Detroit: City of Champions By Tim Janson - 07/28/2005 Amazon.com
Detroit: City of Champions is a nostalgic look back at the golden age of Detroit sports from the 1920's through the 1950's. Filled with wonderful vintage photographs, the book highlights the many great sports champions produced in Detroit and the great athletes who would become legends. Powerboat racing has been a major sport in Detroit for decades and the 20's focuses on the godfather of powerboat racing, Gar Wood. Wood would capture the prestigious Gold Cup for five consecutive years in the 20's and would win it a total of nine times throughout the 20's and 30's. 1926 would see the construction of the Olympia stadium, which would be home to the Detroit Red Wings for over fifty years and where they would win seven Stanley Cup Championships.
The 1930's were truly the glary age for Detroit sports. In 1935, The Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings all won the championships of their sports. The Tigers were leg by future Hall of Famers Charlie Gehringer, Hank Greenburg, and Goose Goslin. The Lions would win their first ever NFL title in 1934 defeating the NY Giants and the Red Wings would capture the first of their ten Stanley Cups. But these were not the only champions of that decade. Joe Louis would capture the Heavyweight title in 1938 and hold the belt for over eleven years, solidifying him as one of boxing's all-time greats. There's great photos of Louis in action, winning the title for the first time and later defeating Germany's Max Schmeling, as he carried the hope of an entire nation into the fight. The thirties also saw the start of a great holiday tradition as the Lions would play their first Thanksgiving game in 1934 and would continue on to today.
The 40's would see another Stanley Cup for the Red Wings in the 1942-1943 season and in 1946 a tall, think rookie made his debut, Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe. The Tigers would capture another World Series in 1945 defeating the Chicago Cubs and Joe Louis dominated the entire decade in the ring.
The 1950's was a dominant era in Detroit Sports as The Red Wings would win four more Stanley Cups and the Lions, led by all-time great QB Bobby Layne would win three NFL titles including a 59 - 14 route of the Cleveland Browns in 1957, the last Lions team to win a title. You'll relive all of these great memories with the spectacular, and action-packed photography included in the book. A must have book for any Detroit sports fan!
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