The Detroit Tigers are saluting the Catholic High School League on Monday, May 13, when the Tigers take on the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m. at Comerica Park.
A special theme event $22 ticket package will be available that includes a game ticket, a Detroit Tigers CHSL/School Hat and a $5 donation to the Catholic High School League.
When fans purchase a ticket, they can designate a CHSL school that will be stitched on the Tigers cap.
“This a great opportunity,” said Vic Michaels, CHSL director, “to show your school spirit, cheer for the Tigers, and support the Catholic League.” Last year, he said, some 3,500 people showed up for the annual event.
Fans can select a school from the list of current members of the CHSL: Academy of the Sacred Heart, Austin Catholic, Bishop Foley, Brother Rice, Cabrini, Cardinal Mooney, Catholic Central, Cranbrook Kingswood, De La Salle Collegiate, Cristo Rey, Divine Child, Everest Collegiate, Father Gabriel Richard, Frankel Jewish Academy, Gabriel Richard Catholic, Greenhills School, Loyola, Lutheran North, Marian, Mercy, Our Lady of the Lakes, Regina, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Mary's Prep, Shrine, Grosse Pointe University Liggett and University of Detroit Jesuit.
Something new: Legacy school hats are available. Hats will be in school colors with the name of the school stitched across the back.
Legacy schools include Austin Prep, St. Cyril, St. Ambrose, Notre Dame High School, St. Alphonsus, Aquinas, Bishop Borgess, St. Clement, Bishop Gallagher, Holy Redeemer, Pontiac Catholic and Ladywood.
Individual game ticket purchases are not eligible for this offer. Packages cannot be purchased by phone or at Comerica Park Box Office windows.
After fans purchase a special themed ticket(s), they will receive a confirmation email with further instructions on how and where to receive the premium item.
Another Major Leaguer
A postscript: Vic Michaels informed us of another former CHSL baseball player who made it to the majors.
Jeff Kaiser, an alumnus of Southgate Aquinas, pitched parts of seven seasons for five teams (Cleveland, New York Mets, Cincinnati, Detroit, Oakland) between 1985 and 1993. He never pitched more than 15 games or 16.2 innings in a Major League season. He finished his career with a 0-2 record and an ERA of 9.17 in 50 games.
That makes 31 former CHSL players who made it to the majors.