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Tigerland National Book Launch

Will Haygood Tigerland

The national release of Tigerland, the newest book from Columbus-native Wil Haygood, takes place September 19 at the Lincoln Theatre. And, US District Judge Algenon L. Marbley moderates the Lincoln Theatre Association and The Ohio State University Athletic Department event. Enjoy a live interview with Haygood, a question and answer session, and a book signing. 

Tigerland tells the true story of two teams from East High School in Columbus who won the baseball and basketball state championships during the 1968-69 school year. Haygood shares the inspiring triumph of students from a poor, black, segregated school during the racially difficult time following the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. Read about the lives of these local sports heroes and their coach, whose victories over larger, richer and whiter teams across the state were so meaningful to them and their community. So, prepare to be inspired by this sports story set during an important historical time. And, the event also recognizes and honors members of the East High School baseball and basketball teams.

Tigerland Launch Event Details

  • September 19, 7 p.m.
  • Lincoln Theatre, 769 East Long Street
  • Tickets cost $25 or  $50 for a VIP ticket, which includes a pre-signed copy of the book
  • Purchase tickets from the CAPA Ticket Center (39 East State Street). Or order by phone at 614-469-0939, at Ticketmaster outlets or at

Wil Haygood currently teaches at his alma mater, Miami University, as a visiting distinguished professor in the department of media, journalism and film. A former journalist for the Boston Globe and The Washington Post, Haygood has authored seven prior books. And, The Butler: A Witness to History was adapted into a film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. The Lincoln Theatre's Walk of Fame recognizes  Haygood's literary and journalistic contributions. A  former resident of the King-Lincoln District, his was the first name engraved on the tribute monument.