Only such event in baseball announced during Tigers Winter Caravan visit
Outfielder Mikie Mahtook donates game-worn jersey to eponymous collection at the Dearborn museum
Dearborn, Mich. (Jan. 25, 2019) – The opportunity has arrived for metro Detroit’s Arab American community and those who support it to hit one out of the park!
The Detroit Tigers and the Arab American National Museum (AANM) announced a very special event during today’s Winter Caravan visit to the Museum: the only Arab American Night in the majors, taking place at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, at Comerica Park in Detroit. The evening is sponsored by Tigers partner Saad Wholesale Meats.
Those who purchase tickets — available in advance only, via a special link — will not only enjoy America’s greatest pastime, they’ll also receive a free Tigers tee shirt bearing both the old English D and the AANM logo, and a free-admission pass to visit the Museum. Group rates for parties of 15 or more are available.
In addition, $3 from every ticket sold as part of this promotion will be used to support AANM, the only museum in the U.S. devoted to the Arab American community.
“We are grateful for the support of the Detroit Tigers, which helps us amplify our mission as an Arab American institution. This partnership to host Arab American Night at Comerica Park, along with the opportunity to connect with a well-known Arab American professional athlete, allows us to elevate the voice of our community and its contributions to our nation,” says Lina Hourani-Harajli, COO of the Museum’s parent organization ACCESS, the nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit.
The Winter Caravan brought two distinguished Tigers to AANM: legendary hitting coach Lloyd McClendon and outfielder Mikie Mahtook, who is of Lebanese American heritage. They both enjoyed a brief Museum tour prior to a ceremony marking the latest addition to the Mikie Mahtook Collection at AANM. During the ceremony, Mahtook revealed and autographed the jersey he wore during the Tigers 2018 season opener. The jersey joins game-worn cleats, a cap and a bat, all autographed by Mahtook, in the permanent collection at AANM.
The Museum gifted Mahtook with information about his family history. From a Syrian Lebanese business directory circa 1908, Mahtook received an image of the page listing the dry goods and grocery store in Patterson, Louisiana, owned by his great-great-grandfather, Butros Mahtook. Another image was a census record from 1930 listing Mahtook’s great-grandfather, Antoine, his wife Elle and their four children, residing in Lafayette, Louisiana, which is also Mikie Mahtook’s home town.
“Being here and learning the history, seeing how beautiful this museum is, it inspires me,” Mahtook said after revealing the jersey. “I’m very grateful for my ancestors and what they did to come here to make a better life,” he said.
Arab American Night with the Detroit Tigers
7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019
2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit, Mich.
Single tickets $23, $26, $28, $39, based on seat location
Available soon only at www.arabamericanmuseum.org
Group rates available by calling Jim Cleary at 313.471.2232
All tickets available IN ADVANCE ONLY
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Photos courtesy Arab American National Museum
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) documents, preserves and presents Arab American history, culture and contributions.
AANM is a national institution of Dearborn, Mich.-based human-services agency ACCESS, the largest Arab American community nonprofit in the U.S. AANM is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums; an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution; and a founding member of the Immigration and Civil Rights Network of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.
The Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI, 48126. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday, Tuesday; Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is $8 for adults; $4 for students, seniors and children 6-12; ages 5 and under and Museum Members, free.
Visit www.arabamericanmuseum.org or call 313.582.2266 for further information.
Kim Silarski | Communications Manager | Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126 | Office 313.624.0206 | Cell 313.670.1300