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Vietnam vets, Ike Blessitt, hosting Detroit Tigers trip
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:14

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Greater Toledo Chapter, is sponsoring a bus trip to Comerica Park to see the Detroit Tigers play the Baltimore Orioles on June 19. Game time is 1 p.m. in Detroit.

Gene Shurtz, treasurer of the local chapter, said tickets for the game and bus trip are available to not only veterans, but also the general public.

“We have announced the baseball game trip to our Vietnam veterans, and to the local VFW and American Legion organizations, and now we want to let everyone know this is a great opportunity to take their child or grandchild to a major league game,” said Shurtz. “We could certainly use a little help filling up the bus.”

The chartered Lakefront Lines bus seats 56 passengers. The cost of the bus trip is $55 which includes a game ticket in the lower reserved section, bus fare, and a free hot dog and pop at the game. On the bus there will be prizes to give away from local merchants. The bus will depart from Mathews Ford, Oregon.

Perhaps the biggest highlight will be the chance to meet former Detroit Tigers players, such as Ike Blessitt, who will be riding the bus to the game and Tom Matchick who is scheduled to be at Mathews Ford to great those going on the bus trip. At the stadium, Ike Blessitt has arranged for Willie Horton, Gates Brown, and Craig Monroe, to meet the bus.

Matchick, Horton, and Brown all played on the 1968 Detroit Tiger team that won the World Series. Blessitt played for the Toledo Mud Hens and the 1972 Tigers team. Blessitt hosted a free baseball clinic in Oregon, last July.

Interested persons can download a flyer at or can obtain additional information by calling Jerry Eversman at 419-266-7776.

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