The Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto

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Curse of Rocky Colavito by Terry Pluto
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The Curse of Rocky Colavito

A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump

by Terry Pluto

  • Softcover, 303 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • ISBN: 978-1-59851-035-5
The year's funniest and most insightful baseball book. — Chicago Tribune

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 seasons than Indians fans of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s. Terry Pluto takes a fond and often humorous look at “the bad old days” of the Tribe and finds plenty of great stories for fans to commiserate with.

Other teams lose players to injuries; the Indians lost them to alcoholism (Sam McDowell), a nervous breakdown (Tony Horton), and the pro golf tour (Ken Harrelson). They even had to trade young Dennis Eckersley (a future Hall-of-Famer) because his wife fell in love with his best friend and teammate.

Pluto profiles the men who made the Indians what they were, for better or worse, including Gabe Paul, the underfunded and overmatched general manager; Herb Score, the much-loved master of malaprops in the broadcast booth; Andre Thornton, who weathered personal tragedies and stood as one of the few hitting stalwarts on some terrible teams; and Super Joe Charboneau, who blazed across the American League as a rookie but flamed out the following season.

Long-suffering Indians fans finally got an exciting, star-studded, winning team in the second half of the 1990s. But this book still stands as the definitive story of that generation of Tribe fans—and a great piece of sports history writing.

Illustrations: 40 black-and-white photographs

Reviews
Pluto captures three decades of astounding futility . . . Irresistible. Like a nostalgic shuffle through your old baseball cards. — Kirkus Reviews
Is there anyone in sports fandom who has suffered more than a fortysomething Cleveland Indians baseball fan? Pluto says no, no one has suffered more, and makes his case in this 30-year history of a woebegone franchise. As always, Pluto entertains with his eye for the absurd and an ear for the strange quote. This will have wide appeal beyond Cleveland as fans in other cities learn that times aren't as tough as they thought. — Booklist
The year's funniest and most insightful baseball book. — Chicago Tribune
The Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump, by Terry Pluto
About Terry Pluto
Terry Pluto

Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The Plain Dealer. He has 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 The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), 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 in Akron, Ohio. More About Terry Pluto

Contains References to:

Rocky Colavito, Sam McDowell, Tony Horton,Ken Harrelson, Dennis Eckersley, Gabe Paul, Herb Score, Andre Thorton, Joe Charboneau, Hank Peters, John Hart, Mike Hargrove

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