Detroit ballpark figure remembered at funeral

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT A man well-known among Detroit Tigers fans is being buried in a team logo casket. and the Detroit Free Press report the funeral for James Van Horn was Friday. He wore a Tigers baseball cap inside the casket.

He and another Comerica Park fixture died last weekend in a hit-and-run crash on the city's east side.

Van Horn and Michael Alston were killed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Their bodies were found in the roadway. The driver left the scene and has not been identified.

The 66-year-old Van Horn would chant "Eat 'em up, Tigers" and collect spare change from baseball fans.

The 55-year-old Alston was known as "Dreadlock Mike" because of his hair. He moved around downtown in a wheelchair. Alston's funeral is Saturday.

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