The picture above was taken on the field of Briggs Stadium (later known as Tiger Stadium), on October 3, 1945, before Game 1. From left to right we have, Fr. James E. Martin, CSB, legendary Catholic Central Football and Baseball coach (see Michigan Sports Hall of Fame entry here). Along with Fr. Martin are three of his "CC boys": Joe Stephenson ('39)-Cubs catcher, Art Houtteman ('45)-Tigers right-handed pitcher, and John McHale ('39)-Tigers first baseman.
From the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame entry for Fr Martin:
Initiated Catholic Central's athletic program, was instrumental strengthening Detroit's 16-team parochial league; won 15 consecutive baseball titles, 1935-49 winning 115, losing 7. His players came up through Detroit's Baseball Federation, with 3 Class E squads and an American Legion Team in sandlot baseball, which he directed. Won six football titles, '36, '37, '38, '42, '43, '45, winning 96, losing 36, 10 ties; won five city titles '38, '39, '42, '43, '45 (Denby tie); won six basketball titles '37, '44, '45, '46, '48, '49 with 170-39 record; staged CC-Boys Town Football games in Briggs Stadium, '44 (crowd 43,359, 14-14 tie) and '45 (crowd 37,500 losing 14-12). Many of his players advanced to the pro game. Inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
Thanks to Dr. Jerry Coyle (CC '47) for telling me about this picture at dinner last week, and then placing it in my hands less than 24 hours later-at a time when he had a lot of other things on his plate.
Pictured below is the cover of the Winter, 2013 Aluminator, the Detroit Catholic Central Alumni magazine. The issue focuses on athletic coaching at CC, and the cover features the bust of Fr. Martin, sculpted by Ed Chesney of the CC class of '41.