Browns Scrapbook

A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter

Chuck Heaton


Sportswriter Chuck Heaton looks back at 47 years covering the Cleveland Browns, including Hall of Famers Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Bobby Mitchell; legendary coach Paul Brown; fabled trainer Murray Kono; even notorious Browns rivals. Longtime fans will fondly recall the old days; younger Browns fans will learn why everyone still longs for them.

Softcover / 204 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 24 photos / ISBN 9781598510430


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.

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Table of Contents


Editor’s Note


Spirit of Togetherness Permeated Camps at Hiram

Kids Were Part of the Camp Scene

Green Hotel Was Lacking in Amenities

Travel Incidents

Trip to Stillwater, Oklahoma Was Anything But Dull

Trips West Always Special

Rickey’s Motel an Oasis in Northern California


Paul Brown, Legendary Coach, Dies

Brown Remembered as Pioneer, Innovator

Paul Brown Gave and Expected Loyalty

Trading Bobby Mitchell

Sipe’s Legacy Likely Will Be Red Right 88

Publicist Knew How to Find the Beef

Talent, Grit Made Graham the Best

Sense of Humor Served Modell Well

Brown Had Winning Look on Sideline

On the Trail of a Coaching Change in ’77

Kono, Murphy Brought Good Times to Browns

Ippolito Devotes His Career to Browns

Green Filled a Need and Lasted

Hickerson, Kelly Await Ultimate Christmas Gift


Browns-Bengals Rivalry Arranged in a Hospital

Browns Lost to Steelers in 1954 and 1964 Title Seasons

Steelers’ Rooney Unforgettable

Bum Phillips Was a Class Act

Glanville’s Humor Was Oilers’ Trademark

Noll’s Love for Football Shared with Hobbies

Lambert Stood Out on Dominant Steelers

Beating Lions Was Never Easy for Browns

Namath Memorable in Victory or Defeat

Browns-49ers Rivalry Dates to Pre-NFL Days


Browns Beat Colts for Last Title

Browns Shocked Eagles, NFL in 1950 Opener

Loss in ’58 Finale Was a Giant Pain

Cowboys Were at the Stadium the Day Ruby Shot Oswald

No Browns Loss Hurt as Much as ‘The Drive’

In 1965, It Really Was a ‘Road’ Loss

Firing of Brown Was a Shock

Browns Played Amid Tragic Events


Media Remained Mum About Plum

NFL Draft Has Had Many Changes

The Year Sports Lost Its Innocence

NFL Doesn’t Break for Christmas


Jim Brown

Lou Groza

Dante Lavelli

Bill Willis

Bobby Mitchell

Paul Warfield

Mike McCormack

Frank Gatski

Leroy Kelly


The All-Time Greatest Browns Team

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