Indians

What Do Tom Candiotti and Tommy John Have in Common? Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Featured, General

Pete Rose, and HOF eligibility: A Tribe Fan’s Perspective

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

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Indians

Tribe Fans Need to Know Lefty Weisman: Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Indians

“Glory Days in Tribe Town” – A Discussion With Author Terry Pluto

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

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Indians

1957: The end of an era, for catcher Jim Hegan and the Tribe

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

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Indians

Rookie Tribe Manager Frank Robinson Grants a Tryout to T.J. O’Hays

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

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Cavaliers

The Expansion Cleveland Cavaliers of 1970: Bill Fitch Establishes a Culture

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

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Cavaliers

World B. Free, George Karl, Harry Weltman, and the 1984 Cleveland Cavaliers: Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Cavaliers

The Life and Times of the Cavs’ Luke Witte and Jim Brewer

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

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Cavaliers

Nate the Great Returns Home; a Cavalier ‘Miracle’ Ensues – Reliving Yesteryear

(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

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Cavaliers

We Love Z: Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Browns

Do it, Pruitt: Reliving Yesteryear

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,

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Browns

Browns QB George Ratterman’s unbelievable journey: Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Browns

Lyle Alzado, the Heart and Soul of the Kardiac Kids: Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Browns

Five Things Paul Brown Was Not – Reliving Yesteryear

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

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Browns

Talking About Clay Matthews: Reliving Yesteryear

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.

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Browns

The 1984 Browns: A Bridge Between Eras

The changing of the guard in Cleveland.

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Browns

Bill and Bernie’s 1993 Power Struggle

Wherein “diminishing skills” lives on in infamy.

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Browns

Of Paul Brown and Radio Helmets

Did I catch a “niner” in there?

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Cavaliers

George Steinbrenner, Jerry Lucas, and the NBA in Cleveland?

George Steinbrenner wanted to bring the NBA to Cleveland. WFNY takes a look at the New York Yankees owner’s brief foray into basketball.

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