Dan Coughlin is not crazy, but for 45 years he covered sports in Cleveland, which means he lived life under a full moon. In this book, the award-winning Plain Dealer and WJW-TV reporter reflects on the most unusual, eccentric and outlandish people and events he covered. “I never met a wacko I didn’t like,” Coughlin says. Not only did he write about them, they became his lifelong friends, including a degenerate gambler . . . a sportswriter who ripped open beer cans with his teeth . . . an Olympic champion who turned out to be a hermaphrodite . . . a football player who was a compulsive practical joker . . . and dozens of others. Every day was an adventure, but it wasn’t all laughs; some of his boxers went to jail, his softball players got shot, his race car drivers were killed. Luckily, Coughlin kept notes! Any Cleveland sports fan will enjoy meeting these memorable characters.
|Publisher:||Gray and Company, Publishers|
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About the Author
Dan Coughlin has covered the Cleveland sports scene for 45 years, as a sportswriter for The Plain Dealer (1964–1982) and on WJW-TV 8 (since 1983). His columns also appeared in several other daily newspapers, including the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, Medina Gazette, Lake County News-Herald, Painesville Telegraph and papers in Geneva, Ashtabula and Conneaut. He was twice named Ohio sportswriter of the year and was honored with a television Emmy. He traveled with the Browns and Indians, and covered some of the biggest college football games of the 20th century, including five major bowl games. He was at ringside for several world championship fights as well as the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier series. He covered 17 Indianapolis 500s and several auto races in Europe. He lives in Rocky River, Ohio.