Lou Whitaker is a former American professional baseball player who hails from Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Martinsville High School in Virginia. He batted with his left and threw with his right. Whitaker, who goes by the nickname of “Sweet Lou,” played ass second baseman for the Detroit Tigers throughout his entire nineteen season career from 1977 up to 1995. He is also best known for being half of the longest running double play combination in the major league along with teammate Alan Trammell.
Whitaker started his career in the pro baseball after he was drafted as a fifth round pick in the 1975 amateur draft by the Detroit Tigers of the Major League Baseball. Before making his debit in the major league, Whitaker spent some time in the minors playing for the Double-A Montgomery Rebels along with shortstop Alan Trammell. And at the end of the 1977 minor seasons Whitaker was called up by Detroit and made his debut on September 9 of that year.
The following year, Whitaker won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, having a.285 hit with seventy one runs, and a base percentage of .361. In 1983, Whitaker enjoyed what was perhaps his best season when he recorded .320 hit, with twelve home runs. He had his final game with Detroit on October 1, 1995
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