How in the world did Lou Whitaker turn 50 — forget about 51, which he is today? Lest we’ve forgotten, let’s take a quick stroll down memory lane on his 19-year career with the Tigers:
- 2,390 games
- .276 average
- 2,369 hits
- 244 home runs
If you’re keeping score at home, Whitaker averaged a hit a game over his career. (Actually he averaged .991 hits a game, but when it’s your birthday, you benefit from rounding up.)
And how is he not in the Hall of Fame? Jeez!
- 1978 Rookie of the Year
- Five-time All Star
- Four-time Silver Slugger
- World Series Champion
Here’s hoping that Sweet Lou enjoyed his birthday at home in Lakeland, Fla., or a local theme park.