Our Tribe

A Baseball Memoir

Terry Pluto


A son, a father, a baseball team. Sportswriter Terry Pluto’s memoir tells about growing up and learning to understand a difficult father through their shared love of an often awful baseball team. Baseball can be an important bridge across generations, sometimes the only common ground. This story celebrates the connection.

Softcover / 234 pages / 5.5 x 8.5 in. / ISBN 9781886228719


“A beautiful, absolutely unforgettable memoir.” — Booklist

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 tells the story of a son and a father and the relationship they shared through their resilient devotion to one particularly frustrating baseball team, the Cleveland Indians (who always seemed to need just one more run to win).

The story includes the joys and struggles of growing older together, of coping with a sick parent, and, finally, of burying the man who indelibly shaped his son’s life. It also includes a lively history of the Cleveland Indians franchise, full of personal recollections about remarkable players and memorable moments from seasons past.

For so many people, baseball remains an important bridge across generations, sometimes the only topic of conversation when all other topics seem threatening. Absorbing his father’s love for the game, and their team, Pluto grew to understand and respect the often distant man who allowed himself few pleasures besides baseball in a life built around laboring to provide for his family. This book celebrates our ability to make that connection through baseball.

It is a heartfelt, memorable tale.

Additional information

Weight0.6875 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.53 in

Table of Contents

One More Run

The Stroke

The Spiders

The Name Game

Manny Ramirez and Joe Jackson


League Park

Feller & Wright


At War

Veeck and the Indians

Larry Doby


Roger Maris, Rocky Colavito, and Frank Lane

Our Place, the Stadium

The Sad Saga of 1970

Wayne Garland and the Power of Delusion

The Baseball Beat

The Pennant




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