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The beginnings of all things are small
To say that Diomedea Publishing and the "City of Champions Project" have humble origins would be an understatement. In 2005 while a senior at Western Michigan University Charles C Avison made a fantastic discovery. While taking a sports history class he happened across an unusual fact: In 1935-36 the Tigers, Lions and Red Wings had won their FIRST championships in the SAME season!
His initial goal was simply a two-page paper but there wasn't enough information in modern day books/internet to fill it! His next focus was a senior thesis based on this subject and when he turned to the original newspapers of 1935 to find more information he found something far greater than anything he could have imagined. A brief list of the events:
*THE RISE OF JOE LOUIS FROM AN UNKNOWN TO AN INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR
*THE TIGERS, LIONS AND RED WINGS FIRST CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE SAME SEASON
*30 OTHER CHAMPIONSHIPS IN VIRTUALLY EVERY SPORT
*A MASSIVE CELEBRATION DINNER AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE
*"CHAMPIONS DAY" A SPORTS HOLIDAY DECLARED BY THE GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN AND CITY COUNCIL OF DETROIT
*A GIANT COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE RECOGNIZING DETROIT AS THE "CITY OF CHAMPIONS" - SIGNED IN 1936 BY 48 U.S. GOVERNORS & PRESIDENT FDR!!
Following his graduation from WMU in 2005, a far more thorough investigation of this story was undertaken and so much information discovered that the first book of the City of Champions trilogy was written and published (2008) through a new Detroit based Publishing company called "Diomedea Publishing."
Following the successful release of the first book a determined effort to approach the local media to help promote the story was attempted and failed. Why did it fail? Perhaps it was simply indifference to a story which happened "before our time." Perhaps because the people who have made a living as THE authority on sports are reluctant to admit that there IS something they did not know. Perhaps a combination of all these factors and/or a combination of others. One thing is for certain, however. The 75th anniversary of 1935-36 came and went without a mention from the local media. Forgotten or ignored one can't have it both ways.
That being said, the push for telling this forgotten story continued from 2008-2014. Without the media attention which is so essential for book promotion, Charles took to the road to tell the story person-to-person at libraries, historical societies, cider mills, malls, art shows and anywhere that someone would listen to the story. He began to find allies in others with ideas that had likewise been shunned. Chief among these was CT Bartlett, whose fantastic discovery of an entirely new perspective on baseball has and will play a major role in the evolution of the game.
In addition to the full-time promotion of the City of Champions story from 2008-2013, research was undertaken into a new and far more ambitious book project. There were well over 150 players and athletes from 1935-36 who were just as forgotten as the events of the season they helped shape. EVERY player's story would be told in a book titled: "Detroit City of Champions: The Players."
Volume I of "The Players" was released on November 1st 2013 and Volume II on November 14th 2014 to complete the City of Champions trilogy.
What is next for Diomedea Publishing and the City of Champions project? Follow the story of how we WILL bring this story back through our new magazine: DETROIT SPORTS CONSUMER. A magazine dedicated to the idea that a great deal of talent exists in the Detroit Sports world which is either being trivialized, marginalized or ignored.
Detroit is a Renaissance city and the re-birth is at hand. It is well recognized that talent in the arts and literature are coming to Detroit but the question we at Diomedea Publishing are asking: "How can people in Detroit and Michigan share their talent with the world if their are no major independent publishing houses with which to do so?" If you have a talent or something to say to the world, find us, and we will listen with an open mind. We love the unique and there is more to our goals than just sports. We welcome the opportunity to hear your story.