Detroit Champions' Day

April 18 2019 | 5:30pm to 9:00pm

In 1936, the Governor of Michigan declared April 18 "Detroit Champions' Day." "It is my earnest wish that citizens of the state will observe the day by a display of flags, banners and pictures of our champions when possible." Yes, Detroit has its own holiday dedicated to celebrating the city and the accomplishments of the people in it! 

Be a part of the 83-year old Detroit tradition at the Detroit Historical Museum. Learn about the evolution and history of Tiger Stadium where that famous field hosted nine World Series, three Major League All Star games, and was home to the 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 World Champion Detroit Tigers, and the 1952, 1953 and 1957 World Champion Detroit Lions.

Charles Avison, author of several Detroit sports history books including Detroit: City of Champions, will share the history of Chamions' Day.

Bill Dow, Frank Rashid, John Davids and Mike Betzold, co-authors of the book Tiger Stadium: Essays and Memories of Detroit’s Historic Ballpark, 1912-2009 (McFarland 2018), will discuss the history of the ballpark, including the public fight to save it, and share memories from players and fans. Architect John Davids will present a fascinating slide presentation using historic photos and drawings on how the home of the Tigers from 1896 to 1999 evolved from Bennett Park to Navin Field, Briggs Stadium, and Tiger Stadium. The authors will also be available to sell and sign their book.

See the 1935 Detroit Tigers World Champions Pennant from the Detroit Historical Society Collection on display for one night only!

Throughout the presentation and the rest of the evening, enjoy after-hours access to enjoy the entire Historical Museum, with drinks donated by Eastern Market Brewing Co, featuring their specialty made Champions' Day IPA. The celebration will take place in the Lindell AC exhibition.