Detroit Tigers great Willie Horton will be among the American League All-Stars.
Major League Baseball announced on Monday the coaches and staffs who will be a part of the 2022 All-Star Game that will be at Dodger Stadium on July 19th. Houston Astros Manager Dusty Baker asked Willie Horton to serve as an honorary coach. Here’s his statement from Horton following the announcement.
“It will be one of my greatest honors to stand alongside one of the best baseball men I know, Mr. Dusty Baker, as an honorary coach at this year’s All-Star Game. “Some of the greatest memories from my playing career came from my four All-Star appearances, and I’m excited to help represent the Tigers among baseball’s best and brightest at Dodger Stadium next month.”
Willie Horton made the All-Star Game in 1965, 1968, 1970 and 1973 in a Tigers uniform. He also was the first Detroit Tigers player to win the Outstanding Designated Hitter Award in 1975 when he hit .275 with 25 home runs and 92 RBIs. Horton won the award again as a member of the Seattle Mariners in 1979. For you trivia folks out there, Only Rusty Staub (1978) and Victor Martinez (2014) were the other Detroit Tigers who have won the award.
Horton and the city of Detroit have deep roots, as his number 23 is retired and a statue of Horton can be found in centerfield. Born in Virginia but moved to Detroit at a young age, Horton would win a city championship for Detroit Northwestern in 1959. He would later sign with the Tigers in 1961.