The Indians tempted fate when they traded away Rocky Colavito in 1960. Young, strong, popular, and coming off back-to-back 40 home run/100 RBI seasons, he was the type of player you just don't trade.
Then, for the next thirty-three years, the Indians slumped miserably, finishing above .500 just six times, never higher than third in their division. Only pride and masochism brought fans back to drafty old Cleveland Stadium during those awful seasons, when even the most optimistic knew their hopes would be dashed by June.
* Softcover / 304 pages
* 5.5'' x 8.5''
* 40 Black-and-white photographs
* ISBN 978-1-59851-035-5
About the Author:
Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The
Plain Dealer. He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and
twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the
nation's top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a
nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has
received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was
inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame.
He is the author
of 23 books, including False
Start: How the New Browns Were Set Up to Fail, and Loose Balls, which
was ranked number 13 on Sports Illustrated's list of the top 100 sports
books of all time. He was called "Perhaps the best American writer of
sports books," by the Chicago Tribune in 1997. He lives with his wife,
Roberta, in Akron, Ohio.