About Terry Pluto

Gray & Company, Publishers

Terry Pluto, author of The Franchise

Photo © Phil Masturzo

  • Facebook

Terry Pluto

Terry Pluto has been a sports columnist for the Akron Beacon Journal for more than 25 years. 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 an eight-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. He is the author of 21 books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), Browns Town 1964, and Loose Balls, which was ranked at 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 in Akron, Ohio.

Books by Terry Pluto

Faith and You Vol. 2 by Terry Pluto
Faith and You Vol. 2
More Essays on Faith in Everyday Life
by Terry Pluto

More from "the sportswriter who writes about faith" . . . Here's a second helping of Terry Pluto's plain and personal musings on topics we all face in everyday life: insults and what they really mean, prayers that don't seem to get answered, endless  . . . [Read More]

Faith and You Vol. 1 by Terry Pluto
Faith and You Vol. 1
Essays on Faith in Everyday Life
by Terry Pluto

“ Sometimes I wish my minister would read his column instead of the sermon!”

That's the kind of response Plain Dealer columnist Terry Pluto draws from devoted readers of his faith column. Although best known as an award-winning sportswriter, Pluto ha . . . [Read More]

Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball by Terry Pluto
Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball
Stories from a Hall-of-Fame Sports Broadcasting Career
by Terry Pluto | Joe Tait

Joe Tait is like a family friend to three generations of Cleveland sports fans. This book celebrates his Hall-of-Fame broadcasting career with stories from Joe and dozens of fans, media colleagues, and players.

He was “ the Voice of the Cleveland Cav . . . [Read More]

Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns by Terry Pluto
Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns
by Terry Pluto

Here's a question for any Browns fan: Why?

Why, more than four long decades after your team's last championship . . . despite a relentless pattern of heartbreak, teasing, and more heartbreak . . . capped with a decade of utter futility . . . do you  . . . [Read More]

Dealing by Terry Pluto
The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame: How a Small-Market Team Reinvented Itself as a Major League Contender
by Terry Pluto

For Indians fans who want to know what goes on inside the front office, this book tells all. It's an in-depth look at how the team was taken apart and rebuilt as a contender again in spite of Major League Baseball's competitive imbalance.

Tribe fans . . . [Read More]

The Franchise by Terry Pluto
The Franchise
LeBron James and the Remaking of the Cleveland Cavaliers
by Terry Pluto | Brian Windhorst

Two award-winning sports journalists give an in-depth look at how a team and a city were rebuilt around superstar LeBron James.

When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, an entire city buzzed with excitement. After all, h . . . [Read More]

The Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto
The Curse of Rocky Colavito
A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump
by Terry Pluto

A classic look at those years of baseball futility and frustration that make the rare taste of success so much sweeter.

Any team can have an off-decade. But three in a row? Only in Cleveland. No sports fans suffered more miserable teams for more se . . . [Read More]

False Start by Terry Pluto
False Start
How the New Browns Were Set Up to Fail
by Terry Pluto

Browns fans: Your team never had a chance.

That's what Terry Pluto, one of Cleveland's top sportswriters, realized after taking a hard look at the unhappy beginnings of the new Cleveland Browns franchise. This book chronicles what he found: backroom  . . . [Read More]

Browns Town 1964 by Terry Pluto
Browns Town 1964
Cleveland's Browns and the 1964 Championship
by Terry Pluto

The inspiring story of Cleveland's last champions: The 1964 Cleveland Browns.

A nostalgic look back at the remarkable story of the upstart AFC Cleveland Browns' surprise championship victory over the hugely favored Baltimore Colts in 1964. Sportswrit . . . [Read More]

Our Tribe by Terry Pluto
Our Tribe
A Baseball Memoir
by Terry Pluto

A son, a father, a baseball team . . . This remarkable baseball memoir will touch the heart of any baseball fan who has ever shared a love for the game with a parent or child.

Award-winning sportswriter Terry Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito) tell . . . [Read More]


Browse Books