Detroit City of Champions

The Great Depression. Detroit is ranked as the hardest hit city in America. 

Speramus Meliora Resurgent Cineribus

Akin to a miracle something incredible began to happen. Detroit began to win in a way that had never been seen before…or since. The Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won their first Championships. An unknown Joe Louis would rise to international super stardom. Speed boat racing, tennis, track and field, golf, bowling, swimming, firearms…champions all and all from Detroit. In this calendar year the city could claim 33 national championships. A celebration followed that has no equal in the annals of American sport. Holidays were declared, a plaque was signed by the president as well as every governor in the country recognizing Detroit as THE City of Champions…

…and then…the story was forgotten.

What happened in 1935? How did it happen? Why was it forgotten? Why should we care? These topics and many more will be explored by veteran radio host Jamie Flanagan and Author Charles Avison in this series of shows: Detroit City of Champions.

Episode 29: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 7: The Reluctant Star

Episode 29: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 7: The Reluctant Star In 1934-35 Jack Adams announced that Ebbie Goodfellow would be the captain of the Red Wings for life. Yet, only one year later Doug Young was named captain. Why? In today’s episode Jamie, Tom and Charles will explore this question and…

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Episode 28: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 6: Overhauling the Roster part 2

Episode 28: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 6: Overhauling the Roster part 2 Continuing the exploration of the Red Wings roster overhaul prior to the 1935-36 season; the focus turns to contributions from the minor league “Detroit Olympics.” While the Wings had played terribly in 1934-35, the Olympics had won the IHL…

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Detroit City of Champions – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Overhauling the Roster – Episode 27

Episode 27: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 5: Overhauling the Roster part 1 In each of his first seven seasons as Coach and General Manager Jack Adams had steadily built the Detroit hockey franchise into a championship contender. Or so it seemed. Following the Red Wings’ first Stanley Cup appearance in 1933-34…

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Detroit City of Champions – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 4: A Savior Arrives – Episode 26

The future of Detroit hockey was never more in doubt than it was following the 1931-32 season. The Great Depression had worsened and the Falcons were bankrupt. It was at this moment that a savior arrived to change the fortunes of the franchise and institute one of the most iconic brands in the history of…

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Detroit City of Champions – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 3: Jack Adams lays the foundation of Detroit Hockey – Episode 25

Episode 25: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 3: Jack Adams lays the foundation of Detroit Hockey Olympia Stadium is but a memory as “the Old Red Barn, however, once-upon-a-time it was “the New Red Barn” and it is into this era that Jamie, Tom and Charles will visit. The formative years of…

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Detroit City of Champions – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 2: Jack Adams “Skate like the devil and fight like hell” – Episode 24

Episode 24: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 2: Jack Adams “Skate like the devil and fight like hell” “Jovial John,” “Jolly Jack,” “Genial Jack.” These nicknames were but a few for Jack Adams who was to the Red Wings what Frank Navin was to the Tigers and Potsy Clark was to the…

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Detroit City of Champions – Episode 23 – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 1

Jamie, Charles and new regular, Tom Eurich, roll into the new year with an introduction to the origin of pro hockey in Detroit. The pursuit of Lord Stanley’s Cup was the driving force behind the evolution of the game. Out of that early evolution; two of the most iconic franchises in NHL history will be…

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Detroit City of Champions Episode 22: “The Golden Huddle” More voices from the past

Continuing the exploration of the Lions 50th anniversary, Jamie and Charles are joined by the only member of the media who was at the party; Tom Eurich. Recordings of Ed Klewicki, “Red” Stacy, Ernie Caddell and Abe Kushner are explored. The question is asked: why was Tom the only media member there? https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com

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Detroit Detroit City of Champions Episode 21: “The Golden Huddle” – Guest Tom Eurich – Part 5 – voices from the past

Continuing the exploration of the Lions 50th anniversary, Jamie and Charles are joined by the only member of the media who was at the party; Tom Eurich. Recordings of Ed Klewicki, “Red” Stacy, Ernie Caddell and Abe Kushner are explored. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com

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Detroit City of Champions – Episode 20: Special Guest Tom Eurich – The Charlie Gehringer interview

Tom Eurich returns for a fourth show to talk with Jamie and Charles about his friendship and conversations with Charlie Gehringer. An interview segment with the legendary Detroit Tiger second baseman is played on air for the first time in 14 years. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com

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