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War of 1812 National Archives Film

Andrew Norton

Learn about the War of 1812 and the importance of the Great Lakes in this short film. The fall of Detroit on August 16, 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813 were two important moments in the War of 1812. The British Navy's defeat in the Battle of Lake Erie gave us the famous quote from Oliver Hazard Perry, "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."

Today's News across Michigan - April 11, 2011

Andrew Norton

Bringing you a smattering of some of the top news stories in Michigan headlines today, April 11, 2011. This Michigan Civil War Veteran was actually a woman - Michigan Civil War veteran, Frank Thompson, was actually Emma Edmonds who may or may not have deserted the Union Army due to an alleged affair with a married officer.

Michigan toddler gets an alcoholic drink at Applebee's - A mother ordered her son an apple juice and he received margarita mix instead.

War of 1812 road gets historical designation - Remnants of a hastily built road to Detroit during the War of 1812 received the honor of being named to the National Register of Historic Places this past January.

Skateboarders in Marquette set a new Guinness World Record - When 341 skatboarders participated in a parade on Sunday, they set a new Guinness World Record for most skateboarders in a parade.

Northern Michigan and the Civil War - Part one of a three part series chronicles the role that Northern Michigan's isolated residents played in the Civil War.

1945 World Series footage of Detroit Tigers versus Chicago Cubs

Andrew Norton

Major League postseason play kicks off today and my beloved Tigers didn't make it (again) this year. Here is a look back at some footage of the Tigers 1945 World Series victory over the Chicago Cubs. Hank Greenberg made his triumphant return from WWII after his discharge in June of 1945 to lead the Tigers to the championship. Although his legs weren't the same as when he left the game when drafted into service in 1941, Hammerin' Hank's bat was still crushing the ball. A grand slam in the final game of the 1945 season clinched the pennant for the Tigers. They would go on to win the 1945 World Series against the Cubs 4 games to 3.

At the end of the clip below you will see Hank Greenberg smash a grand slam home run in Game 7. It was part of a five-run first inning that propelled the Tigers to the victory, 9-3.

On a side note, the 1945 World Series is also the start of the famed "Billy Goat Curse" when Billy Sianis brought his goat to Wrigley Field for Game 4 of the series. He and his goat were denied admission to the game so he put a 'hex' on the team.

Limited number of collectible Mackinac Bridge posters available

Andrew Norton

The Michigan E-Store has a black and white print of the Mackinac Bridge (30" by 12") available for $6 (which includes shipping and handling). This was one of the four posters designed to commemorate the bridge's 50th anniversary back in 2007. The original four posters sold out rather quickly so I don't expect this one to be available for long. Purchase the Mackinac Bridge poster