The 1935 World Series saw the Tigers bring home their first fall classic title. It was also the Tigers fifth appearance in the fall classic since the founding of the team.
Coming off 21 consecutive wins in September the Cubs were the heavy favorite to win it all in ’35. The Tigers losing Hank Greenberg didn’t help their chances either. 1935 arguably was a great year for the city of Detroit outside of sports.
Despite the Great Depression hitting the city hard, the Tigers won the Fall Classic. The Detroit Lions followed that by winning the NFL Championship in ’35. Then the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in ’35-’36. The accolades earned the city of Detroit the title of “City of Champions”. That’s not to say that the Tigers win didn’t have an impact on Detroit.
It did, however, it seems like the combination of all the major sports teams winning championships did more for the city than just the Tigers winning their first fall classic. The City of Detroit set aside a day in 1936 to commemorate the wins that had occurred the previous year. In addition to the Tigers winning their first World Series, the Lions had their first NFL Championship, and the Red Wings won their first NHL Championship. The rise of Joe Louis as a heavyweight boxer was also commemorated on this day.
April 18 was designated as Champions Day in Michigan, and reportedly no other city has had winners in three out of the four major North American Sports.
For many modern-day Detroit Tigers fans, the next World Series on the list holds the greatest impact.