A Cleveland sports classic, now back in print in quality trade paperback.No sports fans suffered more miserable teams for more seasons than Indians fans from of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Terry Pluto takes a fond and often humorous look back at "the bad old days" of the Tribe and finds plenty of great stories for fans to commiserate with. The definitive book about the Indians of that generation, and a great piece of sports history writing.
Iconic ballplayer Rocky Colavito captivated fans during the 1950s and 1960s with his movie-star looks, boyish enthusiasm, powerful bat and cannon-like arm. This biography of “the Rock”—the first in more than half a century—recounts his origins in an Italian immigrant family, his close friendships with Herb Score and Roger Maris, and his rise through the minors to become one of the Cleveland Indians’ most beloved players—who retired with the third most home runs by a right-handed AL batter. The author also examines the controversial trade that sent Colavito, the AL’s 1959 home run champion, to the Detroit Tigers for batting champion Harvey Kuenn. Colavito’s departure was a crushing blow to Indians fans and the team’s subsequent 34–year slump was dubbed “the Curse of Colavito.”
“A beautiful, absolutely unforgettable memoir.” — Booklist A son, a father, a baseball team . . . This remarkable baseball memoir will touch the heart of any baseball fan who has ever shared a love for the game with a parent or child. Award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito) tells the story of a son and a father and the relationship they shared through their resilient devotion to one particularly frustrating baseball team, the Cleveland Indians (who always seemed to need just one more run to win). The story includes the joys and struggles of growing older together, of coping with a sick parent, and, finally, of burying the man who indelibly shaped his son’s life. It also includes a lively history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, full of personal recollections about remarkable players and memorable moments from seasons past. For so many people, baseball remains an important bridge across generations, sometimes the only topic of conversation when all other topics seem threatening. Absorbing his father’s love for the game, and their team, Pluto grew to understand and respect the often distant man who allowed himself few pleasures besides baseball in a life built around laboring to provide for his family. This book celebrates our ability to make that connection through baseball. It is a heartfelt, memorable tale.
This volume of Contemporary Authors® New Revision Series brings you up-to-date information on approximately 250 writers. Editors have scoured dozens of leading journals, magazines, newspapers and online sources in search of the latest news and criticism. Writers appearing in this volume include: Gail Anderson-Dargatz Valerie Martin Isidore Okpewho Philip Roth
Baseball, more than any other sport, inspires widespread research and publication. The literature of baseball is vast and continues to grow at a fantastic pace. Conversely, bibliographical control in this area has, until recently, seriously lagged. With over 57,000 entries, this massive three-volume set is the largest and most comprehensive non-electronic, non-database, print bibliography on any major American sport. This second edition brings the author's 1986 book up to date with the tremendous body of baseball literature published in the last 20 years. Represented here are books and monographs; scholarly papers; government documents; doctoral dissertations; masters' theses; poetry and fiction; novels; pro team yearbooks; college and professional All-Star Game and World Series programs; commercially produced yearbooks; and periodical and journal articles, including the first-ever complete analysis of the major diamond-oriented contents of ""Baseball Magazine"", ""Baseball Digest"", ""Sport"", ""Sports Illustrated"", and ""ESPN: The Magazine"", among others. Data includes biographical references to 3,904 major league players, and an appendix offers a full list of the 1,712 journals, periodicals and magazines cited. The work is fully indexed by subject and name. The book is published as a set of two volumes. Replacement volumes can be obtained individually under ISBN.
Propelled into the World Series in 1995 for the first time since 1954, the Cleveland Indians proved to the world they are no run-of-the-mill team. This comprehensive volume covers all of the team lore and legend, the controversies, the triumphs, and the heartaches. It includes 200 player profiles, season-by-season descriptions of unforgettable moments and memories, 700+ illustrations, extensive statistics, the World Series championships, and an immense treasure of little-known facts. The second edition of The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia has been completely updated from its original release in 1996.
How a Small-Market Team Reinvented Itself as a Major League Contender
Author: Terry Pluto
Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
Category: Sports & Recreation
An in-depth, inside look at how the Cleveland Indians' front office took their team apart and rebuilt to become contenders again in spite of modern baseball's competitive imbalance. Veteran sportswriter Terry Pluto had unprecedented access. He delivers a wealth of detail that will intrigue serious fans and fantasy leaguers.
Frank Robinson was one of the greatest baseball players of the 20th century. He was Rookie of the Year for the Cincinnati Reds in 1956, won the Triple Crown in 1966, led the Baltimore Orioles to four World Series appearances, and is the only player in baseball history to be voted Most Valuable Player in both the American and National leagues. When his playing career was over, he became the first black manager in both leagues and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982. Amid these accomplishments, he continually strived for recognition—as if he had something to prove—and as a manager demanded respect from his players and his bosses. This is a biography of a man who “crowded the plate” in all aspects of his baseball life.
