DETROIT, Michigan – The Detroit Tigers celebrated the 16th annual Negro Leagues Weekend at Comerica Park, during their series with the Cleveland Indians. Several former Negro Leagues players attended the event, which highlighted the return of former Tiger outfielder and honoree, Torii Hunter who accepted the 2018 Willie Horton African American Legacy Award.
Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila, and former Detroit Tigers Willie Horton — helped present Torii Hunter (former Tigers out fielder) with the 2018 Detroit Tigers Willie Horton African American Legacy Award during a special pregame ceremony on June 10th, 2018.
“Play this game like it’s your last. There is an expiration date for all of us. Play hard so you don’t look back and have any regret’s,” said Torii Hunter.
The weekend long celebrations honored the tremendous impact that African Americans have had on the game of baseball.
On Friday, the weekend kicked off with the Third Annual Detroit Tigers Legacy Luncheon to honor African American excellence in baseball of the past, present, and future. Ursula Brown would take home a $2,000 grand prize at the annual Detroit Stars Singing Competition took place in the Big Cat Court prior to Friday night’s game.
Detroit Country Day senior, John Malcolm, a senior first baseman was the featured participant of the Passing The Bat, receiving an autographed bat that was passed down to him from several generations of African American baseball greats, including Jake Wood, Willie Horton, Rod Allen, Torii Hunter, and Niko Goodrum.
On Saturday, the Negro Leagues Players Ceremony was held, recognizing a number of players including Minnie Forbes, Johnny Walker, Pedro Sierra, Bill Hill, Jake Sanders, Eugene Scruggs, and Ron Teasley.
Written and Reported by Adrian Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports (MLB)