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Did You Know?
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...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted DECEMBER, 2007) [ 12-19-2007 ]
>>caption:   NORM ULLMAN<<       DID YOU KNOW there have only been two players in Red Wing history whose last name began with the letter "U"?       DID YOU KNOW both of those players pl...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted NOVEMBER, 2007) [ 10-24-2007 ]
      Celebrating their 50th anniversary in Detroit during the 2007-08 season, the Pistons were known for stars such as Yardley, DeBusschere, Bing, Lanier, Isiah, The Microwave, Joe D, Big Be...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted OCTOBER, 2007) [ 10-23-2007 ]
>>caption:   GEORGE YARDLEY<<       DID YOU KNOW the Pistons moved from Ft. Wayne, IND just a month before beginning their first Detroit- based regular season in the NBA?       The Piston...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted SEPTEMBER, 2007) [ 10-23-2007 ]
>>caption:   BENNETT PARK , CIRCA 1901<<       The design of Comerica Park was so universally criticized that its dimensions had to be altered just three years after it opened on April 11...
DID YOU KNOW ? (AUGUST, 2007) [ 10-23-2007 ]
    Mickey Lolich became one of the biggest Detroit Tiger pitching heros of all time even though the first decade of his career was a struggle to establish himself.     S...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted JULY, 2007) [ 10-23-2007 ]
      Most serious Detroit baseball fans know the 1881--88 National League team was named the Detroits and sometimes also called the Wolverines.       DID YOU KNOW the Detroit Tigers weren'...
DID YOU KNOW? (JUNE, 2007 & updated JUNE, 2013 and June, 2015) [ 06-06-2007 ]
    Called "The Real Life Crash Davis" for his minor league homerun hitting prowess, Toledo Mud Hens 1B-3Bman Mike Hessman entered June, 2015 with 424 career minors homers, just eight shy o...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted MAY, 2007) [ 02-26-2007 ]
      DID YOU KNOW a onetime Tiger pitcher is responsible for something which became a standard piece of equipment in every big league stadium?       Because of this he's known more for what...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted APRIL, 2007) [ 02-26-2007 ]
>>caption:  BASHIN' BOB<<     It's not uncommon to get traded in pro sports.     Sometimes you're wanted, sometimes you're not wanted and sometimes you're just a throw-in.     All of the...
DID YOU KNOW? (MARCH, 2007) [ 02-20-2007 ]
    As Detroit's NHL team prepped for a move from Border Cities Arena in Windsor to newly built Olympia Stadium it made a number of moves to improve the team.     The f...
DID YOU KNOW (FEBRUARY, 2007) [ 12-30-2006 ]
      The Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings existed as an NHL franchise for ten years before becoming the last of the "Original 6" teams to win a Stanley Cup. The Red Wings promptly...
DID YOU KNOW (first posted JANUARY, 2007) [ 12-29-2006 ]
      Terry Sawchuk's #1 jersey hangs in the rafters at Joe Louis Arena. He's the only goalie and only non-captain in Red Wing history to have his sweater retired.       However, Sawchuk nev...
DID YOU KNOW? (DECEMBER, 2006) [ 12-29-2006 ]
      The 42nd annual Great Lakes Invitational college hockey tournament came back to Joe Louis Arena the for final weekend of 2006.       DID YOU KNOW the 2006 field of...
DID YOU KNOW? (NOVEMBER, 2006, updated NOV 2012) [ 11-20-2006 ]
>>>caption:   LIONS BEAT BEARS 14-2 IN THE 1935 THANKSGIVING GAME @ UofD STADIUM<<<       The Lions host former Lions QBack Joey Harrington and the rest of the Miami Dolphins...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted OCTOBER, 2006, updated 2016 & 2017) [ 10-02-2006 ]
>>caption:  1908 CHICAGO CUBS, WHO WON TWO CONSECUTIVE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM THE TIGERS<<       DID YOU KNOW the Tigers are "Baseball's Last True Champions?"     Detroit won the...
DID YOU KNOW? (SEPTEMBER, 2006) [ 08-16-2006 ]
      Each new year brings new hope, even for long-suffering Detroit Lions fans.       Lion loyalists hope team President Matt Millen's fourth head coach hiring will get D...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted AUGUST, 2006) [ 08-15-2006 ]
      The first weekend in August of 2006 was the annual gathering of the "Mayo Smith Society" in Detroit. The fan club named in honor of the deceased manager of the 1968 World Seri...
