Cooperstown Chronicles – Lou Whitaker

Jan 26, 2008

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Sweet Lou was one of the best second basemen of all-time.  He was probably the best one not named Ryne Sandberg while I was growing up.  He was equally talented with his stick as he was with his glove.  To me, he had what it takes to be a Hall of Famer.

The Numbers
.276 Batting Average
1386 Runs (84th All-time)
2369 Hits (112nd All-time)
420 Doubles (121st All-time)
65 Triples 
244 Home Runs
1084 RBI (193rd All-time)
143 Stolen Bases
2390 Games (76th All-time)
8570 At Bats (88th All-time)

1984 World Series – 18 At Bats, 5 Hits, .278 BA, 6 Runs, 2 Doubles, 4 Walks

The Awards
1978 Rookie of the Year
5 All-Star Games
3 Gold Gloves
4 Silver Sluggers
MVP votes in 1 season

Top Ten Finishes

Batting Average - Once
On-base % – Three times
Games - Twice (Led league in ’81)
At Bats – Once
Runs – Twice
Hits - Once
Doubles - Twice
Triples - Three times
Home Runs – Once
Walks – Twice
Total Bases – Once

Lou Whitaker was an force on offense at second base long before Alfonso Soriano and Jeff Kent.  He was also great with his glove.  He formed one of the best double-play combos in baseball history with Alan Trammell.  He was a World Series winner as well.  If I had a say, I’d put Sweet Lou into the HOF.

References
Baseball-reference.com

Past Chronicles
Bert Byleven
Andre Dawson
Dale Murphy
Mark McGwire
Bobby Matthews
Tommy John
Buck O’Neill & Minnie Minoso
Jim Rice
Ted Simmons
Lee Smith
Jack Morris
Al Oliver
Steve Garvey
Jim Kaat
Pete Ro$e
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Dave Concepcion

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. BraystreetLad
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:08 pm #

    Sweet Lou and Tram should be a Cooperstown entry,given that they both
    debuted with the Tigers Sept.9,1977.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2008 at 12:10 pm #

    Agree. Thanks for the info.

  3. Cooperstown Chronicles - Waite Hoyt | 1800blogger
    May 20th, 2009 at 2:24 pm #

    [...] Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee [...]

  4. Cooperstown Chronicles - Kiki Cuyler | Fantasy Sports Blog
    May 28th, 2009 at 7:56 am #

    [...] Haltren Arky Vaughan* Mo Vaughn Bobby Veach Mickey Vernon Frank Viola Bucky Walters Mickey Welch* Lou Whitaker Deacon White Bernie Williams Vic Willis* Maury Wills  Hack Wilson* Ross Youngs* Veterans Committee [...]

  5. erik
    August 14th, 2009 at 11:36 pm #

    no one from the 1984 tigers is in the Hall of Fame

  6. TexasRangerFan
    August 27th, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    Great player.. Should be in the HOF…….

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