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Bill Gadsby Olympia Stadium Lot The Bill Gadsby Collection Edna Gadsby Letter
Lot #545

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Bill Gadsby Olympia Stadium Lot The Bill Gadsby Collection Edna Gadsby Letter
Lot #545

GAMEWORNAUCTIONS.NET is pleased to present The Bill Gadsby Collection. This exciting collection of memorabilia comes directly from the personal collection of 8-time NHL All Star and Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby. These items were obtained directly from Bill’s wife, Edna Gadsby. A signed letter from Mrs. Gadsby will accompany your purchase.

This lot contains items related to Olympia Stadium which opened its doors in 1927 and was home of the Detroit Red Wings until 1979. The NHL Cougars played their first game at Olympia Stadium on November 22, 1927. The Cougars were later renamed the Falcons and then finally in 1932, were named the Detroit Red Wings by new owner James E. Norris. In addition to the Red Wings, Olympia was also home to minor league hockey and The Detroit Pistons from 1957-1961. It hosted the NBA All Star game in 1959 and the NCAA Frozen Four in 1977 and 1979. Olympia also hosted plenty of boxing (Jake LaMotta defeated Sugar Ray Robinson), professional wrestling, the American Legion Convention, the Harlem Globetrotters, Ice Capades, Johnson’s Ice Follies as well as many concerts including the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Elvis Presley.

Included in the lot is a lithograph by Paul H. Adams, autographed by Dennis Hextall, Bill Gadsby (d. 2016), Gordie Howe (d. 2016), Gary Bergman (d. 2000), Johnny Wilson (d. 2011) and Sid Abel (d. 2000). Also included is an overhead photo signed by Bill Gadsby and Gordie Howe, a plaque, (6) photos signed by Bill Gadsby and 4 photos taken during its demolition.