Detroit Tigers planning mid-July party, with Jim Leyland and Mickey Lolich in attendance

Detroit Free Press

After canceling TigerFest for the past two winters because of COVID-19, the Detroit Tigers are planning to hold something similar to kickoff the second half of the season after the All-Star break.

The Tigers announced details Friday for “Detroit’s Biggest Summer Baseball Bash,” scheduled for Saturday, July 17 when they play the Minnesota Twins.

It won’t be as big as TigerFest — traditionally an all-day event held in the dead of winter.

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But it should be similar. This year’s event will also honor hundreds of frontline and essential workers, who will be in attendance and recognized in a pregame ceremony.

More than a dozen Tigers alumni and select current players will sign autographs before the game on the concourse.

The Tigers are also offering discounted $5 tickets for select seats in the upper deck of Comerica Park. Go to for more details.

Gates will open at 3:30 p.m., one hour earlier than normal, and the first 10,000 fans will receive a “Detroit Roots” T-shirt.

“We couldn’t be happier to start the second half of our season off with an event that brings together so many parts of the game-day experience that Tigers fans have loved for generations,” said Ellen Hill Zeringue, the Tigers’ vice president for marketing, said in a release.

Several alumni will participate in a pregame question & answer session.

Signs of the times

Former Tigers players and coaches scheduled to sign pregame autographs are listed below (subject to change):

Mickey Lolich: 1968 World Series champion.

Tom Matchick: 1968 World Series champion.

Jon Warden: 1968 World Series champion.

Steve Kemp: 1979 American League All-Star.

Juan Berenguer: 1984 World Series champion.

Howard Johnson: 1984 World Series champion.

Lance Parrish: 1984 World Series champion.

Dan Petry: 1984 World Series champion.

Dave Rozema: 1984 World Series champion.

Jim Leyland: Manager, 2006 and 2012 AL champions.

Craig Monroe: 2006 AL champion.

Phil Coke: 2012 AL  champion.

Andy Dirks: 2012 AL  champion.

Doug Fister: 2012 AL champion.

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