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Michael Ilitch Sr.
born Michael Ilievski

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A former minor league player, Mike Ilitch has owned the Detroit Tigers since 1992.

The son of immigrants from Macedonia, infielder Ilitch played four summers of minor league ball from 1952 to 1955. After baseball, he and his wife founded the Little Caesars pizza chain in 1959. He purchased the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL in 1982, and under his leadership, the club has won four Stanley Cup titles. In 1992, he bought the Tigers from rival pizza mogul Tom Monaghan. He also owns a number of landmark buildings in Detroit, MI, including the Fox Theater, the Joe Louis Arena and the Motor City Casino. He has also been very active in efforts to revitalize Detroit's downtown after the city was ravaged by riots, economic difficulties and population flight.

He was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

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