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Tigers honor Negro League greats


DETROIT -- The Tigers held their annual Negro Leagues celebration on Saturday by honoring several former members during a pregame ceremony.

Among those taking part in this year's ceremonies were Frank Crosson, a Memphis Red Sox pitcher and former roommate of 1956 Negro Leagues All-Star Charley Pride; Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons player Charlie Davis; Kansas City Monarchs pitcher and East/West All-Star Bill Hall; Detroit Stars infielders Gene Johnson, Henry Saverson and Johnny Walker; Stars and Monarchs outfielder Jake Sanders; Stars pitching great Melvin "Buck" Duncan; Stars pitchers Walt Owens and Pedro Sierra; and Detroit native Ron "Schoolboy" Teasley, who has spent 20 years as an educator and baseball coach at Detroit Northwestern High School.

The Tigers also honored former Negro Leagues players Joe Douse and Elton King with a moment of silence.

The Negro Leagues tribute concludes Sunday night, when former Tigers outfielder Larry Herndon will be honored with the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award. The honor was first presented in 2009 to celebrate the contributions of African-American Detroit Tigers players to the history of Tigers baseball.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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