On this day in 1978, Lou Whitaker, Detroit Tigers second baseman, wins the American League Rookie of the Year crown.
The 21- year-old Brooklyn, New York native finishes the ’78 campaign hitting .285 with 3 home runs, 58 runs batted in, and a .361 on-base percentage.
He and shortstop Alan Trammell made their Major League Baseball debut with the Tigers in September 1977.
Ken Coleman, the author of On this Day: African-American Life in Detroit, is a native Detroiter and former news reporter. He served on the Detroit Charter Revision Commission. He lives in Detroit with his wife, Kim Trent, and their son, Jackson Coleman.