- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The former site of Tiger Stadium in Detroit has been dedicated in the name of hometown sports hero Willie Horton.

The former Tiger spoke Wednesday afternoon at a ceremony to dedicate The Willie Horton Field of Dreams. The occasion also served as a groundbreaking for a youth sports facility and Detroit Police Athletic League headquarters.

Horton says the field will represent “the future” of young kids who use it.

Tiger Stadium opened in 1912 as Navin Field. The Tigers left for Comerica Park after the 1999 season. The last of the old ballpark was demolished in 2009.

Horton spent 14 seasons with the Tigers and helped the team win the 1968 World Series. The Tigers retired his No. 23, and a statue of his likeness stands at Comerica Park.

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