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For Love of The Game...

For more than a quarter century, my brother David and I have been servicing Detroit sports fans. Our careers began at the age of 13 and 11, respectively, as peanut hawkers outside of Tiger Stadium on the corner of Cochrane and Kaline Drive. A few years later, with the guidance and support of our wonderful parents and sisters, we opened what soon became a Detroit institution: The Designated Hatter, located just west of Tiger Stadium on Michigan Avenue.

Today, at our same location, we continue our commitment to Detroit’s sports fans with our latest venture: Detroit Athletic Co. The mission of Detroit Athletic Co. is to accurately preserve and champion the rich sports history of our city.

What follows on these web pages is a unique compilation of the finest Detroit related sports products from around the country resulting from thousands of hours of research and analysis. Our goal is to bring our customers the most authentic collection of Detroit sports paraphernalia ever assembled.

Enjoy.

Steve Thomas
President, Detroit Athletic Co.