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Tigers Celebrate 20th Annual Black League Weekend


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers are proud to host the 20th Annual Negro League Weekend, presented by Comerica Bank, June 17-19 when the Texas Rangers visit Comerica Park. This annual tradition marks the longest-running weekend celebration of its kind in Major League Baseball. Tickets for all three Negro Leagues Weekend games are currently available at tigers.com/tickets.

Black League Weekend will be highlighted by the 26th Annual Black League Tribute Game on Saturday, June 19. The Tigers will hold a pre-game ceremony to raise the “Detroit Stars” flag in center field in honor of the Detroit Stars, who became founding members of the Negro National League in 1920. Several former Negro League players will be also honored at the ceremony.

The legendary Cecil Fielder will return to Detroit and interact with Tigers fans on Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19, when he will also receive the Willie Horton African American Legacy Award. In the 1990 season for Detroit, Fielder became the first player to hit 50 home runs since 1977, and the first American League player to accomplish the feat since Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris hit 54 and 61 circuits in 1961. .

The Tigers will distribute 2,000 free game tickets to local organizations as part of the Black League Weekend celebration.

“We look forward to continuing the tradition of celebrating Black League Weekend with Tigers fans, our current players and within the community,” said Chris McGowan, President and CEO, Ilitch Sports + Entertainment. . “The enormous impact of the Negro Leagues is deeply rooted in the city of Detroit, and it is a privilege to honor the Detroit Stars and former Negro Leagues players who have represented our city. We are honored to fly the Detroit Stars flag on center field at Comerica Park, recognizing the great Stars players and their significant contributions to baseball. And with Tigers great Cecil Fielder returning to Detroit, it’s going to be a fantastic weekend at the ballpark.

“Highlighting the many African American pioneers who impacted both the game and our community, Negro Leagues Weekend always provides a wonderful celebration of baseball’s past, present and future,” said Linda Nosegbe, vice president of Comerica Bank and head of the Southeast external affairs market. . “Each year, the Detroit Tigers showcase many memorable moments, and this week will be no different. For 20 years now, Negro Leagues Weekend has been special to Comerica, and we appreciate the opportunity to once again partner with this weekend. -end of great festivities.

Fans are encouraged to arrive at Comerica Park early to take advantage of the many activities planned throughout the Negro League weekend. DJ Mo Beatz – Big Sean’s official DJ – will spin on the Pepsi Porch before all three games, and a “Walk of Stars”, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, will be set up to highlight the achievements of former Detroit Stars players. . Burt’s Marketplace, a black-owned restaurant in Eastern Market, will be hosting a barbecue takeover at Brushfire Grill all weekend.

Dark League Weekend festivities will include:

Friday, June 17 (7:10 p.m. first pitch)

Saturday July 18 (4:10 p.m. first pitch)

Sunday July 19 (1:10 p.m. first pitch)

The Tigers will honor the Detroit Stars teams of the Negro Leagues by again wearing retro Detroit Stars uniforms for Saturday’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game. Popular Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold in the lobby of Comerica Park by Tony Dee’s Negro Leagues Baseball Store.