Detroit City of Champions

1935. The Great Depression. Detroit is ranked as the hardest hit city in America....

1935. 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.

 

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All Episodes

Detroit City Of Champions -Episode 12: “Potsy” – The forgotten genius of George Clark

Continuing the exploration into Potsy Clark and the many foundational elements of the team that would become the Detroit Lions. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles take a deep...

Detroit City of Champions Episode 11: “Potsy” – The forgotten genius of George Clark – Part 1

Episode 11: “Potsy” – The forgotten genius of George Clark – Part 1 Potsy Clark. A name which should be synonymous with the Lions and revered in the annals...

Detroit City of Champions – Episode 10: “Tiger Cleanup”

A surprise gift of a 1934 newspaper issued the day after the Tigers pennant sheds light on a moment in Detroit history which should never be forgotten. In today’s...

Detroit City of Champions Episode 9: “Play Ball! Part 2: George Moriarty

Continuing the exploration of the forgotten, made in Detroit, first MLB motion picture with sound: “Play Ball!”- Jamie and Charles dive into the story of its director, George Moriarty....

Detroit City of Champions – Episode 8: “Play Ball!” – The Movie

Episode 8: “Play Ball!” The first MLB motion picture with sound – Made in Detroit Did you know? That the first MLB motion picture ever made, was made in...

Detroit City Of Champions – Episode 7: Stick a feather in your hat for the Tigers! Tiger fans in 1934-35

It has often been said that the 1934-35 Tigers were a “distraction” for Detroiters in the Great Depression. However, that description, while true, does not go far enough in...

Detroit City of Champions – Episode 6: “Great Expectations” – The 1935 Detroit Tigers

Was it a fluke? The Tigers got lucky in 1934. They avoided injuries, they got off to a hot start and every other team played poorly. So said the...

Detroit City Of Champions Episode 5: “Heartbreak” – The 1934 World Series

“The Deans do things to the Tigers.” So said the great baseball historian, Fred Lieb, in his iconic book on the Detroit Tigers. The Dean brothers, Dizzy and Paul,...

Detroit City of Champions – Episode 4 The Original “Bad News Bears” – The 1934 Tigers

Hope. Joy. Excitement! For a generation of Detroiters toiling in the economic darkness of the Great Depression these three commodities were in short supply. Little could they know, however,...