Today in Michigan History

August 17, 1980

Detroit Tigers retired number 6.

One of Detroit’s greatest players, Al Kaline, won the league’s batting crown in 1955 with a .340 batting average, was selected to eighteen All-Star Games during his career, captured ten Gold Gloves and ended his career with 3,007 career hits, which broke a thirty-year record. Kaline was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. During that same year the Tigers retired his number.

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Today in Michigan History

July 15, 2000

The Detroit Tigers retired Willie Horton’s uniform number.

“Willie the Wonder” Horton was raised in a Detroit housing project and overcame adversity to become a Tiger hometown hero. He batted .326 in his first season with the Tigers and had 100 or more RBIs in 1965 and 1966. He threw out Lou Brock at home plate in the pivotal Game Five of the 1968 World Series. He led the team in home runs in 1968, 1969 and 1975 and was elected to four All-Star teams as a Tiger.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past. See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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