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Mike ilitch timeline
10 months ago
Graduates from Cooley High School, where he was an all-city baseball player and a track star.
Starts Service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was stationed at Parris Island, Quantico and Pearl Harbor.
Returns from the military
Is a minor league shortstop with the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Washington Senators organizations, rising to AAA.
A bum knee forced him to retire from baseball
Works as a door-to-door salesman, hawking aluminum awnings.
Opens first Little Caesars outlet in Garden City with $10,000 he’d saved.
Stops working as a sale's man
Forms the Detroit Caesars professional softball team in the American Professional Slow Pitch Softball League. Several ex-Detroit Tigers played on the team.
Purchases the Detroit Red Wings from Bruce Norris for $8 million. Bought Olympia Stadium Corporation as part of their purchase of the Red Wings, and renamed it Olympia Arenas.
Buys the Fox Theatre
Purchases the Detroit Drive Arena Football League team.
Purchases the Detroit Tigers from rival Tom Monaghan, owner of Domino’s Pizza, for $85 million.
Comerica Park, new home of the Detroit Tigers, opens. Ilitch contributed $185 million, or 62 percent of the construction costs.
Announces plans to build a new hockey stadium, Little Caesars Arena, as part of a project to develop several blocks north of downtown.
Ilitich donates land & gives a $40 million gift for the construction of a state-of-the-art business school for Wayne State University - to be built in the heart of the new Detroit Red Wings arena district.
Moved Olympia and Little Caesars' headquarters to the newly renovated Fox Theatre
The current name, Olympia Entertainment, was adopted
Became apart of the National Hockey Leaguge Hall of Fame
United States Hockey Hall of Fame
$8.5 million to strengthen the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine
Put into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame
launched Bright Beginnings, a day care center for infants of mothers going through treatment or homelessness
Opened love kitchen
Started the Vetrain program
Ilitch Holdings, Inc. is an American company that provides all companies owned by Ilitch with professional and technical services.
Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Featured in SportsBusiness Journal’s “The Champions: Pioneers and Innovators in Sports Business”
Michigan Sports Hall of Fame
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