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Detroit Tigers, Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch dies at age 87 (Yahoo Sports)


Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch addresses the media during a news conference in Detroit, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 where designated hitter Victor Martinez agreed to terms on a four-year contract through the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Mike Ilitch, founder of the Little Caesars Pizza empire and owner of the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, died on Friday, according to his family. Ilitch was praised for keeping his professional hockey and baseball teams in Detroit as other urban sports franchises relocated to new suburban stadiums. ”He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his passion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his family and friends,” his son Christopher Ilitch said in the statement Friday night.



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