Royals Visit For Three-Game Series And Homestand 

  

DETROIT – A homestand short on games will be packed with events as the Detroit Tigers return to Comerica Park this weekend to face the Kansas City Royals. The three-game series and homestand will be the Tigers’ 4th annual Negro Leagues Weekend Celebration. 

  

Game times for the Kansas City series will be 7:05 p.m. (EDT) on Friday and Saturday, and 1:05 p.m. on Sunday. After the series finale, Detroit heads back out on the road to visit the White Sox, Angels and Athletics. 

  

Tickets for all three games of the Royals’ series and all remaining Tigers home games are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at www.tigers.com, over the phone by calling (866) 66-TIGER (84437), or at Detroit-area Meijer stores. 

  

Following are the day-by-day highlights of the Kansas City Series. 

  

Friday, July 20 

  

11 a.m.: Dedication of a permanent plaque to honor Negro Leagues star and Baseball Hall of Famer Norman “Turkey” Stearns and the Detroit Stars. Gate C at Comerica Park (corner of Brush & Adams). This event is free and open to the public. 

  

5 p.m.: Gates to Comerica Park open. Book signing by Joe Posnanski at Gate A. Posnanski will be signing copies of his book “The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip through Buck O’Neil’s America.” 

  

Tony Dee’s Negro Leagues Apparel will be selling merchandise on the Main Concourse at Section 112, next to the Montcalm ramp and near Gate C under the scoreboard. 

  

5:30-6:30 p.m.: Detroit Stars singing competition at the Brush Fire Grill. 

  

 

   

6:40 p.m.: On-field ceremony honoring Norman “Turkey” Stearnes and the Detroit Stars. The ceremony will include members of the Stearnes family, Tigers players Gary Sheffield, Craig Monroe, Marcus Thames, Curtis Granderson and hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, Detroit City Council members Monica Conyers, Brenda Jones and Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, and Michigan Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry. DeLeon Sheffield, wife of Tigers designated hitter Gary Sheffield, will perform the National Anthem. 

  

7:05 p.m.: Detroit Tigers vs. the Kansas City Royals. 

  

Post-Game: Fireworks Spectacular presented by Pepsi. 

  

Saturday, July 21 

  

12 noon-2 p.m.: The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn hosts a special forum “Jackie Robinson Breaks the Color Barrier – 60th Anniversary Forum.” The lecture will feature a panel of baseball luminaries, as well as notable historians who have extensively studied Robinson’s career and impact on the sport. Panelists include: 

  

Lawrence Hogan, senior professor of history at New Jersey’s Union County College, nationally recognized expert on the history of African Americans in baseball and author of “Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball.” 

  

Ernie Harwell, National Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster and former voice of the Detroit Tigers. 

  

Della Britton Baeza, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. 

  

Gates Brown, former Detroit Tigers player and member of the 1968 World Championship Tigers team. 

  

Curtis Granderson, current Tigers outfielder. 

  

The Henry Ford Museum is located at 20900 Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn. Admission to the lecture is free. 

  

5 p.m.: Gates to Comerica Park open. Autograph sessions with former Negro Leagues players will be held on the Main Concourse at the Montcalm Ramp, the Brush Street Ramp and adjacent to the left field statues. 

  

Tony Dee’s Negro Leagues Apparel will be selling merchandise on the Main Concourse at Section 112, next to the Montcalm ramp and near Gate C under the scoreboard. 

  

6:40 p.m.: On-field ceremony honoring the Negro Leagues. 

  

7:05 p.m.: The 13th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, featuring the Detroit Tigers wearing the uniforms of the Detroit Stars, and the Kansas City Royals, wearing the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs. 

  

Post-Game: Detroit Stars singing competition finals. 

  

Fireworks Spectacular presented by Verizon Wireless. 

  

 

 
Sunday, July 22 

  

11 a.m.: Gates to Comerica Park open. The annual Tigers players versus kids game will take place on the field until 11:45. 

Tony Dee’s Negro Leagues Apparel will be selling merchandise on the Main Concourse at Section 112, next to the Montcalm ramp and near Gate C under the scoreboard. 

  

The first 10,000 adults in attendance will receive a 2006 American League Championship cap, courtesy of Bud Light. 

  

Sunday’s contest is also Kids Day at Comerica Park. Kids Day features free rides on the carousel or Ferris Wheel for kids age 14-and-under, face painters stationed near Gate A and Kids Run the Bases following the game (weather permitting), courtesy of Pepsi. Big Boy will sponsor Kids Take the Field pre-game, where lucky children will take the field just prior to the Tigers’ players before the start of the game. 

  

Kids will also have the chance to win one of four, Little Tikes Mini-Hummers, which will be given away on the field during in-game breaks on Sunday. Registration will take place at Section 119 for an opportunity to be part of the giveaway. 

  

COMMUNITY CORNER 

  

Saturday, July 21: Tigers pitcher Andrew Miller and bullpen catcher Scott Pickens will host a clinic from 11 a.m. until 12 noon at the Meijer store located at 3710 Dix Highway in Lincoln Park. 

  

Saturday, July 21: Tigers pitchers Fernando Rodney and Jason Grilli will make an appearance at the ABC Warehouse at 353200 Elizabeth Lake (West of Telegraph) in Pontiac from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in support of the Gloves for Kids program. Fans can make a donation of new or gently used baseball or softball equipment, or a $5 cash donation to the Detroit Tigers Foundation, in exchange for meeting the players. The equipment is donated to the Detroit Tigers Foundation and helps support youth sports in our community. CBS Radio Stations WXYT, WOMC and WKRK also support the Gloves for Kids program. 

  

Saturday, July 28: The Livius Paoli Foundation will dedicate The Livius Memorial Field. The field is located at West Outer Drive, just west of the Southfield Freeway in Northwest Detroit. Renovation of the field was made possible through a grant awarded by the Detroit Tigers Foundation of $10,000, which was matched by the Livius Paoli Foundation. 

  

Thursday, August 2: Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson will appear at the Meijer store in Wixom to host an outfield skills clinic from 5-6 p.m.