1966 National Champions 1969 National Champions 1970 National Champions 1971 National Runners-Up 1972 National Runners-Up 1974 National Champions 1975 National Champions 1978 National Champions 1979 National Runners-Up 1981 National Runners-Up 1983 National Runners-Up

1964 Altoona Regional Champions 1976 Livonia Regional Champions 1979 Livonia Regional Champions 1982 Livonia Regional Champions

Games Record Win% RF RA Diff
173 120 - 53 0.694 1235 798 +437

Joined 1961
First Tournament 1961
Last Tournament 1996
Franchise Status Defunct
   
Seasons 33
Regionals 9
Tournaments 31
   
Best Finish 1st
Worst Finish 11th
Average Finish 4th
DNQs 2
   
Upper Bracket 8
Lower Bracket 2

 

1st 7 Finalist 12
2nd 5
3rd 7 At or above
500
27
4th 2
5th 2
6th 1
7th 2
8th 1
9th   Below
500
4
10th 1
11th 3
12th  
13th  
14th  
15th  
16th+  

About Detroit

Once part of "The Big Four", Detroit, Michigan, had a long history of excellence in the AAABA. The name Adray is still highly-regarded in Johnstown to this day.

It only took Detroit four seasons to win their first crown. This happended in 1964 with Phil Frakes' Adray Appliance team. They started by winning a loaded 7-team Altoona regional that featured not only Detroit, but also Washington, Baltimore, and New Orleans. They opened with a 2-1 victory over Baltimore and ended with an 8-7 victory over the same team, this time in 11 innings. Both teams advanced to Johnstown and met once again on Saturday. Detroit had cruised to a 3-0 record, but lost 3-1 to the Marylanders. A win over Pittsburgh brought about a rematch, and this time Detroit pounded Baltimore 11-4. In the championship, Detroit defeated Buffalo 3-1.

Led by Al Favro, the Adray Appliance team won again in 1966. Detroit had back-to-back titles in 1969 and 1970 (Adray Appliance and Oakland Tool) and again in 1974 and 1975 (Adray Photo and Little Caesar's). The team's final championship was in 1978 courtesy Adray Appliance and manager Bob Atkins. Detroit never finished lower than 11th and won at least 1 game in every tournament. Two teams (1970 and 1975) finished with undefeated records.

After two runner-up efforts in the early 1980s, the Detroit franchise began to struggle. The 1985 club failed to advance out of regionals for the first time, as they suffered a 13-10 loss to regional winner New Orleans. Then, Detroit did not field a team in 1988 or 1991. The years 1992 to 1994 saw three disappointing finishes (11th, 8th, and 10th). In their final year at the 1996 Altoona regional, Detroit bested Baltimore (3-2) and Columbus (16-3), but fell to Altoona (22-1) and Baltimore (15-1).

 


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