My confidence was growing to new heights. By now, I’d become Eckersley-level cocky. My weird, throw-it-with-all-my-might pitch was still fairly unpredictable, but I’d suddenly stumbled into learning to keep it somewhere in the strike zone. I could always throw sweeping curves and sliders, but they broke slowly and consistently. Roger had long shown the ability
On April 8, 1975, Frank Robinson broke the color barrier for managers in MLB by becoming a player-manager for the Indians. During the game, he crushed a home run that can be heard as the youthful Herb Score and Joe Tait make the call just after the 13 minute mark during this historic game. Thanks
Tribe fans: Tom Candiotti and Tommy John share some things in common. How many can you think of? For added fun, we’re including an old-school, game show ‘ding’ for each time something in common is mentioned. Here: Try it out! Let’s begin with a warmup: Most sports fans would agree that the parents of Candiotti
Oh, no doubt. It was entirely predictable. It was just a matter of time until momentum began to build, in earnest. Public sentiment for Major League Baseball to restore Hall of Fame eligibility to Pete Rose was bound to reach the tipping point at which we find ourselves today. After all, we are a forgiving
Tris Speaker loved him. The Boston Red Sox center fielder had become one of the biggest stars in baseball in the years immediately preceding the Babe Ruth era, along with Detroit’s Ty Cobb. “Spoke” frequented the newsboy’s corner, a coveted (and fought-over) spot at Fenway Park — Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue — and was entertained by
Question: Among all of the beloved Cleveland Indians of the 1990s, what in particular do the following players have in common: Omar Vizquel, Manny Ramirez, and Sandy Alomar? Pause and consider if you like, but don’t worry. What follows is a clue, and then the answer. The clue is this: What Omar, Manny, and Sandy
No, honest: Spring is approaching. I know because I just followed the progress of the Tribe’s equipment trucks’ sojourn to Goodyear, much like a small child refreshing noradsanta.org to track the location of the jolly man’s sleigh. Their pitchers and catchers are already beginning supervised workouts in the warm sun of Arizona. It’s a time
Oh, so you’ve never heard of T.J. O’Hays? Well, until 1975, neither had new Cleveland Indians manager Frank Robinson. Over the previous six winters, the major league veteran Robinson had managed Cangrejeros de Santurce (the Santurce Crabbers) of the Puerto Rican winter league. The league consisted of six teams, and the Santurce club was its
Shaping the culture of any group can be an elusive endeavor. Just as with corporate entities, athletic teams are partly defined by written and unwritten rules of how their members work with each other and outsiders. Do you recall… NBA commissioner David Stern’s announcement, from New York’s Madison Square Garden: “With the first pick in
Question: What do the following Cleveland professional team owners have in common: The Indians’ Hank Greenberg and Vernon Stouffer, the Browns’ Art Modell, and the Cavaliers’ Ted Stepien? Answer: As Cleveland fans know, they each at least had a plan in place to move one of our beloved franchises out of town. The fact that
By Season 4, the nascent Cleveland Cavaliers were beginning to enjoy the fruits of the player development they’d begun in 1970. Third year star shooting guard Austin Carr would lead the team in scoring at 22 points per game. Strong forward Bingo Smith and power forward Dwight Davis would average in the teens, while Davis
(Thinking to myself, on the couch near the fireplace, sealed away from a sub-zero wind chill): Z’s jersey banner sure looks great up there at the Q. So: now there’s Z, Brad, Mark, and Nance; Bingo, AC – and Joe Tait. There’s one more- it’s on the tip of my tongue… I must close my
The sports radio host was laughing. That much seemed obvious enough, although for the moment the broadcast hung in dead silence. Eventually, he could be heard banging his hand on the table before he noisily inhaled and the guffaws began in earnest. That’s why they call them the Cleveland Cadavers! After all, by the mid
I don’t wear the jerseys of my favorite sports figures. Hey, to each his own—if that’s something you are into, have at it. Maybe it’s just that since I am old enough to be the father of all college and most pro athletes, it would feel strange. If I were to own player jerseys, however,
It was comical, the way some of the public testimony contrasted with the erudite proceedings. Interrogator: “The Cincinnati newspapers run advertisements as to the gambling places open for business (just across the river) in Newport (Kentucky).” Subject: “I never read them.” Okay. Interrogator: “(So: you are) the only man in that entire vicinity who didn’t
The years 1979, 1980, and 1981… Are they really thirty years ago? Does it seem so long ago that… In world news: Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile? The move set in motion the Iranian hostage crisis. Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, after his predecessor “resigned” Ronald
You know some things to be true. That they may technically only be your opinions is just noise. You’re right, and when others disregard or disbelieve you, a certain amount of frustration builds. At least if you are like me, anyway. Not to mention when you encounter resistance to demonstrable facts. Twenty years ago- when
Ryan is a younger guy at work who loves the Cleveland Browns. He’s a little immature, and just a bit of a nerd. Not too backwards, however, to preclude a solid shot at growing up by the time he decides he’d like to find a nice woman to settle down with. I like the guy.
The changing of the guard in Cleveland.
Wherein “diminishing skills” lives on in infamy.