It was an honor to get to know and work with Ernie Harwell. He was truly a remarkable man and a driving force in our efforts to save Tiger Stadium. “His unbridled love for the Tigers, the city of Detroit and ‘The Corner’ will resonate throughout our community for years to come,” said Thom Linn, President, Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy. “We treasure the time we spent with this Detroit legend.”
OTSC board member Kelli Kavanaugh, former OTSC board member and baseball legend Ernie Harwell and former OTSC director and board member R. Scott Martin in front of Tiger Stadium in 2007.
Read this great article by Mary Kramer, who asks the same questions we have been asking about the DEGC’s rush to demo.
So why the rush? The conservancy has been working on the tedious process of getting historic status, tax credits and investors in a project. They only got the historic status on May 1, and that was required in order to make the rest happen.
The other thing that bothers me is reported in Nancy’s story. Rick Ruffner, who started a greeting card company in downtown Detroit called Avanti (you’ve probably seen their humorous cards, featuring photos and clever messages inside), has 100 employees. He sells cards in 20,000 stores in North America and cards globally in 8 languages.
He’s the kind of company Detroit should want to court and keep. Yet in 2007, he wrote the DEGC and said he’d like to take 100,000 square feet in a project that adapted Tiger Stadium. And he said he had 7 other companies, some of them outside the city of Detroit, that would be interested in reviewing that option, too. He never got a response, formal or otherwise.
Read the whole thing here.
Second in a series of fundraisers: Lefty’s Lounge in Detroit’s Midtown. Lefty’s is owned by two former minor league pitchers and has quickly become a hang out for ballplayers.
OTSC will be in the house starting at 4 p.m. Cost is $15 a head or $25 a couple. See you there!
The first of a series of upcoming OTSC fundraisers is this Friday, September 26 at the infamous Nemo’s Bar and Grill in Corktown — a favorite stop before and after ballgames for decades!
The fun starts at 8:30. Entry is $10 a head and music will be provided by The Shy, who will be performing their YouTube hit “Tribute to Tiger Stadium.” Check it out!
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The Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy is planning a series of fundraising events at which we will share our updated plans. Save the dates! More details to come.
Sat 9/20: Cadieux Cafe – Detroit’s East Side
Fri 9/26: Nemo’s – Corktown, Detroit
Sun 9/28: Lefty’s Lounge – Midtown, Detroit
Wed 10/1: Clarkston Eagles Club – Clarkston
Thur 10/9: Baille Corcaigh – Corktown, Detroit
It’s easy to forget that the Detroit Lions played at Tiger Stadium from 1938 to 1974. And apparently, pics are rather hard to come by, but a poster at DetroitYes dug up some cool ones from a garage sale.
Check out the other pics at DetroitYes.