Glory Days in Tribe Town

The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994–1997

Terry Pluto, Tom Hamilton

$15.95

Relive the most thrilling seasons of Indians baseball in recent memory! Cleveland’s top sportswriter teams up with the Tribe’s veteran radio announcer and fans to share favorite stories from the first years of Jacobs Field, when a star-studded roster (Belle, Thome, Vizquel, Ramirez, Alomar, Nagy) and a sparkling ballpark captivated an entire city.

Softcover / 335 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / ISBN 9781938441356

Description

Relive the most thrilling seasons of Cleveland Indians baseball in recent memory!

Remember the excitement of those first years at Jacobs Field? When it seemed the Indians could find a way to win almost any game? When screaming fans rocked the jam-packed stands every night? When a brash young team snapped a forty-year slump and electrified the city?

Those weren’t baseball seasons, they were year-long celebrations.

Step back into the glory days with sportswriter Terry Pluto and broadcaster Tom Hamilton as they share behind-the-scenes stories about a team with all-stars at nearly every position . . . a sparkling new ballpark . . . wild comeback victories . . . a record sellout streak . . . two trips to the World Series . . . and a city crazed with Indians fever.

Revisit baseball’s most fearsome lineup: Albert Belle’s mighty swing and ferocious glare . . . Jim Thome’s moon-shot home runs . . . Omar Vizquel’s poetry-in-motion play at shortstop . . . Kenny Lofton’s exhilarating baserunning and over-the-wall catches . . .

These two Cleveland baseball veterans were there for it all. Now, they combine firsthand experience and in-depth player interviews to tell a richly detailed story that Tribe fans will love.

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Weight 0.7 lbs

Table of Contents

About this Book

When Cleveland Really Was a Tribe Town

WHERE IT CAME FROM

In the Booth With Herb

Hank Peters, the Moses of Tribe Baseball

Sandy Alomar: The Tribe’s Underappreciated Star

The Stadium: Finally, Out With the Old

Carlos Baerga: The Heartbeat of the Tribe

John Hart’s Greatest Sales Job

Fans Write In: Radio

A NEW BEGINNING

A True New Day For the Tribe

A New Ballpark, A New Game

Mike Hargrove Finally Makes it to the New Ballpark

Albert Belle: You Didn’t Want to Miss a Single At-Bat

Kenny Lofton

Manny Ramirez Made Hitting Look Easy

Fans Write In: Going to Jacobs Field

HEART OF THE ORDER

Omar Vizquel

Eddie Murray: A Great Teammate

Dennis Martinez and the Greatest Game

Orel Hershiser: Climbing Twin Peaks

Charlie Manuel

Jim Thome and the Statue

Don’t Forget About Charlie Nagy

Fans Write In: The 1995 Season

THE END OF INNOCENCE

Lofton Flies Away from the Tribe, then Comes Home

Belle Blows Out of Town

1996: The Loss of Innocence

Hart and Hargrove, the Tribe’s Odd Couple

Jaret Wright: One Special Season

Herb Score’s Quick Goodbye

Dick Jacobs Knew When to Buy . . . and Sell

Fans Write In: Players

REBUILDING

Tom Hamilton, An Old-Fashioned Radio Man

1997: The Best and the Worst Season

Fans Write In: The 1997 Season

 

Looking Back

Acknowledgements

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