Join us for a virtual event to celebrate the launch of Richard Bak’s newest book, "When Lions Were Kings: The Detroit Lions and the Fabulous Fifties!"
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
from 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sponsored by Wayne State University Press
This event will also be streamed to Facebook Live via the Wayne State University Press page.
In the 1950s, the Detroit Lions were one of the most glamorous and successful teams in the National Football League, winning championships in 1952, 1953, and 1957, and regularly playing before packed houses at Briggs Stadium. In "When Lions Were Kings: The Detroit Lions and the Fabulous Fifties," journalist and sports historian Richard Bak blends a deeply researched and richly written narrative with many rare color images from the decade, re-creating a time when the Motor City and its gridiron heroes were riding high in the saddle.
During this virtual event, Richard Bak will talk about his new book, take questions from the audience, and also host a giveaway of some Detroit Lions swag, including a vintage pennant (circa 1950s) with an estimated value of $100. Attendees will also have a chance at winning a personally inscribed copy of the book!
What people are saying about the book:
"Thanks to Bak’s research and storytelling, When Lions Were Kings is a tremendous read. In addition to describing the Lions’ exploits during their most spectacular decade, Bak provides an enormous amount of interesting detail on fans, wives, girlfriends, mascots, water boys, night clubs, and Detroit itself. He’s written a cultural history as well as a football history." –Bill McGraw, longtime Detroit Free Press reporter, editor, and sportswriter
"At long last, Richard Bak has provided us with a definitive and colorful retrospective of the Detroit Lions in their decade of dominance. You’ll thank him for placing readers inside Briggs Stadium to watch Bobby Layne, Doak Walker, Joe Schmidt, Yale Lary, and a cast of characters march up and down the field to gridiron glory."
– Bill Dow, Detroit journalist and sports historian
RICHARD BAK was born and raised in Detroit. He is the author of many award-winning books and articles about Detroit, including biographies of Ty Cobb and Joe Louis and histories of Tiger Stadium and Detroit’s Negro Leagues.
DateWednesday, December 9, 2020