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Updated: 10/20/2014 10:59:55PM

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Detroit Tigers Florida Operations Director Ron Meyer joined baseball fans at Tuesday's Lunch N Learn program at the Polk History Center in Bartow.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Former Detroit Tigers baseball great Willie Horton made a surprise appearance at Tuesday's Lunch N Learn program at the Polk History Center in Bartow.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Willie Horton, former Detroit Tigers star left fielder, in Polk County on Tuesday

By CATHY PALMER

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Baseball fans who dropped in Tuesday’s Lunch ‘n’ Learn program on Baseball in Florida program at the Polk County History Center got an extra innings treat when surprise guest Willie “the Wonder” Horton, a veteran Detroit Tigers star, who practically stole the spotlight from guest speaker Dr. Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy was outlining baseball’s history in Florida, while Horton was doing what he does: spreading the word about the Tigers. Horton, now 71 and a Davenport winter resident, leaned on his cane as he fielded questions, mostly about his illustrious career through the troublesome 1960s in Motor City.

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