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DID YOU KNOW ?  (APRIL, 2017) [ 04-02-2017 ]
>>caption:  FRANK BANCROFT, THE FATHER OF OPENING DAY CELEBRATION<<     Tiger Opening Day in Detroit is an unofficial Michigan holiday.     Opening Day heralds the real beginning of spr...
MARCH 2017 [ 04-02-2017 ]
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DID YOU KNOW?  (FEBRUARY, 2017) [ 02-20-2017 ]
    In the early 1900s professional hockey seasons were a fraction as long as today's 82 game NHL regular season.     Therefore it's no small wonder that 200 career goal scorers were a...
DID YOU KNOW?  (JANUARY, 2017) [ 01-15-2017 ]
    One of the first things the legendary Jack Adams did when installed as Coach/GM of the Detroit Cougars (Red Wings) in 1927 was acquire future Hall-of-Famer Edward Reginald "Reg" Noble from...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted NOVEMBER, 2015) [ 11-03-2015 ]
    When the Detroit NHL franchise first moved into Olympia Stadium, the Cougars (now Red Wings) also located their top farm club in the same building.     The Detroit Olympics, first o...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted AUGUST, 2008 & updated SEPTEMBER, 2015) [ 09-01-2015 ]
    A long ago Detroit ballplayer was a member of four big league teams including three different major league franchises which exist today, but in a different form.      DID YOU KNOW infi...
DID YOU KNOW? (June, 2015) [ 06-12-2015 ]
    On June 9, 2015 the Detroit Red Wings introduced Jeff Blashill as the 27th head coach in franchise history.     The 41-year old Blashill became the first Detroit native and first Amer...
DID YOU KNOW (first posted  OCTOBER 2013) [ 10-29-2013 ]
>>caption:  CAMPANERIS THREW HIT BAT AT LaGROW IN GAME TWO OF THE 1972 ALCS<<     It's Halloween week and, just like you and me, the Tigers are watching the World Series on television....
DID YOU KNOW?   (first posted JANUARY, 2013) [ 01-13-2013 ]
>>caption:   PARISCLEANS PLAYED AT OLYMPIA IN THE MOHL's FINAL SEASON OF 1941-42<<       Detroit was home to not only the NHL Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings, but also to numerous minor pro and...
DID YOU KNOW?   (first posted OCTOBER, 2012) [ 10-09-2012 ]
      Miguel Cabrera captured MLB's first Triple Crown in 45 years when he hit .330 with 44-HR & 139-RBI in 2012.       Cabrera was the first Latino player and the first born outside the Un...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted in JULY, 2011) [ 07-13-2011 ]
>>caption:   ALL-TIME ALL-STAR BAT CHAMP CHARLIE GEHRINGER<<      The old baseball adage of good pitching beats good hitting has been proven time and again in post-season play. It's also...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted SEPTEMBER, 2010) [ 09-01-2010 ]
>>caption:   BOBBY "LINC" LOWE<<       The famed double play combination of Tinker, Evers and Chance first appeared together in a Chicago Cubs lineup on September 1st of 1902 when the Cubbies...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted AUGUST, 2010) [ 08-13-2010 ]
>>caption:   BOSS ROSS<<       August is known as the month where baseball begins to wind down and football begins.       In the NFL August is the month for pre-season games, otherwise kn...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted MAY, 2010) [ 05-27-2010 ]
    Eight different University of Detroit baseball players reached the major leagues before the UDM Titans dropped baseball as a varsity sport in 2004.      The most famous Detroit Titans b...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted APRIL, 2010) [ 03-02-2010 ]
      For those of us who spent much of our lifetime at Tiger Stadium, it's hard to believe Comerica Park is already a decade and a half old.       Opening Day is a springtime holiday in...
DID YOU KNOW (first posted FEBRUARY, 2010) [ 02-01-2010 ]
      Current Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman, a former Red Wing VP and GM of Team Canada, was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto in the autumn of 2009 after a...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted NOVEMBER, 2009) [ 11-17-2009 ]
      Although it's become a laughingstock this century, there was a time when the Lions' annual Thanksgiving Day game was a classic event.       Detroit was known for tw...
DID YOU KNOW?  (first posted OCTOBER, 2009) [ 10-20-2009 ]
      The 1950s glory days of the Detroit Lions are remembered for three NFL World Championships and the leadership of gunslinging QBack Bobby Layne.       However, the offensive escapades o...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted AUGUST, 2009) [ 10-20-2009 ]
caption:   MATTY McINTYRE<<       Hot-tempered Tiger great Ty Cobb was known for his battles with umpires, opposing players, spectators, groundskeepers and even a Detroit butcher shop owner...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted JULY, 2009) [ 07-21-2009 ]
      Tiger CF Curtis Granderson scored the winning run in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game as the American League edged the Nationals 4-3 in St. Louis, MO.       Tigers have been key performers in...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted JUNE, 2009) [ 06-02-2009 ]
      DID YOU KNOW Justin Abdelkader of the Red Wings became the first player in NHL history to score goals in games one and two of the Stanley Cup Finals before he'd ever potted a previous...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted MARCH, 2009) [ 02-24-2009 ]
    Spring Training actually begins with more than a month remaining in winter.     However, just the mention of the word "Spring" makes us up north in Michigan feel as warm inside as it ac...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted FEBRUARY, 2009) [ 02-15-2009 ]
      The first 3-goal Hat Trick in Chicago Black Hawks history came on February 19th of 1927.       That trio of goals were scored in a Chicago road win against Detroit before the team had...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted JANUARY 2009) [ 01-05-2009 ]
      The New Year's Day 2009 NHL "Winter Classic" at Chicago's Wrigley Field (RED WINGS 6, Blackhawks 4) was the third modern outdoor game.       The outdoor event sparked some historian...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted DECEMBER 2008) [ 01-05-2009 ]
      Douglas Gordon Young is one of the more forgotten figures in Detroit hockey history, yet his contributions helped turn the young NHL franchise from a doormat to a title winning team....
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted OCTOBER 2008) [ 10-10-2008 ]
      Igor Larianov’s 2008 election to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto made the “Russian Professor“ the 60th Red Wing to be enshrined in the Hall.       Perhaps the most anonymous of al...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted AUGUST 2008, updated 2015) [ 10-10-2008 ]
   A long ago Detroit ballplayer was a member of four big league teams including three different major league franchises which exist today, but in a different form.       DID YOU KNOW infiel...
DID YOU KNOW? (MARCH, 2008) [ 05-31-2008 ]
DID YOU KNOW Alex Delvecchio and Ted Lindsay wore the same number as Red Wings?    Delvecchio's familiar #10 and Lindsay's #7 are retired in the rafters at The Joe. However...  ...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted FEBRUARY, 2008) [ 02-26-2008 ]
    There are more than 100 honorees in the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame located inside the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI. Only three of them are ice hockey play...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted in JANUARY, 2008) [ 01-29-2008 ]
      DID YOU KNOW Wayne State University celebrated the 90th anniversary of its first athletic competition in January, 2008?       January 19, 1918 saw the debut of the men's basketball sq...
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