Tigers’ 1960s-’70s centerfielder Mickey Stanley and president/CEO/ general manager Dave Dombrowski were the stars in the lineup at the 14th annual Detroit Baseball Dinner, held at the Bloomfield Hills Country Club on January 24, 2015. More than 110 diehard baseball fans and Tigers front-office members attended the event, which featured lively discussion and an absorbing program put together by Detroit News sports writer Lynn Henning, along with the Detroit Baseball Society’s co-founder and president emeritus Bill MacAdam and current president Steve Clarfelt.

One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the first-ever Tigers Legend Award to Stanley, who played on the 1968 World Champion team. He is most remembered by Tigers fans for making a dramatic switch to shortstop during the World Series, as well as his versatility in playing every position except pitcher and catcher. Stanley, who attended the Dinner with his wife Ellen, was given a rousing introduction by Clarfelt, followed by a video montage of his playing days.

The Tigers Legend Award was given this year in place of a Tenth Man Award, which had been presented at recent Dinners to a non-everyday player who contributed to the team beyond his utility role.



Once again, as in recent years, Dombrowski was the Dinner’s keynote speaker, discussing the 2015 team as it prepared to head to Lakeland, Fla., for Spring Training, and taking questions from the audience. Others present with the Tigers contingent included vice president/assistant GM Al Avila, legal counsel John Westhoff, director of baseball operations Mike Smith and vice president of communications Ron Colangelo – all of whom also have been regulars at the annual event.

 

 


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