Gray & Company, Publishers


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

An in-depth look at how a team and a city were rebuilt around LeBron James . . .

When the Cleveland Cavaliers drew the top pick in the 2003 NBA draft, the entire city buzzed with excitement. How often does a superstar come along? Especially for Cleve . . . [Read More]

Day of the Dawg by Hanford Dixon
Day of the Dawg Softcover / eBook
A Football Memoir
by Hanford Dixon | Randy Nyerges

Popular and outspoken NFL cornerback Hanford Dixon offers an inside look at the turbulent, exciting, and frustrating Cleveland Browns seasons of the 1980s. A three-time Pro Bowler and co-inventor of the Dawg Pound, Dixon recalls both the roller-coast . . . [Read More]

Pitchin' Man: Satchel Paige's Own Story by Satchel Paige
Pitchin' Man: Satchel Paige's Own Story eBook / eBook
by Satchel Paige | Hal Lebovitz

The first autobiography by Leroy “ Satchel” Paige, one of the best and most colorful pitchers in the history of professional baseball. Based on interviews conducted by Cleveland sports writer Hal Lebovitz, this book was first released shortly after Pa . . . [Read More]

Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball by Terry Pluto
Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball Softcover / eBook
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]

Pass the Nuts by Dan Coughlin
Pass the Nuts Softcover / eBook
More Stories About The Most Unusual, Eccentric & Outlandish People I've Known in Four Decades as a Sports Journalist
by Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin serves up a second rollicking collection of stories about colorful characters and memorable events from his four decades covering sports for Cleveland TV and newspapers.

Meet the gun-toting fanatics of Morgana Park— once home of “ the mos . . . [Read More]

Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns by Terry Pluto
Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns Softcover / eBook
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]

Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It by Dan Coughlin
Crazy, With the Papers to Prove It Softcover / eBook
Stories About the Most Unusual, Eccentric and Outlandish People I've Known in 45 Years as a Sports Journalist
by Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin isn't crazy, but for 45 years he covered sports in Cleveland, which means he lived life under a full moon. In this book, the award-winning Plain Dealer and WJW-TV reporter reflects on the most unusual, eccentric and outlandish people and . . . [Read More]

The Browns Fan's Tailgating Guide by Peter Chakerian
The Browns Fan's Tailgating Guide Softcover
by Peter Chakerian

Browns fans know: It's not if you win or lose . . . it's how you party in the parking lot before the game!

Now it's easy for any Browns fan to tailgate like a well-seasoned veteran. This book shares tips from Cleveland's top tailgaters— about where t . . . [Read More]

Dealing by Terry Pluto
Dealing Softcover
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]

Browns Scrapbook by Chuck Heaton
Browns Scrapbook Softcover / eBook
A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
by Chuck Heaton

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 Deale . . . [Read More]

The Top 20 Moments in Cleveland Sports by Bob Dyer
The Top 20 Moments in Cleveland Sports Softcover
Tremendous Tales of Heroes and Heartbreaks
by Bob Dyer

Relive the 20 most sensational events in Cleveland sports history. These are the moments Northeast Ohioans still talk about, decades later— and will probably continue to debate, bemoan, and otherwise cherish for generations to come.

Many are known by . . . [Read More]

Ask Hal by Hal Lebovitz
Ask Hal Softcover
Answers to Fans' Most Interesting Questions About Baseball Rules from a Hall-of-Fame Sportswriter
by Hal Lebovitz

A fun and fact-filled collection of baseball Q&As from a legendary sportswriter and rules expert.

Think it couldn't happen on a baseball field? It probably did! Just ask Hal. Hal Lebovitz reigned as a leading expert on baseball rules for more than f . . . [Read More]

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

Whatever Happened to Super Joe? by Russell Schneider
Whatever Happened to Super Joe? Softcover
Catching Up With 45 Good Old Guys from the Bad Old Days of the Cleveland Indians
by Russell Schneider

From the mid-1950s through the mid-1990s, the Cleveland Indians fielded teams that just couldn't win. Yet each lousy team in those “ bad old days” had its share of good guys, likeable and colorful young men who earned a spot in fans' hearts, if not th . . . [Read More]

Heart of a Mule by Dick Schafrath
Heart of a Mule Hardcover
The Dick Schafrath Stories
by Dick Schafrath

He won national football championships with the 1964 Cleveland Browns and the 1957 Ohio State University Buckeyes. He served four terms in the Ohio senate. He was the first person ever to canoe across Lake Erie. He ran sixty miles nonstop between Cle . . . [Read More]

The Best of Hal Lebovitz by Hal Lebovitz
The Best of Hal Lebovitz Softcover
Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland
by Hal Lebovitz

The best sports writing of Hall-of-Fame sportswriter Hal Lebovitz, longtime dean of Cleveland sports journalists.

Several generations of sports fans grew up reading Hal Lebovitz on the sports pages. Hal covered just about every major sports event ov . . . [Read More]

Curses! Why Cleveland Sports Fans Deserve to Be Miserable by Tim Long
Curses! Why Cleveland Sports Fans Deserve to Be Miserable Softcover
A Lifetime of Tough Luck, Bad Breaks, Goofs, Gaffes, and Blunders
by Tim Long

Here's one championship title we Cleveland fans can grasp and proudly hold aloft: Most Miserable.

Boston fans no longer have their Curse to bemoan— and anyway, they've got those Patriots Super Bowl trophies. (Aargh!— Bill Belichick!) Chicago fans? Don . . . [Read More]

False Start by Terry Pluto
False Start Hardcover / eBook
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]

LeBron James: The Rise of a Star by David Lee Morgan Jr.
LeBron James: The Rise of a Star Softcover
by David Lee Morgan Jr.

An up-close look at young LeBron James when he was basketball's hottest prospect, poised at the brink of superstardom.

Sportswriter David Lee Morgan covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal starting with LeBron's freshman year in  . . . [Read More]

The Toe by Lou Groza
The Toe Softcover
The Lou Groza Story
by Lou Groza

Lou “ The Toe” Groza played for the Cleveland Browns longer than anyone (1946–1967), becoming a beloved football icon along the way. His autobiography vividly recalls a golden age of professional football that spans the sport's most important formativ . . . [Read More]

Browns Town 1964 by Terry Pluto
Browns Town 1964 Softcover
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]

Heroes, Scamps, and Good Guys by Bob Dolgan
Heroes, Scamps, and Good Guys Hardcover
101 Colorful Characters from Cleveland Sports History
by Bob Dolgan

A veteran sportswriter profiles the most interesting Cleveland athletes ever.

It takes all kinds to fill out the sports pages. Heroes, like Jim Brown and Rocky Colavito. Scamps, from “ Shoeless” Joe Jackson to Albert Belle. Good guys, like Bernie Kos . . . [Read More]

Omar! by Omar Vizquel
Omar! Softcover
My Life On and Off the Field
by Omar Vizquel | Bob Dyer

All-star shortstop Omar Vizquel tells the story of his life in baseball, from the sandlots of Caracas, Venezuela, to Game Seven of the World Series and beyond. It's a a candid look inside the locker room of those powerhouse Indians teams of the late  . . . [Read More]

Our Tribe by Terry Pluto
Our Tribe Softcover
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]

On Being Brown by Scott Huler
On Being Brown Softcover / eBook
What it Means to Be a Cleveland Browns Fan
by Scott Huler

What is this madness all about? Anyone who has experienced it knows: being a Cleveland Browns fan is just different.

Why are we the only fans in the nation who ever lost their team, demanded it back— and got it? Why did three seasons without football . . . [Read More]


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