Gar Wood, speedboat king

Mechanic Orlin Johnson walks toward the bow of Miss America X while Gar Wood sits in the driver’s seat. This 1932 boat, Wood’s last speedboat, was the embodiment of perfection in performance. Gar Wood, whose hair turned white in his fifties, was nicknamed “The Gray Fox.” Gar Wood was only 5 feet 6 and never … Continue Reading →

The day the Tigers finally integrated

The Detroit Stars, circa 1920, inside old Mack Park. In the center, wearing the sweater, is owner Tenny Blount. Catcher/manager Bruce “Buddy” Petway is third from right. Eleven years after Jackie Robinson opened the door for blacks to play in the major leagues, the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox were the only two … Continue Reading →

Flying high with model planes

In 1912 William E. Scripps, son of the founder of The Detroit News James E. Scripps, taught himself to fly and became the first man in Michigan to own and fly an airplane, a Burgess-Wright Flying Boat. He took The Detroit News along for the ride, turning the newspaper into one of the earliest and … Continue Reading →

Those magnificent men in red

  By Joe Falls / The Detroit News   The Detroit Red Wings weren’t the Detroit Red Wings when the team was formed in 1926. They didn’t even play in Detroit. They were known as the Detroit Cougars, but they had to play across the river in Windsor, Ontario, because Olympia Stadium in Detroit had … Continue Reading →