Mel Torme was "The Velvet Fog."

Johnny Cash was "The Man in Black."

Frank Sinatra was, of course, "Ol' Blue Eyes."

You might have your own nickname for Jim Leyland as a manager, but now you might need one for him as a crooner.

"Jim is going to sing at our dinner," said former Tigers first baseman John Young, organizer of the first TigerTown reunion next weekend in Lakeland.

Leyland was a minor-league catcher in the Tigers organization from 1964-70. And many of those players expected to attend the weekend event will remember he used to sing during minor-league bus trips.

"A lot of Drifters songs," Young said. "But the guy can sing."

And former Tigers pitcher Bill Slayback can play the guitar.

So the two of them — Slayback and Leyland — will provide the entertainment.

Young said he expects more than 100 former Tigers to attend the event, which will include a kids clinic Saturday and a dinner Sunday.

"The response has been great," Young said.

According to Young, pitcher Les Cain is making the longest trek, coming from California.

Sweet Lou sighting

Was that …

Yes, it was Lou Whitaker , not making a big deal about attending Tuesday afternoon's 9-4 loss to the Astros at Osceola County Stadium.

"Just down from North Carolina with some friends," the former second baseman said.

When asked about the low profile he was maintaining in the midst of fans near the bullpen, Whitaker said, "I'm not anybody, but say hello to Jim for me."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130227/SPORTS0104/302270327#ixzz2M7ADGroa