Don Whiting was an outstanding hitter for the Rockets from 1977-81. His lifetime batting average is .334, which ranks sixth all-time at UT. He also is tied for third with 39 career doubles. He earned first-team All-MAC honors in his senior season, hitting .394 with 62 hits, 13 doubles and 46 RBI (tied for eighth all-time at UT). In his other three seasons, he hit .298, .429 and .286. He knocked in at least 20 runs in each of his four seasons as a Rocket. Whiting played professional baseball in 1981 with the Detroit Tigers organization, but retired from baseball shortly thereafter due to back trouble.