It's not just the ballplayers who are coming back.
So is Jose Feliciano.
Feliciano, the Latin recording artist, is scheduled to sing the national anthem before Saturday's Tigers-Cardinals game at Comerica Park, as the 1968 World Series-champion Tigers are honored in a weekend-long celebration.
Feliciano, hand-picked by Ernie Harwell, famously sang an alternate version of the national anthem before Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium. The rendition was panned at the time, but since has been celebrated.
The Tigers will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the franchise's third World Series title during a pregame ceremony Saturday, set to start at 5:30 p.m. Among the former team members scheduled to be in attendance: Players Wayne Comer, John Hiller, Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Denny McLain, Daryl Patterson, Tommy Matchick, Jim Price, Mickey Stanley, Dick Tracewski, Jon Warden and Don Wert, as well as bullpen coach Hal Naragon. Bill Freehan, the All-Star catcher who is battling Alzheimer's Disease, will be represented by his wife, Pat.
The ceremony will include a parade of former players, driven in on Corvettes. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a 1968 commemorative road jersey.
The 1968 Tigers also will be celebrated Friday with a sold-out private luncheon, moderated by former broadcaster Ray Lane. The first 10,000 fans in the ballpark Friday will receive a pair of "Sockit to 'em" socks. Prior to Sunday's game, a Q&A will be held on the concourse at 11:45 a.m. The first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive a 1968 World Series commemorative pennant.
Additionally, all weekend and through Sept. 12, the Tigers will host a 1968 World Series pop-up exhibit in the Blue Moon Brewhouse at Comerica Park.
The 1968 Tigers have been celebrated much of the year and throughout the city, with an exhibit at the Detroit Historicial Museum (through Oct. 7) and the Detroit Institute of Arts (through Sept. 17). The Detroit Police Athletic League is hosting a "Pros for PAL" event Wednesday at the site of Old Tiger Stadium, featuring a Q&A with Kaline and Horton.
The Tigers beat the Cardinals in seven games in the 1968 World Series, rallying from a 3-1 series deficit.