DETROIT (AP) — Willie Horton Day is being celebrated in Michigan for the eighth consecutive year.
The Tigers great is being honored Thursday, as he has since former Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed House Bill 5200 into law in 2006 that permanently decrees Oct. 18 "Willie Horton Day."
It coincides with the seven-time All-Star's birthday.
Horton was a Tiger for 14 seasons, including their 1968 World Series-winning team.
Horton's No. 23 is retired by the Tigers, and a statue of his likeness stands at Comerica Park.
He's a special assistant to team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski.