Ernie Whitt

Ernie WhittOf all the selections the Toronto Blue Jays made in the special 1976 expansion draft, two were especially fruitful. One was pitcher Jim Clancy, the other was the man who frequently caught Clancy in their eleven years as teammates with the Jays.

Batting from the left-side, Whitt had a good power stroke and he was stable enough behind the plate to not be a defensive liability. In 1985 when the Blue Jays won their first division title, Whitt was named an All-Star.

A Detroit native, Whitt loved facing the Tigers. He hit 23 home runs against his hometown team, by far the most he had against any opponent. At Tiger Stadium he had 11 home runs and 36 RBIs in only 55 career games.

Whitt caught more games than any other player in the history of the Blue Jays.