Terry Foster: Willie Horton Made Special Impact

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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