Girl, You Have No Faith in OBP: Jack White Builds Youth Fields

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Neal Rubin, columnist for the Detroit News, sure knows how to whet our appetites for celebrity gossip. In his op-ed piece today, Neal hips us to a youth baseball field in suburban Detroit that was recently gifted a huge sum of money by a mysterious celebrity! Who could it be now?

You want to tell the story of the ball field, you have to mention the famous guy.

He's the one who wrote the checks, nearly $170,000 worth. But until now he wouldn't even let the Clark Park people mention his name, and he won't talk about what he did, because he doesn't want to be the star this time.

He grew up in southwest Detroit and he played ball at Clark Park. He knows who's been holding things together all these years -- the volunteers like Deb Sumner, and of course, Coach Mo. But the kids who scampered all summer across that sweet red clay infield can thank the boy Coach Mo knew as Jack Gillis, and music fans know as Jack White.

Oh, Jack White! No, not that Jack White or this Jack White, it's the rock 'n' roll Jack White of the new hit group The Dead Weather, formerly of the Raconteurs, formerly of the White Stripes, that rock group with his sister/wife.

At one point, White wanted to host a benefit concert for the field but instead decided to make a then-anonymous donation to the park he used to play on as a kid. This is just like the time Rod Stewart wired 30,000 pounds and ten coked-out supermodels to the Highgate Cricket Club back in '85.

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Back then Jack had problems putting on his uniform. The top button was always the hardest button to button.

Most of the funds went towards groundskeeping. You should have seen the dead leaves on that dirty ground.

Park post-donation: Steady As She Goes

Despite his charitable donation Jack is still finding it harder to be a gentleman everyday.

White wanted to be there to dedicate the field, but he heard the PA Audio system wasn't up to snuff.

It's a bit of a pitcher's park. The walls are 60 feet tall.

Get behind me, Jay Payton.

He would have bought equipment too, but he don't know what glove is.

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