Negro League Festivities

This weekend the Tigers will pay tribute to the Negro Leagues and Detroit Stars. This is an annual tradition that will mark it’s 13th year. The Tigers will sport the Detroit Stars uniforms while the Royals will wear Kansas City Monarchs garb.

This year there is even more going on. This morning at 11:00am a permanent plaque honoring Hall of Famer Turkey Stearnes will be dedicated. The ceremony will feature Dave Dombrowski and remarks from Stearnes daughter. Stearnes widow will also be present along with more members of his family. This is open to the public, so if you’re in Detroit this morning stop by. The plaque will be at the corner of Brush and Adams.

Also, Joe Posnanski the author of The Soul of Baseball“>The Soul of Baseball will be at the game and he’ll be signing copies of his book. Proceeds go to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. You can find him at Gate A from 5:30 to 6:30.

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  1. Mike R

    July 20, 2007 at 11:14 am

    I didn’t know where to put this but Jayson Stark’s latest Rumor mill article suggests that if Dontrelle Willis becomes available, the Mets and the TIGERS would be at the head of the line.

    Um, count me out of that race, please. Especially at the thought of paying Florida’s price (which in a terrible pitching market this year, would be very steep) for a guy who in the 2nd half of the season his ERA is a half run higher, and his strike outs drop DRAMATICALLY (402 K, 175 BB in the 1st half, 293 K, 137 BB in the 2nd half) from his first half numbers.

  2. T Smith

    July 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    Mike R:

    I think you can count that as just that — rumor — in fact, Jayson Stark was probably just “spicing up” up the rumor page with random ideas today (slow day at the office??)… Florida has said they won’t trade within the division, and the Tigers don’t need help with their starting rotation. Unless, of course, he’s implying the Tigs would convert Willis to relief?

    In any case, I agree with your assessment.

  3. Walewander

    July 20, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    Willis could be an awesome closer, when you think about it.

    And Posnanski is the best sportswriter in America. If I was in Detroit, I’d definitely pick up the book and talk some baseball with him. The blog billfer linked to is fantastic.

  4. Dirk

    July 20, 2007 at 2:09 pm

    It’s a wonderful tradition that the Tigers are remembering the Negro Leagues. Always like the Retro-Shirts. Honoring Turkey Stearnes is well deserved.

    To Joe Posnansky’s Book: Very Good, I bought it months ago at amazon. Great read

    Buck O’Neil is mentioned at the Blog: It’s a shame, that he wasn’t inducted last year at Black History Month as 16 (17) Negro Leaguers where inducted without Buck and Minnie Minoso. At this time Buck O’Neill was still alive. Soon after he passed away

  5. Mike R

    July 20, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    T Smith: It is just a rumor but worth noting, nonetheless.

    I’m not sure about Willis making an awesome closer. This year, he’s striking out about 2% (K/Total Batters Faced) more then Todd Jones and only getting about 6% more ground balls (which becomes a substantial amount only because I’m comparing a starter to a closer, for just the sake of discussing the idea). All in all, I think Dontrelle Willis is the most overrated “great” pitcher that the media/people revere for whatever reason. Probably because he’s very energetic and charismatic — which comes across well in a television driven sports era.

    And Buck O’Neil not being in the Hall of Fame, to me, is the biggest blemish on Bud Selig’s record right now. There is no reason he shouldn’t be in there. He wasn’t voted in and then they asked him to speak on the people from the Negro Leagues that were voted in to the HOF last year and he graciously accepted and delivered a wonderful speech. I think it’s the worst omission of a player from the Hall of Fame in baseball today, ahead of Pete Rose. Way ahead.

  6. Mike R

    July 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    And, going along with the rumor theme. . .: “The New York Post reports of several teams represented at yesterday’s Yankees/Blue Jays contest. The Dodgers, Twins, Tigers, and Marlins all had scouts on hand.”

    Are we awaiting the triumphant return of THE Kyle Farnsworth?! I would have mixed feelings on him, as I’m still blinded by his great half a year with the Tigers. also speculates on its own of guys from the Jays and Yankees the teams could’ve been scouting: “Possible Yankees being watched: Scott Proctor, Kyle Farnsworth, Bobby Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Luis Vizcaino. Vizcaino and Cabrera played in the game, though they are the least likely of the group to be dealt.

    Possible Blue Jays being watched: Scott Downs, Matt Stairs, Troy Glaus. Stairs is probably the Jay most likely to be traded; he’s hitting a strong .282/.348/.544 in 206 ABs. He’s known for his ability to hit righthanders well.”

  7. Adam

    July 20, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    May I just say that the Tigers are in the AL Central and that the Marlins are in the NL East?

    I don’t think that would count as trading within the division.

  8. Matt in Toledo

    July 20, 2007 at 3:50 pm


    The other half of the rumor was that they would trade Willis to the Mets, who share a division with the Fish. I think he was refuting both parts of the rumor.