Terror in the City of Champions

Murder, Baseball, and the Secret Society that Shocked Depression-era Detroit


Book Description

A New York Times Bestseller
Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Winner in True Crime

  • Selected as one of “2016’s Great Reads” by NPR
  • Finalist for the 2016 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year
  • An unforgettable cauldron of history, crime, race, and sports

Now in paperback comes the critically acclaimed
New York Times Bestseller about a championship city haunted by a wave of racist terror. Detroit, mid-1930s was abuzz over its unrivaled sports success when gun-loving baseball fan Dayton Dean became ensnared in the nefarious Black Legion. The secretive, Klan-like group murdered enemies, flogged associates, and planned armed rebellion. The Legion boasted tens of thousands of members across the Midwest, among them politicians and prominent citizens—even, possibly, a beloved athlete. Award-winning author Tom Stanton has written a stunning tale of history, crime, and sports.

“[A] head-turning tale of the generally forgotten Black Legion terrorist group and Detroit in the 1930s.” —
US News & World Report

About Stanton, Tom

Tom Stanton is the author of several nonfiction books, among them the critically acclaimed memoir The Final Season and the Quill Award finalist Ty and The Babe. A longtime journalist, he teaches at the University of Detroit Mercy. Stanton co-founded and edited the suburban Detroit Voice newspapers, winning state and national press awards, including a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. He and wife Beth Bagley-Stanton live in New Baltimore, Michigan.