Tigers fan celebrates her 104th birthday with hall of famer

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Mary Johnson’s 104th birthday celebration in May at Comerica Park was rained out just like the Tigers game she was supposed to attend. But a month later the sun shone at the ball park, the people closest to Johnson gathered and surprises abounded.

Among them: Tigers great Al Kaline, one of Johnson’s favorite players, visited her and signed baseballs.

“I’m so glad to have met you, Mary Johnson. Happy birthday,” she recalled him telling her Sunday.

Her wish to see Comerica Park finally came true. “It’s beautiful. I couldn’t say another word,” she said from a suite, provided by the Tigers.

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