A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
by Chuck Heaton
- Softcover, 204 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-59851-043-0
Hall of fame football writer Chuck Heaton looks back at his 47 years covering the Cleveland Browns.
Heaton spent an incredible five decades covering the Browns—the “old Browns” teams that fans still miss. He reported on the Browns for the Plain Dealer from 1946 to 1993—nearly the entire history of the original Cleveland franchise.
In this series of memoirs, written shortly before his retirement, Heaton reminisces about the great players he got to know, like Jim Brown, Otto Graham, and Leroy Kelly; masterful head coach Paul Brown; colorful characters like equipment manager Morrie Kono; even notorious Browns rivals like Oilers' coach Jerry Glanville and Steelers' owner Art Rooney. He recalls the relaxed atmosphere of training camp at Hiram College, and shares tales of life on the road with the team (including some memorably bad hotels).
If you're a Browns fans who remembers the old teams, you'll fondly recall the glory days in these old-fashioned, personal stories. If you're a younger Browns fan, you'll find out why everyone still longs for them.
Illustrations: 24 black-and-white photographs
An insider's tale of training camps, terrifying plane rides, hopeful Hall of Fame nominations, emergency stitches, an emotional locker room when JFK was shot, kind words about former Steelers owner Arthur Rooney and more . . . A perfectly packaged read for Browns fans who think they know all the ins and outs of the franchise . . . A front-row seat to a team history that stretches back more than half a century. Cleveland Magazine
Fans of football (or any other sport, for that matter) as it used to be will particularly enjoy the piece on page 157, titled “The Year Sports Lost Its Innocence”. It's enough to make a grown person cry! coolcleveland.com
Heaton's work is an easy read, as he colorfully describes the building of the franchise which Paul Brown wanted to become “the New York Yankees of pro football” . . . It gives great insight into the team that captured the hearts of Northeast Ohio sports fans. Cuyahoga Falls News Press
These readable short essays, each complete in itself, are fun for people who remember the old team and people who wonder what all the fuss is about . . . Readers can also learn what it was like to travel with the Browns. Morning Journal
About Chuck Heaton
Chuck Heaton was honored with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 when he received the prestigious Dick McCann Memorial Award, awarded to one journalist each year for a lifetime of excellence in football reporting. Heaton began writing as a city reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1942 and stayed with the paper for 51 years. In 1946 he eagerly accepted a job writing in the sports department and in 1954 began covering the Browns as a football writer. Heaton was one of the first electors to the Hall of Fame in 1963 and served in that role for thirty years. In 1990 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992. He retired from The Plain Dealer on October 1, 1993. He was chosen by Leroy Kelly to be his presenter when Kelly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994. More About Chuck Heaton
Contains References to:
Paul Brown, Jim Brown, Hiram College, Otto Graham, Dick Schafrath, Art Modell, Casey Coleman, Bob Gain, Paul Wiggin, Marion Motley, Blanton Collier, Jerry Sherk, Abe Gibron, Lou Groza, Bobby Mitchell, Brian Sipe, Red Right 88, Forrest Gregg, Sam Rutigliano, Morrie Kono, Leo Murphy, Dr. Vic Ippolito, Ernie Green, Gene Hickersonm, Leroy Kelly, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arthur Rooney, O.A. Phillips, Houston Oilers, Jerry Glanville, Chuck Noll, Jack Lambert, Detroit Lions, Joe Namath, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Colts, Dante Lavelli, Bill Willis, Paul Warfield, Mike McCormack, Frank Gatski,