Louis Rodman Whitaker Jr., a.k.a. Sweet Lou, was a mainstay at second base for the Detroit Tigers for 18-plus seasons.
He and his keystone counterpart, shortstop Alan Trammell, hold the record as the longest running double-play combination in major-league history.
Whitaker won Rookie of the Year in 1978, three Gold Gloves and four Silver Sluggers. He was also a four-time All-Star.
His sure glove and timely hitting helped the Tigers win their last World Series, in 1984, making him a beloved figure in Detroit sports lore.
Even though he was dropped from the Hall of Fame ballot in his first year because he received just 2.9 percent of the vote, there are some pundits who believe Whitaker should be in the Hall.
His career numbers are comparable to those of Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, who retired just as Whitaker was reaching his prime. There are others who argue that once Morgan was done, Whitaker was the best at his position for most of the next decade.
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