Every City of Champions book was "numbered" up to 2000 but what is the significance of doing this? By numbering each book, it makes each copy "one-of-a-kind! Say for example you purchase Book #2. You open your book and see the number 1025/2000 inside the jacket. Of the 2000 copies, your book was the 1025th ever made. There will only be ONE #1025 ever made thus creating the possibility of a collector's premium for your book. There are Millions of Detroit Sports fans across the world and only 2000 will ever have a copy of the numbered books. Now, imagine that you purchase Book #3 and it also is #1025. This means that you have two MATCHING numbered books! Less than 500 matching numbered copies of books II and III will be released through Diomedea Publishing. Perhaps less than 50 matching numbers of Books I, II, and III.
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FIRST BOOK:
The first book of the City of Champions trilogy opens up a pandora's box of new information on the history of Detroit Sports. Whereas every other book focuses individually on the FIRST championships of: the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings; this book focuses on the unique impacts of them all winning in the SAME season and alongside the incredible rise of Joe Louis.
This is also the first book to explore the massive Masonic Temple celebration at the conclusion of the 1935-36 season and presents all the original articles and photos from the party which featured Joe Louis as the guest-of-honor. As well, this is the first publication since 1936 which shows the proclamations of Governor Frank Fitzgerald and the City Council of Detroit, declaring April 18th "Champions Day."
Other features of this book:
Extensive original newspaper photos and quotes, few of which have been seen since 1935-36.
A detailed Appendix of EVERY original play-by-play article from the Tigers/Lions/Red Wings first championships.
Included with every book are two bookmarks and a picture of Goose Goslin holding a goose!!
Each Copy is signed by Author Charles C Avison
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HIGHLIGHTS OF SECOND BOOK:
Where the first book focuses on the many EVENTS of 1935-36, this book begins the exploration into the individual PLAYERS of the City of Champions season.
While there is a heavy emphasis on Joe Louis and the 1935 Tigers, this book also contains a 40-page introduction about all the teams and makes a case for why 1935-36 should be regarded as "The Greatest Season in American Sport history.
There are many books on Joe Louis and the Tigers but this book differs on all of them in the following ways:
JOE LOUIS: A case is made for why Joe Louis' incredible 1935 season should be regarded as the "Greatest Individual Season" in American Sport history. It explores the connections between Louis and the 1935 Tigers and how both benefitted as a result. Hundreds of photos not seen in three quarters of a century including "magic eye" photos of virtually every one of his 14 fights in 1935.
1935 TIGERS: Quite simply, there is no other book that even comes close to exploring the importance of the 1935 Tigers as this book does. Before 1935 the Tigers were a "Detroit team" meaning that a majority of the fans who attended games were Detroiters. After 1935 the Tigers were a fascination to the entire State of Michigan. What was it about this very specific team which led to the transition?
As well, a staggering amount of new information is presented which overturns a great many outdated notions on the early history of the Tigers.
Features of "The Players" Volume I:
*Did you know that the first baseball movie with sound ever filmed was made in Detroit? All of the original articles including the film premier of the movie "Play Ball!" are presented as well as a special section about the exploits of George Moriarty, the producer of the film. One copy of the movie is also included with each copy of the book (click here to be redirected for more information on the movie itself).
*Timeline of World and Detroit sports events from 1934-36
*Extensive contemporary quotes and original newspaper photos
*An introduction to C.T. Statz' Run Production Average (RPA) copyright, 1982.
*Appendix sections on the sportswriters, the fans, and the Detroit Tigers scouting and development system in 1935
*Discussion of the ongoing modern day effort to "bring back" the City of Champions story
BOOK III: "The Players Volume II"
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The final book of the City of Champions trilogy was released on November 14th 2014! The book is numbered up to 2,000.
Highlights of Book III:
The final book of the trilogy is the culmination of six years of research on the player stories of the 1935 Detroit Lions as well as the 1935-36 Red Wings. There are extensive sections on Gar Wood and Walter Hagen as well as many short narratives on the many "minor" champions from this season, including Newell Banks, the 1935 World Checkers Champion!!
The amount of new information and photos is staggering and this book is 158 pages longer than the second with over 1,000 total photos. There are featured sections on memorabilia from the City of Champions party including an original Western Union telegram invitation to the party, and the only known original newspaper given away at the party itself. Virtually every sports card for every player has been obtained for use in this book as well as an Appendix section which features every card of every NFL and NHL player from this era.
Also in this book with regards to photos. This book will show a variety of game programs from the Lions seasons of 1934 & 1935 and will also have an example of a game program from every Red Wings' season from 1927-1937. Among these are a game program from the Rodeo at Olympia Stadium during it's inauguration week in 1927 as well as a game program from the very first game at Olympia!!
In short, this book is an ABSOLUTE MUST for anyone who is interested in any of the subjects just mentioned. It might be a bit bold to say, but it could quite possibly be the most visual sports book EVER made.