Detroit Tigers Legend Willie Horton to Headline First Annual RecruitUS Luncheon

Posted: 08/10/2017 12:14PM EDT

DETROIT, Mich. – Detroit Tigers legend Willie Horton has been named the VIP guest speaker for the first annual RecruitUS Luncheon set to take place Saturday, January 6 at Sterling Hall in Sterling Heights, Mich.

The event will give guests an exclusive look at the firms plan for 2018 while also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers 1968 World Series Championship with Horton serving as the honorary guest speaker.

Horton was the fourth person in Detroit history to be given his own day and served as a legend to the city both on and off the field throughout his fourteen seasons with the Tigers.

In his rookie season, Horton had an outstanding impact right off the bat and made his first of four All-Star Game appearances. He posted double-digit home run totals in 12 regular seasons, with career high 36 home runs in 1968, the year in which the Tigers would defeat the St. Louis Cardinals for a World Series title.

Following his tenure with the Tigers, Horton spent a combined three seasons with various clubs, most notably with the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners before retiring in 1980.

Since his retirement, Horton has held various coaching roles with the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox and has since returned to the Detroit Tigers association as a Special Assistant to the President and General Manager role, which he currently holds today.

His #23 is retired by the Detroit Tigers and a trip to modern day Comerica Park sees a statue of him in center field alongside other all-time Tiger greats.

Tickets for this exclusive event are limited to the first 100 aside from press. A standard ticket ($100) includes lunch and a special look into what is next for RecruitUS, in addition to hearing from Horton reflect about his time with the Tigers and the 1968 World Series. 

VIP tickets ($150) include everything in the standard ticket package as well an opportunity to meet Horton one-on-one afterword with autograph signings available. Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, September 5 following Labor Day Weekend.

“This is such a great event for our community,” said RecruitUS Vice President Cole Paczas. “We try to do our part in assisting Detroit by attracting athletes from all around the world to our events, and there is no question Horton has been doing his part ever since his career started to now. We are very happy to have him as our inaugural guest speaker.”