Due to entirely predictable and hence, predicted, rain, today’s rescheduled doubleheader of the Twins in Detroit has been rescheduled for tomorrow.
I have absolutely nothing more to say, think, or type on this.
But, I did promise yesterday to type a few words about a statue outside Comerica Park that involves civic unrest in Detroit, so I will.
The statue is of Willie Horton, a very good Detroit baseball player who is credited, on the statue’s inscription, with helping to stop the 1968 violence in that city.
I looked into this, and read pretty much every book the library had on Detroit, and watched news footage from those days, and... it’s almost certainly not true. I did learn a lot about Willie Horton, who was by all accounts a wonderful person, and the underlying conditions which contributed to that uprising happening, which as a lifelong student of history I’m very interested in.
There’s no such thing as a historian, anyways, and no diploma which makes you one. You either always want to learn more, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you’re not a historian, credentials be danged. I’ve studied under great history teachers. And lousy ones. The best thing ever on Comedy Central has been the show “Drunk History,” where the descriptions are impaired but the history is rock solid. (Standard disclaimer: kids, don’t drink and tell history stories on TV, unless you can get the key details right.)
Anyhoo, Willie Horton was a pretty interesting guy, and this article about him is my favorite thing I’ve ever written here. Did he have anything to do with calming the 1968 uprising? No. Was he a better person than me? Unquestionably. (But I ain’t dead yet, so, maybe, someday...)