Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players, coaches and executives. As such it is huge news that the Detroit Tigers will be retiring the number 1 of former Second Baseman, Lou Whitaker.
Playing at Second Base, Whitaker played his entire career with the Tigers. The five-time All-Star won the 1978 Rookie of the Year Award, where he also won three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He was an integral part of Detroit’s last World Series Championship in 1984. He would overall accumulate 2,369 Hits with 244 Home Runs and 1,084 Runs Batted In.
The official retirement will take place on August 29, during Detroit’s home game against the Boston Red Sox.
Whitaker becomes the 10thplayer to have his number retired. He joins Charlie Gehringer (#2), Alan Trammell (#3), Hank Greenberg (#5), Al Kaline (#6), Sparky Anderson (#11), Hal Newhouser (#16), Willie Horton (#23), Jackie Robinson (#42) and Jack Morris (#47).
Along with Anderson, Trammell & Morris, he is the fourth member of the 1984 World Series winning team to have his number retired.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Lou Whitaker for earning this prestigious honor, and thank the Detroit Tigers for honoring their former star.