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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Detroit Lions Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials


Fall 2022: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Lions poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Detroit Lions – The Team Name 
This franchise was established in 1930. The team has been known as: Portsmouth Spartans 1930 - 1933 Detroit Lions 1934 - present 

2. Detroit Lions – The Championship Record 
Four NFL Championships: 
December 15, 1935 Detroit 26, NY Giants 7 
December 28, 1952 Detroit 17, Cleveland 7 
December 27, 1953 Detroit 17, Cleveland 16 
December 29, 1957 Detroit 59, Cleveland 14 

Eight Conference/Division Championships: 
1935 NFL Western Division 
1952 NFL National Conference 
1953 NFL Western Conference 
1954 NFL Western Conference 
1957 NFL Western Conference 
1983 NFC Central Division 
1991 NFC Central Division 
1993 NFC Central Division 

3. Detroit Lions – Home Stadium History 
1. Universal Stadium, Portsmouth OH 1930-33 
2. University of Detroit Stadium, Detroit 1934-37 
3. Briggs Stadium / Navin Field / Tiger Stadium, Detroit 1938-74 
4. Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac MI 1975-2002 
5. Ford Field, Detroit 2003-Present 

4. For more information on the Lions, you should bookmark these four great websites: 
For a huge amount of great historic player and team information: and 

For a great summary of the Lions' year by year standings: 

For great information about the team's stadiums (don't be fooled by the fact that the website is called "", it also has great information on football stadiums): 

5. Celebrate the Lions' uniform history by owning a piece of history: 
If you love the Detroit Lions and the history of the Lions franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! 

There are only 16 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 16 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out. These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). 

Each piece can be bought one of three ways: 
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left) 
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version) 
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)  

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Detroit Lions YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork. 

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel 

And please search my blog archive for other blogs on the history of the Lions. 


This blog was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 17, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ! 

Many thanks!!! 

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