Alan Trammell is a former professional shortstop, manager and coach. Trammell attended Kearny High School in San Diego, California and played American Legion Baseball. He was named the 1989 American Legion Graduate of the Year. The Detroit Tigers selected him in the second round of the 1976 MLB draft.
His entire 20-year playing career in Major League Baseball was with the Detroit Tigers. Trammell won a World Series championship in 1984 over his hometown San Diego Padres and an AL East division championship in 1987. Although his arm was not overpowering, he had a quick release and made accurate throws, ultimately winning four Gold Glove awards. Trammell's defense perfectly complemented his double-play partner, Lou Whitaker. The two formed the longest continuous double-play combination in major league history, playing 19 seasons together. At the plate, Trammell was one of the best-hitting shortstops of his era and won three Silver Slugger awards. Trammell later served as the Tigers' manager from 2003 through 2005.
He also served as the interim manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks during the final three games of the 2014 season. In late 2014, Trammell returned to the Tigers to serve as a special assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Tigers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.