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.
As I type this, the baseball playoffs are starting in minutes and the White Sox are playing the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS. If you haven't lived anywhere but here, you may have trouble understanding this, because if you're from Michigan, everybody here is pretty much all in. U of M fans don't really hate MSU fans. It's more like a big brother, little brother relationship, and besides, we all hate Ohio State. When the Red Wings win, or the Pistons, pretty much everybody is cheering. If, and I know it feels like I'm taking fiction and fairy tales, but if the Lions ever win, it'll be like the Cubs, and the whole darned country will be pulling for them.
The MLB All Star Game will be in Miami this year. How many Cubs, White Sox and Tigers players will we see? As of right now only three players from those teams (other than pitchers and coaches) could be in the game.