Our Favorite Tigers of All Time #6: Willie Horton

While researching this entry, I did a quick google search for Willie Horton and came up with the wikipedia page on Willie Horton. He’s a convicted felon who was part of the 1988 Presidential Election. Fortunately, that’s not our Willie Horton. Our Willie Horton had a great career with the tigers and fell just short of a career 2000 hits. Read past the jump for more.


Name:William Wattison Horton
Quote: I couldn’t find a quote, but I’m sure he said something colorful standing on top of the car in 1967 trying to calm down the rioters.
Years with the Tigers: 1963-1977
World Series Rings with the Tigers: 1 in 1968, but he recently lost it (and subsequently found it)
Where is he today? He’s retired. I’m not really sure exactly what he’s doing, but he’s been around town lately for the Tigers playoff run, so I’m guessing he probably still lives around here.
Why oh why did you pick him
Horton, coined recently in a biography about him as the “People’s Champion” grew up in Detroit and played ball here through some turbulent times. In 1967, when the 12th Street Riots broke out, Willie Horton drove after the game and tried (in vain) to calm the rioters. A year later, he helped his team with the 1968 World Series. He had a couple years where he batted over .300 and he had 36 long balls in 1968.

He’s not in the hall of fame but his #23 is retired and one of the bronze statues at the CoPa is, our #5 favorite, Willie Horton.

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