Detroit’s Iconic Shortstop


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About the Book

For nearly two decades Alan Trammell displayed an all-around game as a fielder, hitter, and base runner that was rare for shortstops of his era. With second baseman Lou Whitaker, he formed one-half of arguably the greatest double-play combination in baseball history and was an integral piece of one of the signature teams of the 1980’s. Trammell was a World Series hero and a central figure in one of the greatest pennant races in American League history.
From his early days as a multi-sport prep star in the talent-rich San Diego area, through a meteoric ascension up the minor league ladder and into the big leagues, Trammell won over doubters and overcame setbacks to become one of the top players in the Detroit Tigers’ history. He joined Ty Cobb and Al Kaline as the only players to spend 20 seasons in Detroit, and later served an ill-fated managerial stint with the franchise. This exhaustively researched biography provides the first book-length account of the life and career of one of the most well-known figures in Detroit sports history.

About the Author(s)

SABR member Todd Masters has followed the Detroit Tigers for more than 40 years. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Bibliographic Details

Todd Masters
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 240
Bibliographic Info: 10 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6660-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2579-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  vii

Preface  1

Introduction  5

1. San Diego  11

2. Minor League Days  20

3. Rookie Sensation  36

4. Sparky  47

5. Breakthrough  64

6. “Bless You Boys”  77

7. MVP  93

8. Back to Earth  108

9. 1987  118

10. Race to the Finish  130

11. Disappointment × 2  143

12. End of the 80s  149

13. Lost Seasons  158

14. The Long Goodbye  171

15. “Bringing Back a Hero”  186

16. Legacy  197

17. Hall of Fame Bound?  205

Appendix: Career Statistics  215

Chapter Notes  217

Bibliography  225

Index  227