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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Historical Society has obtained original lettering from the former Tiger Stadium and will put it on display. The large letters spelling out the stadium's name will be installed inside the new Allesee Gallery of Culture at the Detroit Historical Museum during a media tour Tuesday of the museum, which is undergoing renovation. Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers left for Comerica Park after the 1999 season. The last portion of Tiger Stadium was demolished in 2009. The Detroit Historical Museum is scheduled to reopen Nov. 23.

DETROIT (AP) - Uniformed firefighters and emergency medical service personnel in Detroit will receive tickets to Detroit Pistons games as part of the team's Come Together Game Changers Program. Piston players Rodney Stuckey, Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Jason Maxiell will meet Monday afternoon with Fire Commissioner Don Austin and later deliver meals to two engine companies. The program recognizes and rewards "community heroes" throughout the state. To make nominations for "Game Changers" from anywhere in Michigan go to www.pistons.com/gamechangers .

Friday, 19 October 2012 09:36

Tigers DH Delmon Young wins ALCS MVP award

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Tigers designated hitter Delmon Young has been selected MVP of the AL championship series. Young batted .353 with two homers and six RBIs in a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, capping his big series Thursday with a run-scoring single in the first inning to send Detroit on its way to an 8-1 rout in Game 4. Young became the first player with four game-winning RBIs in one postseason series, according to STATS LLC. The top pick in the 2003 amateur draft, Young developed a reputation for having a volatile temper early in his career. He had an uneven 2012 regular season on the field and was arrested in New York in April on a hate-crime harassment charge.

Thursday, 18 October 2012 14:12

DSBA honors Paul Carey

SOUTHFIELD - The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association today was delighted to present the 3rd Annual Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award to former Detroit Tigers radio play-by-play announcer Paul Carey. Paul was the long-time radio broadcaster with Mr. Harwell on the Tigers Radio Network and Carey is a former sportscaster for WJR-AM in Detroit. The award was for his long-term efforts, dedication and sustained commitment and contributions to the profession of broadcast communications. Previous recipients of the Award are Ernie Harwell and John Fountain.
 
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Wednesday, 10 October 2012 11:09

Former NFL and TV/movie star dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Alex Karras has died. The former defensive tackle of the Detroit Lions, who had a successful movie and TV career after retiring from the NFL, passed away at the age of 77. Karras played all 12 of his NFL seasons with the Lions and was an All-Pro four times. His reputation grew as the result of author George Plimpton's book, Paper Lion, about his attempt to try out for the team. When the book was turned into a movie, Karras played himself. He later appeared in the Mel Brooks comedy,"Blazing Saddles", as Mongo. One of his most memorable scenes was when he punched a horse in the mouth, knocking it down. Karras also had success on television, both in the broadcast booth for Monday Night Football and as an actor. He starred in the sitcom, "Webster." His attorney, Craig Mitnick, says Karras died at his home with his family. He had been suffering from dementia and was a leader in the lawsuit filed against the NFL regarding the league's treatment of head injuries.

EAST LANSING (AP) -- Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis, a Croswell Lexington High School graduate, and his wife, Nancy, are giving $1 million to the school for academic scholarships, football stadium improvements and arts programming. The school says that $460,000 will establish the Hollis Family Endowed Scholarship for Michigan resident undergraduates with strong academic credentials. Another $40,000 supports activities at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum and the Wharton Center for Performing Arts. The remainder of the gift is designated for the North End Zone project at Spartan Stadium to help build a room hosting recruits for all varsity athletic teams. Mark and Nancy Hollis are Michigan State graduates. Nancy Hollis works in the school's study abroad program.