“The Freedom of Information Act is a critical and sometimes underappreciated tool that allows all of us access to the records of our government. It was through the act that I obtained copies of more than nine hundred pages of FBI documents related to the Black Legion. These proved vital.” -Tom Stanton
In the mid-1930s, Detroit reigned as the City of Champions. Within a six-month span, the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings won a World Series, NFL title, and Stanley Cup — a major-sports trifecta achieved by no other American city before or since — and it happened as undefeated local boxer Joe Louis was becoming a national sensation. As the successes mounted, the national media made heroes of the city’s sports stars, and Detroit grew almost delirious, the string of victories providing a sweet diversion from the Great Depression.
But beneath the jubilance, a nefarious plague was spreading unchecked. A wave of mysterious crimes had police baffled: bodies dumped along roadsides, suspicious suicides, bombings of homes and halls, flogging victims who refused to speak, assassination plots. All were the work of the Black Legion, a secret terrorist organization that flourished in Detroit until the summer of 1936.
Award-winning author Tom Stanton will take us through a stunning tale of history, crime, and baseball in 1930s America.
Join us in the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse on June 16. RSVP required to attend.
Autographed and personalized copies of “Terror in the City of Champions” will be available for purchase. The author will sign only books purchased in the Clubhouse.
Tom Stanton is author of several nonfiction books, among them the critically acclaimed Tiger Stadium memoir “The Final Season” and the Quill Award finalist “Ty and The Babe.” A journalist for more than thirty years, he co-founded The Voice Newspapers in suburban Detroit and served as editor for 16 years, winning numerous press awards, including a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan.