Detroit Tigers host 11th annual Negro Leagues Weekend

3-day MLB celebration; 19th annual Leagues tribute game takes place Saturday


DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers are hosting the franchise's 11th annual Negro Leagues weekend Friday through Sunday.

Saturday will be the 19th annual Leagues tribute game with the Tigers suiting up against the Atlanta Braves, both in their throwback uniforms.

Gates will open Saturday at 11 a.m., where the first 10,000 fans to enter Comerica Park will receive a Prince Fielder Detroit Stars Fathead.

There will be a special pre-game ceremony which will pay tribute to 12 former Negro League players. The ceremony will be hosted by famed radio announcer John Mason.

Of the players to be honored will be Frank Crosson, Charlie Davis, Melvin "Buck" Duncan, Minnie Forbes, Bill Hall, Gene Johnson, Walt Owens, Jake Sanders, Henry Saverson, Pedro Sierra, Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley and Johnny Walker.

The Saturday game won't be the only event over the weekend. There will also be a game Sunday with a pre-game ceremony honoring former Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon.

Herndon will be presented the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award, sponsored by the Black McDonald's Owners and Operators Association.

Negro Leagues merchandise will be sold throughout the weekend.