Richardville welcomes Willie Horton to Capitol

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, today welcomed baseball great Willie Horton to the Michigan Senate in recognition of October 18th as “Willie Horton Day.”

“In honor of his success on the baseball field, as well as the fundamental contribution that he has made to the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan through his humanitarian works, it seems only fitting to celebrate the birth of one of our hometown heroes, Detroit Tigers great, Willie Horton,” said Richardville.

In 2003, Richardville introduced legislation to recognize Willie Horton’s birthday, October 18th, as “Willie Horton Day” in Michigan.  The bill was signed into law and is Public Act 53 of 2004.

Horton played 14 seasons with the Detroit Tigers where he became one of the most feared hitters in the American League.  In 1968, he helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the World Championship over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Throughout his career, Horton has been involved in such organizations as the United Way, the Boys and Girls Club of America, Meals on Wheels, and the Foundation Fighting Blindness.

In 2000, the Detroit Tigers honored Horton by retiring his number and raising a statue in his image at Comerica Park.

Photos of Senate Majority Leader Richardville and Willie Horton are available online at: 

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