Ron LeFlore Appearance and Film Screening

August 18 2019 | 2:00pm to August 19 2019 | 4:55pm

The Detroit Historical Museum, the Black Historic Sites Committee, and the Hamtramck Stadium Grounds Crew proudly present a 40th anniversary screening of "The Ron LeFlore Story," with special guest former Detroit Tiger Ron LeFlore. 

Admission is free!

LeFlore's story is incredible, improbable … impossible. And it could only happen in Detroit. In the winter of 1970, 21-year-old Ron LeFlore and two accomplices robbed a bar on the east side of Detroit across from the old Chrysler Stamping Plant. The long arm of the law quickly caught up with them, and LeFlore was sentenced to five to 15 years in Jackson State Prison.

LeFlore hadn’t played any organized baseball growing up, but with little to do behind bars, he soon joined the prison baseball team. His first game was May 18, 1971. Just three years later, he was the starting center fielder for the Detroit Tigers. 

After two seasons of ups and downs with the Tigers, LeFlore had a breakout season in 1976, starting the season with an incredible 30-game hitting streak and earning himself a starting spot on the American League All-Star team alongside teammates Rusty Staub and rookie sensation Mark “The Bird” Fidrych. Soon there was a book about LeFlore, followed by a movie starring LeVar Burton. It is the stuff of legend — the legend of Ron LeFlore. 

Join us Sunday, August 18, at the Detroit Historical Museum for a 40th anniversary screening of "One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story," with our very special guest Ron LeFlore.

An afterparty will be held in Lindell A.C. exhibit.