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The Detroit Tigers in recent years were among those to celebrate the contributions of Kaiser and others.

Cecil was a great friend to the Detroit Tigers and was truly a pioneer to the game of baseball,” the club said in a statement. “The Tigers are grateful of Cecil’s participation in our annual Negro Leagues tribute games. . Cecil’s warm smile and presence will be missed.”

Tyrone Kaiser said his father worked for more than 40 years as a deliveryman and maintenance worker for a printing company in suburban Detroit and was “a hardworking man who took care of his family _ a very good provider.”

“He was a great father, and I’m definitely going to miss him,” he said.