DID YOU KNOW? (JULY, 2006) [ 08-15-2006 ]
      The Detroit Tigers hosted their fourth Major League Baseball All-Star Game last July 12th at Comerica Park (1941, 1951, 1971 at Briggs, then Tiger Stadium).       Th...
DID YOU KNOW? (JUNE, 2006) [ 08-15-2006 ]
    As the WNBA celebrates its tenth anniversary, one of it's most stable franchises is in its ninth year of operation.     Born in 1998 the Detroit Shock have four playoff...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted MAY, 2006) [ 08-15-2006 ]
      The Detroit Pistons were in the NBA playoffs for the fifth consecutive spring in 2006 and for the ninth time in eleven years.       Piston playoff appearances generall...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted APRIL, 2006, updated April 2017) [ 08-15-2006 ]
      The age old debate as to who was "The Greatest Baseball Player of All Time" will likely continue for all time.       Was it Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb?       Some historians even make a co...
DID YOU KNOW? (MARCH, 2006) [ 03-10-2006 ]
      The Tigers have held spring training in Lakeland, FLA since 1934, with the exception of three years (1943--45) during World War II when travel restrictions posted Tiger camp in E...
DID YOU KNOW? (FEBRUARY, 2006) [ 03-10-2006 ]
       Every Super Bowl has its "firsts" and this year's at Ford Field is no exception.       For instance, while it's the second hosted by the Detroit Lions, it was the FI...
DID YOU KNOW? (JANUARY, 2006) [ 12-06-2005 ]
    Before moving to the Motor City in 1957 the Pistons played in Ft. Wayne, IND.     DID YOU KNOW...Before the Pistons were a major pro team Detroit was a charter member...
DID YOU KNOW? (DECEMBER, 2005) [ 12-06-2005 ]
      The 9th annual Motor City Bowl takes place at Ford Field the day after Christmas with a 4pm kickoff on Monday, December 26th.       This year's contest sends MAC Champ...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted NOVEMBER, 2005, updated NOV 2012) [ 11-18-2005 ]
      The Lions' Thanksgiving Day game tradition began during the team's first season in Detroit in 1934. The brainstorm of Lions rookie owner G.A. Richards has been played every y...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted OCTOBER, 2005, updated OCTOBER, 2015) [ 10-27-2005 ]
>>caption:  THE OLD RED BARN<<         The Detroit Cougars/Falcons/Red Wings franchise has never won its first home opener in a new building.     The Cougars lost a 2-0 decision to th...
DID YOU KNOW? (SEPTEMBER, 2005) [ 10-27-2005 ]
    The Lions' season and home opening victory vs Green Bay at Ford Field on 9/11/05 gave Detroit its third consecutive year with a win in both the NFL season and home openers.  ...
DID YOU KNOW? (AUGUST, 2005) [ 08-15-2005 ]
    When the Tigers swept a doubleheader at Kansas City on 8/15/05 it marked the first time the Tigers had won both games of a twinbill in more than three years.     With t...
DID YOU KNOW? (first posted JULY, 2005) [ 07-02-2005 ]
>>caption:  MAC PRECEDED TRAM<<       Dick McAuliffe is best remembered as the scrappy 2Bman of the 1968 World Champion Detroit Tigers, but played most of his early MLB career at SStop. M...
DID YOU KNOW ? (first posted JUNE, 2005) [ 06-07-2005 ]
>>caption:   FRANK HOWARD<<       Major League Baseball returned to Washington in 2005 season when the National League Montreal Expos moved to D.C.       In modern MLB history two other c...
DID YOU KNOW? (MAY, 2005) [ 04-11-2005 ]
    CFielder Nook Logan was presented with the 2004 Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association "2004 Tiger Rookie of the Year" Award by DSBA President Kurt M. (Coach Kurt) Schneider prio...
DID YOU KNOW? (APRIL, 2005) [ 04-11-2005 ]
    22-year old Jeremy Bonderman, this season's Tiger Opening Day starter, was the youngest starting pitcher for Detroit in 77 seasons. Prior to Bonderman Detroit's youngest starting pi...
DID YOU KNOW? (MARCH, 2005) [ 02-27-2005 ]
      He led the Red Wings to a series of Stanley Cup Championships and when he retired he was the NHL's leading scorer. His name was Howe. But before there was Gordie Howe there was...
DID YOU KNOW? (FEBRUARY, 2005) [ 02-22-2005 ]
      The 1968 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers were a vastly different team than the 1967 Tigers who lost the American League pennant by just one game on the season's final day. A...
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