Originally written on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 11/19/14
DETROIT Imagine a Little League field where Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Sparky Anderson and Joe Torre all learned the game of baseball. Or a corner gym where Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Phil Jackson and Gregg Popovich had all been taught to play basketball. You'd think that a place like that would be a shrine, wouldn't you? Fans from around the country, if not the world, would make pilgrimages to visit a magical place that produced so much talent. It would probably include statues of the stars and a museum of the sport's local ties. It, by itself, would be a major tourist attraction. There's a place just like that in Detroit. Not in some hidden corner of the city, either. It's right off Interstate-75 and is within easy walking distance of both Ford Field and Comerica Park. But it's not a museum, and it certainly isn't a tourist attraction. It's yet another crumbling, abandoned building in the Motor City, and its only visitors are rats, the stray cats that come in looking for th...
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