grit, the drive, the determination, and the sacrifice – all captured perfectly!

Thank you Fleer.  And Thank You, Mr.Trammell!!!

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1980 Topps

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1980 Topps

Now that my Alan Trammell player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1980 Topps

TRAMMELL FAB 2

You all know just how much I love baseball cards that show hitters perfecting their craft in the batting cage.

Well, there is a decent amount of cards of Alan Trammell in my recently completed set that show ‘Tram’ going to work in the cage; 4-5 cards to be a little more specific.

Of them, this one from the 1980 Topps set is by far my favorite.  I like that a player of his caliber knows that he still has to work on bunting – a mechanism designed to sacrifice oneself in favor of helping the team get into better scoring position.

Atta Boy Tram!!!