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“Sudden” Sam McDowell, Tribe’s Conflicted Star (With Bonus Trivia!): Reliving Yesteryear

When I am grilling in the backyard, my wife may ask me, “How long?” I’ll hold my cigar in one hand, measure the remaining length with the index finger and thumb of my other hand, and say, “This long.” She thinks I am hilarious (sarcasm alert). My wife is also familiar with one of my

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Reflecting on Lary Doby—while on a run through the park: Reliving Yesteryear

  I need to unwind. And maybe only peek at the Tribe game now and then, tonight. Enough said, in light of the way they’ve started the season. I feel lazy, but with a couple hours left until twilight on this gorgeous day, I think I’ll get out and run over to the park. T-shirt

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Reliving Yesteryear: A Young Tribe Fan Meets Buddy Bell, His Hero

Suddenly, he knew it was time to step up. The thirteen-year-old was among the throng of Cleveland Indians fans who’d arrived at the sunny public park in Willowick in 1973. Before the autograph session began, someone in charge unexpectedly invited questions for the Tribe’s third baseman of the present and future, Buddy Bell. Yes, he was

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Reliving Yesteryear: 1970 — The Curious Tale of Tribe Slugger Tony Horton (With Bonus Quiz)

“Wait, wait- stop. Whatcha got there?” The black borders were what caught my eye. The young boy had been flipping through the clear plastic pages of his baseball card album, which now lay open. Sure enough- those were 1971 Topps cards. The boy had them sorted by team, much like I did back in the

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Reliving Yesteryear: Cleveland Softball, Ted Stepien, and More Balls off Terminal Tower (Plus, a Quiz!)

Men’s amateur slow-pitch softball exploded in the 1970s. On any day of the week, teams could be found slugging it out on baseball fields all over the country. Softball had been played in northeast Ohio for fifty years, and was part of the evolution of baseball in Cleveland. Like hardball, it could be played at

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Remembering Yesteryear: When Tribe players caught balls thrown off Terminal Tower

He commonly was shirtless while grilling chicken in the backyard with my dad. Not that it mattered, but the effect was natural. My barrel-chested grandfather had the deep, permanent tan of a man who’d spent a lifetime of summers out in the Ohio sun. His hands were toughened from working the Geauga County farm for

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Reliving Yesteryear: April 16, 1940 — Bob Feller’s Opening Day No-Hitter

“Hey hon, I need an opening line for an article.” My wife’s eyes rose to mine, her posture at the kitchen table held in a subtle, Sunday crossword lean. With a mischievous smile:

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Reliving Yesteryear: The Fiery Ace of the Tribe, When Feller was a Rookie

(Sitting, with my cell phone at my chin as a microphone prop. Conjuring up my best Bob Costas voice.) “Decades later, notable events from baseball’s past can become footnotes in the annals of sports. Many are literally found in the sports page, under the heading of “On This Date.” Through most of the 20th Century,

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Reliving Yesteryear: A Look at the Pitching of the 1920 Champion Indians

“C’mon, loser.” The pitcher was accustomed to this particular moniker. Each of the half-dozen pharmacy technicians at the hospital addressed the others the same way. They were all in their twenties, at an age when most of their friends had graduated from college and were embarking on a ‘real’ career. These guys were smart, and

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Reliving Yesteryear: Cleveland Indians, Champs of 1920, Fighting? Really?

When was the last time you were in a fistfight? No sport’s history is as romanticized as baseball’s. This is especially so for the post-WWII height of its popularity, but it does extend back over its entire 120+ -year history. Early beat writers spent most waking hours with the teams they covered, especially when on

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Reliving Yesteryear: Tris Speaker Overcomes Denial; Embraces Trade to Indians

I hope it doesn’t sound mean, when I laugh. In no way do I blame him; the stakes are high, and a new father wants to protect his infant daughter. I have been in his shoes. But when I hear something that sounds like, “Someday, when the boys begin to show up for dates, I’ll

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Reliving Yesteryear: The Regrettably-Named “Dead Ball Era” in Cleveland

Lifting his gaze, he closed the thick reference book. Gabby raised her eyebrows with a blink of fur. Unmistakably, the Bichon-Yorkie mix was the girls’ dog. But what the alpha male in the recliner lacked in affection, he made up for in his reliability for remembering dinner. She was savvy enough to remain still, curled

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