After being selected from the Boston Red Sox in the 1976 expansion draft, Ernie Whitt evolved into one of the most popular players in Toronto Blue Jays history. From 1977 to 1989, the beloved Jays mainstay toiled in 1,218 games for the club, the fourth most in franchise history.
A reliable defensive catcher, the Michigan native established himself as an offensive threat in 1982, when he belted 11 home runs, the first of eight consecutive seasons in which he slugged more than 10 homers. The nine-time Jays’ Opening Day catcher enjoyed one of his finest seasons in 1985, when he blasted 19 homers, was named to the all-star team and helped propel the club to its first division title. Another career highlight occurred on September 14, 1987, when Whitt slugged three home runs in a contest that saw the Jays set a major league record with ten round-trippers. In his 12 seasons playing in Toronto, Whitt collected 888 hits, socked 131 homers and drove in 518 runs. He finished his playing career with the Atlanta Braves in 1990 and Baltimore Orioles in 1991.
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