Jim Leyland honored during event hosted by Mitch Albom Monday
Leyland, who guided the Tigers to two World Series, will join in an on-stage conversation about his career, and be presented with a special video tribute highlighting his enormous success in baseball. Fans hoping to show their appreciation to Leyland will be welcomed at the event, which raises money for Detroit charities through SAY Detroit and The Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights.
The event will celebrate how people of all backgrounds and races work together, and will benefit the lives of Detroit’s most needy. The current star-studded roster includes Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, comedian Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”) Motown legends The Four Tops,Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard,Tigers great Willie Horton, R&B Recording Artist KEM, former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, and many others. Albom and Keith will also discuss their storied careers and their upcoming new books.
All those who attend will receive a signed commemorative copy of Albom’s highly-anticipated novel, The First Phone Call From Heaven, which is set in Michigan and hits stores November 12. Keith will preview his long-awaited biography, Crusader For Justice, also due out in November, and will regale the crowd with more than seven decades of stories that involve everyone from A-list entertainers to U.S. presidents to revered leaders of the Civil Rights Movement.