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Terry Foster: Willie Horton Made Special Impact

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Former Tigers Al Kaline (L) and Willie Horton throw out the cerimonial first pitch prior to Game One of 2006 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals October 21, 2006 at Comerica Park.  (Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Former Tigers Al Kaline (L) and Willie Horton throw out the cerimonial first pitch prior to Game One of 2006 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals October 21, 2006 at Comerica Park. (Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

CBS Detroit h) Terry Foster
Born in Detroit, Foster started his Detroit professional career in...
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My assignment was to write — in the spirit of Black History Month — about the athlete that had the greatest impact on me growing up.

The choice was easy: Willie Horton.

The former Tigers slugger — currently a member of the team’s front office — was a hero for his playing ability and his influence.

His legs and arms churned in perfect symphony to produce towering home runs that rattled the wooden, green left-field seats at Tiger Stadium. He embraced his community so deeply that he was willing to sacrifice his safety to quell the race riots in 1967. And he was no stranger to inner-city Detroit during regular visits to barber shops and grocery stores.

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