Indians Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!


A one-stop record containing everything Indian fans want to know about their favorite baseball team, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.
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A one-stop record containing everything Indian fans want to know about their favorite baseball team, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.
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They have been the Cleveland Blues, the Cleveland Broncos, and the Cleveland Naps, but since 1915, the hometown American League team has been known as the Cleveland Indians. In Indian Essentials, Cleveland Plain Dealer journalist Mary Schmidt Boyer has assembled the ultimate guide for Tribe loyalists.
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Meet the Author

Mary Schmitt Boyer is an award-winning sportswriter, a general assignment sports reporter, and a feature writer for the Plain Dealer. She has specialized in covering basketball and the Olympics and has served as president of the Association for Women in Sports Media and secretary-treasurer of the Pro Basketball Writers Association. She is the author or coauthor of several other sports books, including The Inside Game. Tom Hamilton is the chief radio announcer for the Cleveland Indians.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Baseball's Beginnings in Cleveland     1
A Great Player, a Great Manager     7
1920: From Tragedy to Triumph     12
A Walk through the Parks     16
Starry, Starry Nights     22
Mel Harder: A Long and Prosperous Career     28
Earl Averill: All He Did Was Hit     32
The Greatest Indian     35
Lou Boudreau: The Boy Manager     42
Larry Doby Makes History     51
1948: Champions at Last     60
No Sweeter Guy Than Bob Lemon     64
Al Rosen: Oh, So Close     68
1954: Surprising Sweep     72
A Winning Score     76
Cleveland Rocks     81
He Played in Cleveland?     87
Was Gaylord Perry All Wet?     96
Cleveland Makes History Again     101
Mike Hargrove: The Most Popular Indian?     109
Super Joe Charboneau     113
Len Barker's Perfect Night     117
Trials and Tribulations     121
Albert Belle     127
1995: Return to Glory     134
Jim Thome: Super Slugger     138
1997: ReturnEngagement     143
A Gold Glove Personality     148
The Indians and the Arts     153
Looking to the Future     162
Answers to Trivia Questions     167
Cleveland Indians All-Time Roster     169
Notes     188
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