DETROIT — Recently retired Tigers manager Jim Leyland will be honored as a special guest of “Detroit Legacies In Black and White,” hosted by best-selling author Mitch Albom of The Detroit Free Press and civil rights icon Judge Damon J. Keith, at the Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11.
Leyland, who guided the Tigers to two World Series, will join in an on-stage conversation about his career, and be presented with a special video tribute highlighting his enormous success in baseball. Fans hoping to show their appreciation to Leyland will be welcomed at the event, which raises money for Detroit charities through SAY Detroit and The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.
The event will celebrate how people of all backgrounds and races work together and will benefit the lives of Detroit’s most needy. The current star-studded roster includes Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, comedian Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) Motown legends The Four Tops, Football Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, Tigers great Willie Horton, R&B Recording Artist KEM, former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, and many others. Albom and Keith will also discuss their storied careers and their upcoming new books.
All those who attend will receive a signed commemorative copy of Albom’s highly-anticipated novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, which is set in Michigan and hits stores November 12. Keith will preview his long-awaited biography, Crusader For Justice, also due out in November, and will regale the crowd with more than seven decades of stories that involve everyone from A-list entertainers to U.S. presidents to revered leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.
Tickets are on sale and are $40 for general admission and $150 for inclusion in a VIP meet and greet reception prior to the event. Student Tickets are also available for $25, and can only be picked up at the box offices. Tickets may be purchased at OlympiaEntertainment.com, The Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy (without service charge), and at all Ticketmaster locations and Ticketmaster.com. To charge tickets by phone, call 800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more will receive $5 off per ticket by calling 313-471-3099.