BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND DETROIT TIGER ALAN TRAMMELL to speak at the 13TH ANNUAL SPORTS COMMISSION LUNCHEON

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BASEBALL HALL OF FAMER AND DETROIT TIGER ALAN TRAMMELL to speak at the 13TH ANNUAL SPORTS COMMISSION LUNCHEON

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., January 23, 2019 – Alan Trammell, Baseball Hall of Famer and 1984 World Series MVP will be the featured speaker at the 13th Annual West Michigan Sports Commission Luncheon on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 12 p.m. (noon).  The luncheon will be held in the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW.

Leading up to his 2018 induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Trammell spent his entire 20-year playing career as a shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. He earned his first Golden Glove Award and All-Star Appearance in 1980 -- just three years after his 1977 MLB debut. Trammell went on to collect an additional three Golden Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, one Comeback Player of the Year achievement, an AL Pennant, and five more All Star Appearances. Topping his list of achievements is his 1984 World Series win over his hometown San Diego Padres, where he was named World Series MVP.

Trammell's overall batting average was .285 during his MLB career. He had 2,365 hits with 185 home runs and 1,003 runs batted in. His best batting average was .343 in 1987. The same year he became the first player in big league history to hit at least .340 with 28 home runs and 100 runs batted in while playing at least half of his games at shortstop. Those stats have only been matched once since then by Alex Rodriguez in 1996.

After his 1996 retirement from a prosperous playing career, Trammell returned to baseball as a manager in 2003. He joined his former team as manager for three years where he helped improve the struggling Tigers from 119 losses in 2003 to 90 in 2004. Following his managerial career, he joined the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks as a bench coach. Trammell again returned to the Tigers in 2015 where he now serves a special assistant to the general manager. His successful playing career and baseball legacy led to the Tigers retiring his jersey in 2018.

“Being a young little-leaguer growing up in Greater Detroit at the time, Alan Trammell was a player that was easy to idolize as his numbers hold up.  Now 42 years since his MLB debut, we look forward to having Alan as our annual luncheon speaker,” said Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.  “Alan Trammell continues to leave his mark on the Detroit Tigers organization, and I am certain our luncheon attendees will be excited to hear his stories of playing alongside other baseball greats and the Tigers ’84 season that led to a World Series Championship.”

The West Michigan Sports Commission Annual Luncheon is sponsored again this year through the support of Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge; DP Fox; Meijer and SIBSCO, LLC.  As with past years, this luncheon serves as a fundraiser as well as a progress report to our stakeholders on the success of the organization; promoting and hosting youth and amateur sporting events in the region for economic enhancement, healthy living and creating a vibrant community through sport.

“In the more than eleven years since our inception, the WMSC has helped secure or support more than 734 youth and amateur sporting events, which have contributed well over $345 million in direct visitor spending in West Michigan,” said Guswiler. “We want to set a path for future sporting endeavors, yet also celebrate our successes as we have always done at this annual event.”

Reservations can be made by contacting Angie Cena at (616) 608-1842 or acena@westmisports.com.  A table of eight is $750, and single tickets are $100 per person. Luncheon information is also available online at http://westmisports.com/events/annual-luncheon.

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About the West Michigan Sports Commission

The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the region.

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West Michigan Sports Commission:

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Meijer State Games of Michigan:

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