Tigers’ great Willie Horton to celebrate his day with visit Monday to alma mater, Northwestern High

Detroit Tigers legend and former Northwestern High star Willie Horton will return to his alma mater Monday, October 18 at 9 a.m. to speak to 11th and 12th-grade students about the importance of education and following their dreams.
Horton, who played for the Tigers 14 of his 18 seasons in the majors and was a key member of the team’s 1968 World Series championship, is one of the most distinguished athletes to come out of the talent-rich Detroit Public School League.
His return to Northwestern High is in conjunction with “Willie Horton Day,” which is being celebrated in Michigan for the seventh consecutive year and coincides with his birthday.
In August 2004, Northwestern named its newly constructed baseball and softball fields the Willie Horton Baseball and Softball Diamonds. That same year, Governor Jennifer Granholm signed House Bill No. 5200, making Horton the fourth person in the state’s history to have a day permanently declared in his honor. Civil rights matriarch and fellow Detroiter Rosa Parks was the third.
Among many other tributes, Horton’s No. 23 was retired by the Tigers and a statue of his likeness stands at Comerica Park. As a special assistant to Tigers’ president and CEO and general Manager Dave Dombrowski, Horton remains active in the community. He works in partnership with Don Bosco Hall to host the annual Willie Horton Batting for Kids (ages 7-14) event at Comerica Park and also sponsors a $5,000 scholarship that is awarded annually to a high school senior from Northwestern.

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