Just in time for the Indians’ 2014 Home Opener comes an image and story-filled book from author Vince McKee that provides Cleveland fans with a time capsule of words and wisdom. Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake is 124 chronological pages that take us from the day Dick Jacobs purchased the franchise all the way through the 2013 AL Wild Card Game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Fans of historical photographs will love the image of the last remnants of Municipal Stadium that graces the book’s opening chapter. There is a shot of a ticket stub from the 1994 Opening Day, several photos of Jacobs/Progressive Field over the years, and plenty of player images, from Albert and Omar to Carlos and Tito, spread throughout the book’s landcape.
The book reads well, telling important stories in vivid detail—the main players, the ultimate outcome and the impact each moment had on the 20 years that have been the Jacobs Field Era. It comes with forewords by legendary Tribe outfielder Kenny Lofton as well as former ace pitcher Charlie Nagy. McKee does a magnificent job of reaching into the history books, some times understandably better than others, providing a reminder to fans that this team has made the postseason eight times since the Gateway District venue opened it’s doors 20 years earlier.
Jacobs Field features exclusive interviews of players and front office personnel, taking readers inside the dugout and into the minds of the men who made the decisions that ultimately led to what was known as “The Era of Champions” as well as those who litter the team’s clubhouse today. It’s an easy addition to the shelves of fans of the Indians as well as Cleveland-based history.
Jacobs Field: History and Tradition at The Jake is published by The History Press, is available in e-book formats and can be purchased on Amazon or wherever books are sold. McKee is also the author of Hero and Cleveland’s Finest. He is holding author events on April 10 (Books-a-Million, Westgate) from 6-8 pm, 11 (Visible Voice, Cleveland) from 7-9 pm, and 12 (Barnes and Noble, Westlake) from 2-4 pm.