Chuck Heaton was honored with a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980 when he received the prestigious Dick McCann Memorial Award, awarded to one journalist each year for a lifetime of excellence in football reporting. Heaton began writing as a city reporter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 1942 and stayed with the paper for 51 years. In 1946 he eagerly accepted a job writing in the sports department and in 1954 began covering the Browns as a football writer. Heaton was one of the first electors to the Hall of Fame in 1963 and served in that role for thirty years. In 1990 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was elected to the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame in 1992. He retired from The Plain Dealer on October 1, 1993. He was chosen by Leroy Kelly to be his presenter when Kelly was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriterby Chuck Heaton
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
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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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"An insider’s tale of training camps, terrifying plane rides, hopeful Hall of Fame nominations, emergency stitches, an emotional locker room when JFK was shot, kind words about former Steelers owner Arthur Rooney and more . . . A perfectly packaged read for Browns fans who think they know all the ins and outs of the franchise . . . A front-row seat to a team history that stretches back more than half a century." -- Cleveland Magazine
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