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1935. The Great Depression. Detroit is ranked as the hardest hit city in America. Speramus Meliora Resurgent Cineribus Akin to a miracle something incredible began to happen. Detroit began to win in a way that had never been seen before…or since. The Tigers, Lions and Red Wings all won their first Championships. An unknown Joe Louis would rise to international super stardom. Speed boat racing, tennis, track and field, golf, bowling, swimming, firearms…champions all and all from Detroit. In t ...
 
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Detroit City of Champions – Detroit vs Green Bay the Rivalry Continues with Neal Ruhl- Episode 82 Neal Ruhl of Big D Energy at Woodward Sports joins us to discuss the importance of the Detroit Lions - Green Bay Packers coming up to decide a playoff spot. Neal is the voice of the Golden Grizzlies and Detroit City Football Club (DCFC). Jamie and Char…
 
Episode 81: Special Episode: Portsmouth Spartans “Iron Man Game” - 90th Anniversary Celebration The Iron Man Game. In the long history of the NFL perhaps no contest ever played evoked the essence of pro football’s soul like that which occurred in Portsmouth, Ohio on December 4th, 1932. Fired by the passion of a blazing feud the City of Portsmouth, …
 
Episode 78: Walter Hagen Part 13: The First Ryder Cup With the rise of the American Professional golfer came a continually growing public interest for a UK vs USA, head-to-head competition. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will explore Walter Hagen’s pivotal role in the first Ryder Cup. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroi…
 
Of all the luminaries which orbited around Walter Hagen, the man with whom he is most associated is the legendary golfer: Bobby Jones. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will explore the genesis of that association in the 1926 “Match of the Century.” https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFunny.com https://link…
 
Episode 76: Walter Hagen Part 11: Hagen in the Roaring 20’s The “Roaring 20’s” in America is often remembered from the perspective of the New York/Wall Street boom, the imagery of Hollywood, dancing “flappers” or prohibition gangsters. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will explore a different perspective: The Florida Land Boom. In which, Walter…
 
Episode 75: Walter Hagen Part 10: Birth of the Golf Tee For over 400 years golfers had sculpted their own golf tee, with a handful of dirt, at every hole! Over the course of a single exhibition tour in 1922 Walter Hagen and his trick shot partner, Joe Kirkwood, would relegate that practice into the realm of “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” In today’s …
 
Episode 74: Walter Hagen Part 9: Third Time’s the Charm By the end of 1921 Walter Hagen’s mantle glittered with the trophies of every significant golfing championship in the world…save ONE. The (British) Open had thus far eluded him on two occasions. However, before Hagen could make his third attempt he needed to raise money for the trip. In today’…
 
Episode 73: Walter Hagen Part 8: The American Invasion (Cont.) The conclusion of Hagen’s first attempt at winning The (British) Open and the impacts of American golfing culture on Great Britain. Following a year of absolute dominance of American Professional golf, in 1920 Walter Hagen set his sights on Britain. In today’s Episode Jamie and Charles …
 
Episode 72: Walter Hagen Part 7: The American Invasion Following a year of absolute dominance of American Professional golf, in 1920 Walter Hagen set his sights on Britain. In today’s Episode Jamie and Charles explore Hagen’s first attempt at The (British) Open and the many influences that US golfers would introduce as a result of this “American In…
 
Episode 71: Walter Hagen Part 6: The Haig Moves to Detroit Walter Hagen, born in Rochester, NY, golfed with kings, dined with maharajas and was arguably the most well traveled sports star of his era. How then did he come to identify Detroit as his “home?” In today’s episode Jamie and Charles will explore this question as well as his early impact on…
 
Episode 70: Walter Hagen Part 5: The Great War’s profound impact on Pro Golf The First World War had a tremendous impact on all American pro sports but the one which was arguably influenced the most, is, ironically, the least discussed: Golf. In today’s episode, Jamie and Charles explore that impact and Walter Hagen’s role at the very center of it …
 
Episode 69: Walter Hagen Part 4: The Fork in the Road Despite his solid performance at the 1912 U.S. Open, Walter Hagen still viewed baseball as his true calling. This view would be given further support when he was invited to Spring Training with the Phillies in 1913. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles explore this fork in the road and how a bou…
 
Episode 68: Walter Hagen Part 3: “The Greatest Game Ever Played” U.S. Open, Brookline Massachusetts, 1913. In only his second pro tournament, Walter Hagen found himself among the front runners in one of the most important golfing events in American History. Damn that 14th hole!! In today’s episode Jamie and Charles explore Hagen’s experience in “Th…
 
Episode 67: Walter Hagen Part 2: From Caddie to Club Pro From the earliest years of his youth Walter Hagen was immersed in the game of golf. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles explore this foundational period and how it would set the stage for the emergence of a legend. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJamieDetroit.com www.WearingFu…
 
Episode 66: Walter Hagen Part 1: A history of golf / introducing “The Haig” Among the brightest lights in the star-studded City of Champions universe was Walter Charles Hagen. The first club pro at Oakland Hills Country Club, Hagen would re-define the idea of what a golf professional actually was and in the process help elevate the city of Detroit …
 
Episode 65: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 15: The Pursuit of Excellence Among the pantheon of stars in the galaxy of Detroit sports, one would be hard pressed to find any as important or as forgotten as Garfield Arthur Wood. In today’s episode Jamie and Charles wrap up the story of his legendary career and explore the legacy of “The Gray…
 
Episode 64: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 14: The Madman’s Dream From a chalk drawing on the floor of his house to a fully built vessel the “Madman’s Dream” had come to life in the form of the Miss America X. Now it was time to test it! In today’s episode Jamie and Charles explore 12 days surrounding the 1932 Harmsworth race during which…
 
Episode 63: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 13: The Madman’s Dream From a chalk drawing on the floor of his house to a fully built vessel the “Madman’s Dream” had come to life in the form of the Miss America X. Now it was time to test it! In today’s episode Jamie and Charles explore 12 days surrounding the 1932 Harmsworth race during which…
 
Episode 62: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 12: Building the Miss America X Continuing the conversation with Roger Luksik at the Packard Proving Grounds; the genesis of the Miss America X is discussed. There is, perhaps, no boat which epitomized an era like “The Madman’s Dream” and today as she silently awaits a summer tour - her origin st…
 
Episode 61: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 11: A Trip to the Packard Proving Grounds - Special Guest - Roger Luksik In today’s episode Jamie and Charles take a trip to the Packard Proving grounds and tour the iconic Detroit institution with Packard Foundation President and Trustee: Roger Luksik. On location with the Miss America X. https:…
 
Episode 60: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 10: Kaye Don (cont.) Having lost the first heat of the 1931 Harmsworth race Gar Wood and his crew would need to completely rebuild the Miss America IX or defeat the following day would be certain. The conclusion to ”Episode 59: Kaye Don” will bring forth the voices of the past who once called Gar…
 
Episode 59: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 9: Kaye Don The death of Segrave spurred Britain into a national frenzy towards the winning of the Harmsworth Trophy. In today’s episode, Jamie and Charles explore the escalation of that pursuit and the greatest challenge Gar Wood had yet faced. https://linktr.ee/DetroitCityofChampions www.DJJami…
 
Episode 58: Gar Wood “The Gray Fox of Algonac.” Part 8: Death of a Speed Pioneer Gar Wood had thus far proved himself to be the undisputed master of speed on water, but, now, a new challenger to that dominance was about to emerge. Sir Henry Segrave was the king of speed on land and with virtually unlimited financial backing he intended on adding Wo…
 
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