Grand Cards: The Start of an Era

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Start of an Era

What were you doing 33 years ago today?

If you were a Tigers fan you were probably listening to Ernie Harwell describe the simultaneous debuts of a young Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell in Fenway Park. Or you were one day away from reading about it in the newspaper. It was, unbeknownst to us at the time, the start of an era that included a World Series victory (1984) and the most prolific double-play partnership of all time.

I won't go into how Tram has been under-appreciated by Hall of Fame voters. I certainly won't talk about how Lou was criminally disrespected by the committee when he was booted off the ballot in his first year. Are they Hall of Famers? Maybe. This is neither the time or the place. Do they deserve consideration, discussion and respect beyond what they have received in retirement? Absolutely.

The cornerstones (yes, two) of the Tigers for eighteen years, starting 33 years ago today:

A big thanks to 30 Year Old Cardboard for pointing out this Anniversary to the rest of us!

1 comment:

  1. Sweet Lou was TOTALLY disrespected! Lets take a quick look shall we?
    There are 17 2nd baseman in the HOF. There are 9 2nd baseman with more than the 2,369 hits Lou amassed during his career. NINE! There are 3 with more than the 244 HR's Lou smashed.
    For the voters to overlook his career the way they did is a travesty.
    For so many years, we Tigers fans knew we had a couple of all-stars up the middle.
    Thanks for reminding me.