City of Champions Day - Free Admission!

April 20 2024 | 10:00am to 5:00pm

The 1935–36 seasons were a special time for Detroit's athletes, teams and especially, Detroit sports fansThe Detroit Tigers won the World Series, Joe Louis was the boxing champion, the Detroit Red Wings won their first Stanley Cup, and the Detroit Lions won their first National Championship. 

The Michigan Governor to declared Detroit the "City of Champions" with an official proclamation and the rest of the country agreed! 

Celebrate City of Champions Day on Saturday April 20 at the Detroit Historical Museum with a free day for all visitors.

Special events will include: 

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  

The Detroit History Podcast presents: He howled. He threw fire. And The Sheik dominated Detroit-area wrestling in the 1960s. The Detroit History Podcast kicks off its sixth season with a telling of his life and impact on popular cultureView video and images of the Sheik while listening to the story of The Sheik at this podcast launch party.  

Podcast team: Tim Kiska, Eric Kiska, Bob Koski, Kelley Kiska, Bill Kubota and Tony Mottley 

12:30 – 1 p.m.  

Visit with 25-year Detroit radio veteran Jamie Flanagan who co-hosts Detroit City of Champions Podcast with  author/historian Charles Avison. Detroit City of Champions podcast looks at the stories behind the 33 championships that took place in 1935 in Detroit.

– 1:45 p.m. 

Jeremy Dimick, Detroit Historical Society’s Director of Collections and Curatorial, will share the amazing sports story of the 1935–36 season, along with artifacts. 

2 – 2:30 p.m. 

Watch three inspiring Detroit icons cast their hands in cement! Their names and hand prints will be added to Legends Plaza for permanent display. 

  • Greg Kelser, sports analyst and broadcaster for the Detroit Pistons 
  • Huel Perkins, Emmy Award-Winning former news anchor for Fox 2 
  • Mickey Redmond, color commentator for the Detroit Red Wings 

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