St Cecilia's Gym in Detroit, Michigan was anointed in 1968 as "The Little Big House," St. Cecilia is still going strong. It has since been renamed the Sam Washington Gymnasium.
This used to be their playground. Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas. George Gervin, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Dave Bing. On and on, the names of famous players roll — men who brought their game to this small red brick gym, and made it the epicenter of basketball in Detroit. Some came to St. Cecilia Gym as high schoolers dreaming of the future. Magic Johnson, for instance. Some as collegians, honing their games for a national title run. Michigan's Fab Five all played here. Some came as pros, because this was the place to be, if a man wanted to go against the best. In the heyday of the 1980s and '90s, there were July nights that the Ceciliaville summer league might have had the best collection of basketball talent in the world. In Detroit, St. Cecilia came to mean to the game what the Motown studios meant to music.