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 – Episode 17 “The Golden Huddle” – Special Guest Tom Eurich – Part 1

In 1985 the Detroit Lions celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first championship with a party called “The Golden Huddle.” Radio man Tom Eurich covered the event in great detail and is in studio to talk with Jamie and Charles about the many things he learned before, during and since. The first of a series…

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Detroit City of Champions Episode 16: “Iron Men” – The Esprit de corps of the first Detroit Lions

Continuing the exploration of the Detroit Lions arrival to Detroit, Jamie and Charles seek to identify who this team was. What was there style of play? Who were the leaders? What made them different from their arch rival Chicago Bears? Link to the 1934 Bears vs. Giants NFL Championship (with Bronko Nagurski): Link to the…

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Detroit City of Champions – Episode 15: Detroit Red Wing Drew Miller and the fans

On December 15, 1935 the Lions won the NFL Championship, Joe Louis won the Associated Press Athlete of the year award, the Tigers had already won the World Series, and the Red Wing moved into first place for the first time in years. All intersecting on December 15. The fans went wild. The City of…

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Detroit City of Champions – Episode 14 Episode 14: “Potsy” -Part 4: The 1935 Detroit Lions

The stunning on-field success of the Lions inaugural 1934 season may have looked great on paper but for George “Potsy” Clark it was just another season in which he had failed to win the NFL championship. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will discuss the radical corrective measures that Potsy took and how the border…

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Detroit City of Champions – Episode 13: “Potsy” – The forgotten genius of George Clark – Part 3

Potsy. From High School State Champion, to College National Champion and American Expeditionary Force Champion of World War I. George Potsy Clark was a winner everywhere he went and only one challenge remained: NFL Champion. From 1931 to 1933 Potsy had built a team in Portsmouth, Ohio that fought nose to nose with the mighty…

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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 dive into the 1932 NFL Championship Game as well as the growing rivalries between the Bears, Packers and the Portsmouth Spartans. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com

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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 of Detroit Sports History, yet, is virtually unknown. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will turn the page from the Tigers and start the exploration of…

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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 episode Jamie and Charles explore this newspaper and cleanup a few stories on the Tigers and George Moriarty which were not discussed in prior episodes. www.DetroitCityofChampions.com…

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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. A Detroit Tiger legend of the highest order and a character par excellence, George Moriarty was also a Tiger manager, an umpire and a poet. All…

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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! “Play Ball!” was filmed in Detroit during the 1934 season. It was written and directed by Detroit Tiger legend: George Moriarty, financed by the Fisher…

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