DETROIT (AP) – Former Michigan State University baseball coach Danny Litwhiler has died in Clearwater, Florida, at 95.
A former Major League player, Litwhiler coached at Florida State before spending 19 seasons in East Lansing, producing Big Ten championships in 1971 and ’79.
Big leaguers Kirk Gibson and Steve Harvey were among players coached by Litwhiler. He’s also credited with helping to develop the radar gun, used to determine the speed of pitches.
The prototype was used at MSU and is now in the Baseball Hall of Fame.