Trammell: Detroit's Iconic Shortstop

Trammell: Detroit's Iconic Shortstop

by Todd Masters

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476625799
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/19/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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

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

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