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.

Detroit City of Champions – The 35-36 Red Wings Part 13 Post Season: “The Longest Game” – Episode 36

While most of the 1935-36 Red Wings season has been relegated to the dusty shelves of history, a singular, iconic event is often given a bright light. Little could the team know that their first game of the playoffs would also be the longest ever played in the history of the NHL. Whereas all current…

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Detroit City of Champions – The 35-36 Red Wings. Pt 12 Regular Season: “Coup De Grace” – Episode 35

The 1935-36 Red Wings regular season had thus far been wild ride of extreme highs and lows with plenty of obstacles to overcome. Now, however, as it drew to its conclusion only one stood in their way: the Chicago Blackhawks. In today’s episode Jamie, Matt and Charles explore the importance of the penultimate game of…

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Detroit City of Champions – The 1935-36 Red Wings. Pt 11. The Regular Season: “The All O’s Line” – Episode 34

As the Red Wings fought their way through 1935-36 they suddenly found themselves in the huge predicament of losing two of their best players. In today’s episode Jamie, Matt and Charles explore this crisis and just how important the minor league “Detroit Olympics” were in its resolution. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com www.PodcastDetroit.com

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Detroit City of Champions – The 1935-36 Red Wings. Pt 10. Regular Season: “Dogfight” – Episode 33

Episode 33: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 10. The Regular Season: “Dogfight” Continuing the exploration of the Red Wings 1935-36 season Jamie, Charles and Matt Fox dive into games 26-33 (out of 48). A brutal stretch of road games which would see them face off twice against their Blackhawk nemesis as well…

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Detroit City of Champions – The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 9 : The Regular Season – Episode 32

Episode 32: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 9: The Regular Season December 15th, 1935. It was on this date that the “City of Champions” story truly began. Prior to this date, Detroit was home to the World Series Champion Tigers. After this date the city was home to to the Tigers, the…

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Detroit City of Champions – Champions’ Day April 18 Live from Detroit Historical Museum – Episode 31

“Champions Day! Only one city in the whole world could hold such a holiday as Detroit is celebrating today. Detroit, the City of Champions! Detroit, the Capitol of the sports world.” These words were typed by Edgar Hayes of the Detroit Times Newspaper 85 years ago on the date of the first Champions Day: April…

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Detroit City of Champions – The 35-36 Red Wings Part 8: The “Hitless Wonders” – Episode 30

Episode 30: The Story of the 1935-36 Red Wings. Part 8: The “Hitless Wonders”   After years of laying the foundation for professional hockey in Detroit; Jack Adams was ready to face his biggest challenge. The city was full of winners and if the Red Wings had any chance of establishing themselves they MUST be…

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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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