After years of waiting, pitcher Jack Morris and shortstop Alan Trammell have been inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
It was a long time coming for both, but two legends from the 1980s and 1990s have received the call to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Jack Morris and Alan Trammell were voted in by the 2018 Modern Baseball Era ballot on Sunday. Morris was marked on 14 of 16 ballots, while Trammell received 13 votes.
On behalf of the entire Detroit Tigers organization, it’s an honor to congratulate Alan Trammell and Jack Morris on their election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,” said president and CEO Christopher Ilitch of Ilitch Holdings. “This announcement is truly a proud moment for all of us and for the legions of Tigers fan who watched these all-time greats excel during their years wearing the Olde English ‘D.’ Their achievements on the field, and character off, exemplify what’s best about the sport of baseball — and I’m thrilled the Modern Era Committee saw fit to enshrine Tram and Jack in Cooperstown.
Morris and Trammell were two of the greatest players for the Detroit Tigers in the 20th Century. The right-handed Morris won 254 games in an 18-year MLB career and was a five-time All-Star. His career will always be defined by his performance in the 1991 World Series. Pitching for the Minnesota Twins, Morris was the MVP of the Fall Classic and pitched a 10-inning shutout to win Game 7. For his career, he was 7-4 in the postseason with a 3.90 ERA.
Trammell was a six-time All-Star and spent his entire 20-year career with the Tigers. He formed one of the most dynamic double-play duos in MLB history with Lou Whitaker, who could also see himself enshrined in the future. Trammell racked up 2,365 hits while batting .285/.352/.415 with 185 home runs and 1,003 RBI. He won the Gold Glove four times, the Silver Slugger three times and was the MVP of the 1984 World Series. As the Tigers took the San Diego Padres down in five games, Trammell hit .450/.500/.800 with two home runs and six RBI.
These two — especially Trammell — have long been viewed as worthy Hall of Famers by many fans and voters. They’ve spent more than a few years waiting, but the moment will be just as sweet when they join the game’s all-time greats in Cooperstown this summer.