Browns Town 1964
Cleveland's Browns and the 1964 Championship
by Terry Pluto
- Softcover, 318 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- ISBN: 978-1-886228-72-6
Pluto movingly reveals the substance of a mythic bond between men and a game, a team and a city—and thus lays bare how present-day pro football has surrendered its soul. Kirkus Reviews
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. Sportswriter Terry Pluto profiles the colorful players who made that season so memorable. He takes us through the entire 1964 season from training camp at Hiram College to the championship game in Municipal Stadium. Along the way he recreates an era and a team for which pride was not just a slogan.
They were a team of men in the truest sense of the words, men who didn't expect to be coddled, men who didn't believe the world should genuflect at the mere mention of their names. They had the greatest running back in the history of football, and a coach who wore a hearing aid. Their quarterback had a Ph.D. in math. They had a defensive end who was a preacher, and a halfback who became a millionaire. Together, they won it all.
Back before Free Agency, before shoe contracts and end zone dances, football was a tough game played by men who loved it. They had real jobs in the off season, as insurance salesmen or manufacturers' representatives, and they lived in the community where they played. They were grateful to the fans for their support and believed that nothing they accomplished was important unless the team won.
Illustrations: 25 black-and-white photographs
Terry Pluto's engrossing book tells the tale of a team in flux . . . A great book not only for any fan of football, Browns fan or otherwise, but also for anyone who loves a good story, well told. Cuyahoga Falls News Press
Pluto movingly reveals the substance of a mythic bond between men and a game, a team and a cityand thus lays bare how present-day pro football has surrendered its soul. . . . For Clevelanders, the 1964 championship will remain one of their most cherished memories. Thanks to Pluto, that moment has been lovingly preserved. Kirkus Reviews
In 1963, the Cleveland Browns's new owner, Art Modell, fired legendary coach Paul Brown. The next year new coach Blanton Collier led the team to the NFL championshipthe last title any Cleveland pro team would win. Pluto tells of the team's season and dramatic win over the favored Baltimore Colts. He adds memories from Jim Brown, Frank Ryan, Bernie Parrish, and other key Browns . . . A good regional sports pick, for Ohio and elsewhere. Library Journal
About 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:
1964 Football Championship, Art Model, Bernie Perrish, Bill Glass, Blanton Collier, Cleveland Browns, Dick Schafrath, Ernie Green, Frank Ryan, Gary Colins, Gene Hickerson, Jim Brown, Lou Groza, Municipal Stadium, NFL, Paul Brown, Paul Warfield