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African-American Heritage

The Detroit Tigers have a long history of achievement by African-American players. Systematically barred from the game even in the immediate years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, the Tigers became a true reflection of the City of Detroit when Larry Doby put on the Old English D for the first time. (Dominican Ozzie Virgil became the Tigers first player of color and first player from a Spanish-speaking country a few years earlier.) The achievements of African-American stars like Willie Horton, Gates Brown, Lou Whitaker, Cecil Fielder, Gary Sheffield & Curtis Granderson have thrilled and inspired generations of Tigers fans.