Even now, it's still a remarkable story. Ron LeFlore, who was doing hard time armed robbery at the Jackson State Prison got a chance at redemption and made the most of it, and on this date in 1974, made his debut with the Detroit Tigers.
The game attracted not only the best of the best, but also a packed house of some 49,000 fans. The National Leaguers wore special uniforms that afternoon. The American League players word their home whites.
Southwest Michigan Minor League Baseball teams are CRUSHING it on ESPN right now, with the Growlers featured on SportsCenter, and ALL of the Northwoods League streaming now on ESPN+, including the Battle Jacks.