The Detroit Tigers owner was so much more than just a businessman who happened to live in Detroit.
He was a man who cared for the people of Detroit.
Taking Care of Rosa Parks
On such story involves civil rights icon, Rosa Parks. In a story from the Sports Business Journal, Mike Ilitch paid for Ms. Parks’ rent for over a decade. After Parks was robbed at her home in Detroit, Ilitch read about her situation and how she needed a safer place to live. He contacted the people who were working with her and he “said he would pay for Parks’ housing for as long as necessary.