Most Indians Fans know who Bob Feller is and have attended a game at Progressive Field. Names like Lou Boudreau, Bob Lemon, and Larry Doby are just as familiar as Corey Kluber, Michael Brantley, and Jason Kipnis. But even the most die-hard fans don't know everything about their beloved Indians. In 100 Things Indians Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, Zack Meisel has assembled the facts, traditions, and achievements sure to educate and entertain true fans. From the incredible legacy of Tris Speaker and memories from Cleveland Stadium to how the movie Major League has taken root in fans' hearts, this is the ultimate fanatics guidebook to all things Cleveland Indians. Learn about the team's history in Cleveland as the Naps; the 455-game sellout streak; and modern stars such as Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, Roberto Alomar, and Omar Vizquel. Meisel has collected every essential piece of Indians knowledge and trivia, including stories about the 1920 and 1948 World Series, the Drummer, and the hiring of Terry Francona, as well as must-do activities, and ranks them all from 1 to 100, providing an entertaining and easy-to-follow checklist as you progress on your way to fan superstardom.
Baseball: 1862 to 2003 is a weekly review of the 2003 baseball season, written as the events of 2003 were happening, and looking at them through the lens of baseball history to show how events from baseballas past resonate today. Indeed, the national pastimeas rich history a stretching from the 19th century to the 21st century a provides a variety of examples that illuminate the events of 2003. Baseball: 1862 to 2003 looks at timely historical events and ties them to a story from 2003as headlines, sometimes comparing the past and the present, sometimes contrasting the two, sometimes using a past event as a jumping-off point to look at what happened in 2003. Stories like: Pete Rose, the Hall of Fame elections, the awful Detroit Tigers, Sammy Sosaas corked bat, Roger Clemensa 300th win, acurses, a 20-game losers, playoff failures, and the World Series. Itas baseball, from injuries to uniforms to interleague play to team nicknames.
The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, 6e continues its tradition of innovation with ground-breaking coverage of grading, service learning, document design, and research. Already the most imitated book in its field, SFH/6e becomes the first handbook to offer a full chapter on "Evaluating Writing," covering both traditional and portfolio systems of grading. The new chapter answers many of the questions about grading principles, criteria and procedures that instructors face every term. There's more, too, in this edition about the kinds of writing more and more college writers are doing in their professional and civic lives or in service-learning courses. Already a leader in technology, SFH now expands its first-ever treatment of document design into a fully illustrated section that explains document design as a process like writing itself. There's a thorough new chapter with full coverage of Writing for the Web and a portfolio chapter of four-color model documents. Coverage of research continues to set the standard for college projects with new material on designing research projects, evaluating sources, and working with online materials. A series of "E-tips" here and throughout the volume directs writers to helpful online materials to enhance their thinking and research. But the edition has not neglected more traditional elements of writing. Every chapter has been reworked to enhance clarity and to polish the notably friendly style of SFH. No handbook addresses writers more cordially or helpfully. A new, cleaner design makes all materials more accessible and frequent photos and images make the entire package more student friendly. Now updated to include the latest information on APA documentation style.
Now in paperback. The best columns from one of Northeast Ohio's most popular sportswriters ever. Terry Pluto has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has been named Ohio Sportswriter of the Year six times, and has won more than 50 national and state writing awards. This book collects his best Akron Beacon Journal columns about Northeast Ohio sports -- Indians, Browns, Cavs, high school, and more -- from the past decade. It's his first column collection. (He is author of 18 other sports books, including "The Curse of Rocky Colavito.")
The Most Memorable Heroes, Heartaches & Highlights from the Past 50 Seasons of Cleveland Indians Basbeball
Author: Don Fox
Publisher: Gray Publishers
Category: Sports & Recreation
This is a fan's nostalgic reminder of the great (and some not-so-great) moments in the last 50 years of Cleveland Indians baseball. From the 1948 World Championship through some laughably bad seasons in the 1970s and 1980s to the championship seasons of the mid-1990s, this roller-coaster collection celebrates the top 350 highlights. Just mention a couple of them to any Indians fan and you'll see the reaction: The Trade. Ten-Cent Beer Night. Len Barker's perfect game. Albert Belle's corked bat. The memories roll on ...
Cleveland's top sportswriter Terry Pluto wonders why, 66 long years after their team's last championship, despite a relentless pattern of heartbreak, teasing, and more heartbreak, capped with a decade of utter futility, fans still stick with the Cleveland Browns. Nobody's in a better position than Pluto to learn why: He gets a daily barraged of emails from readers letting their hearts bleed out, orange and brown. For this book he asked, and they told him, What is it about this team that makes you love them, hate them, and keep coming back for more? Covering the Browns from 1965 through present day, it includes stories from fans and former Browns players, as well as Pluto's expert analysis. It does for Cleveland football what Pluto's classic book about the Indians, "The Curse of Rocky Colavito," did for Cleveland baseball: It won't make the pain go away, but it might help you remember why it's worth enduring.
A vivid portrait of a team, a sport and its far-reaching influence. The Detroit Tigers are a curious reflection of America's post-war urban society and this book illustrates the inextricable links between this team and its hometown.