Danny Litwhiler was my East Lansing neighbor for a couple of years in the 1970s. And a good neighbor with wife Pat he was. He died Friday at age 95 at his home in Clearwater, Florida. My memories are pleasant-- he was a good guy, easy to get along with, no problems at all.
He left Florida State to take a Big Ten baseball job-- bet that doesn't happen these days. MSU athletic director Biggie Munn talked him into the move. Danny arrived to replace the legendary John Kobs and stayed 19 seasons, winning two Big Ten titles along the way. He coached Steve Garvey and Kirk Gibson and thought Brad Van Pelt might have been a terrific major league pitcher but he was too busy with football. Litwhiler was a solid major league player for 11 years. He was an inventor-- diamond dirt and the radar guns now used to measure the speed of pitches-- Danny invented those devices and several others. Good guy, 488 career wins, no other MSU baseball coach has as many. Rest in peace.
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