Sure, Alan Trammell and Jack Morris have their numbers retired on the brick wall in left center field, but how about a big, shiny statue or two?
Six Tigers have been immortalized in this fashion — Willie Horton, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Gehringer, Al Kaline, Hal Newhouser and Ty Cobb — each deservedly so. But not a single one comes from the club’s most recent World Series winner.
Now that Trammell and Morris are in the Hall of Fame, they’re likely next in line. That said, Trammell and his longtime double-play partner Lou Whitaker would look pretty good in bronze themselves. And they know it.
“I’m hoping that Jack has his own. This is just my dream, but if they do a statue, that it would obviously be of Lou and I,” Trammell told 97.1 The Ticket’s podcast The Time That. “I mean, that’s the way it should be, because we are known and we’re linked forever. That would be my dream. Again, I’m willing to wait a little bit, but hopefully someday that’ll happen.”
At that, Whitaker chimed in.
“The thing is, Tramm, my thing is, get what you deserve now. Why wait for anything? Just like the Hall of Fame. You deserve to be there, you go. Don’t wait for others to say something. Put some glue to it,” said Whitaker.
“I appreciate that,” Trammell said. “But I strongly feel that way, that it should be together. That’s just the way I look at it.”