Tigers Refuse To Sign Negro Despite Threat DETROIT USfi — The Detroit Tigers have refused to make a definite commitment to sign a Negro baseball player despite the threat of boycott action against Briggs Stadium. Harvey Haiisen, Tiger president, said Tuesday a Negro ^-group which calls itself the Briggs Stadium Stadium Boycott Committee of Detroit Detroit demanded to know when the club planned to sign a Negro to a major league contract. "They insisted that we make such a commitment whether we had a qualified major league Negro Negro ballplayer or not," Hansen said. "We refused, however, to make a definite commitment, In spite of the threat of boycott. Hansen said he told the group the Tigers were making every effort effort to develop qualified big league players, regardless of color, and that Detroit would have a Negro player on its roster "at the *- 3 headed by the Rev. George Hill Jr., dean of the United Theological Seminary In Detroit, and claims a membership of about 40. Prior to Tuesday's meeting, the Rev. Hill said "we feel that the club has had ample opportunity and time to hire colored ballplayers." ballplayers."