Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year

Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Anybody can have an off decade But three It s enough to make you believe in the supernatural The Cleveland Indians were surely tempting the fates when they traded away Rocky Colavito He was young, strong, rugged, popular, and coming off back to backhome runRBI seasons He was the type of player you just don t trade, especially not for a three years older singles hitter, even if Harvey Kuenn had just won the American League batting title Frank Lane s blunder could be expected to hurt the Tribe s pennant chances for a while But for a generation In the thirteen years before the trade, the Indians finished above twelve times, and were first, second, or third in the league nine times In the thirty three years since the trade, they ve finished above six times, and were in the top three in their league just once never finishing as high as third in their division With the sharp edged wit and keen eye for detail that have made him Cleveland s favorite sportswriter, Terry Pluto looks at the strange goings on of the past thirty plus years, unusual occurrences that could only be the result of some cosmic plan Other teams lose players to injuries the Indians lose them to alcoholism Sam McDowell , a nervous breakdown Tony Horton , and the pro golf tour Ken Harrelson okay, so it was only for a little while Other teams bask in the glow when a young star plays in the All Star Game in his first full season the Indians saw catcher Ray Fosse s career derailed by a homeplate collision with Pete Rose in themidsummer classic Other teams make deals to improve the ballclub the Indians had to trade young Dennis Eckersley because his wife had fallen in love with hisbest friend and teammate, Rick Manning Through long years of trials and tribulations that would have tested Job, the Indians faithful have continued to come to huge, drafty Cleveland Stadium Pluto understands the fierce attachment Tribe fans feel for their team, because he s

10 thoughts on “Curse of Rocky Colavito: A Loving Look at a Thirty-Year Slump

  1. Ron Ron says:

    One of my favourite baseball books Reading about decades of mediocrity is usuallyinteresting than writing about winners This is how it was for the Cleveland Indians of the 1960 s through to the 1980 s Matinee idols abound Joe Charbonneau, Duane Kuiper, Rick Manning Top players who left for greener pastures, Rocky Colavito, Luis Tiant, Dennis Eckersley In the

  2. Dave Dave says:

    Excellent book about how heartbreaking it used to be to be a Cleveland Indians fan I moved to Cleveland well after the curse had been mostly lifted, but I can appreciate this tale of years of stupidity, immaturity, and greed Plus a whole lot of bad luck Pluto s too good a writer to just poke fun at the ridiculous he also shapes all of these characters into real p

  3. Jacob Jacob says:

    Good book to accompany me into the stretch run of the Indians pennant race Good writing from Mr Pluto He s pretty frank and brutally honest in it I could see this book pissing offthan a few people who s names came up in it unfavorably Go Tribe

  4. Bruce Bruce says:

    I really enjoyed Terry Pluto s history of the Cleveland Indians in some wilderness years The Indianswon a pennant in 1954 and and won their next one in 1995 They still haven t won a World Series since 1948, but as I write this they are the American League Central Division winners so who knowsif this is the year for them.Terry Pluto grew up in Cleveland and writes this fr

  5. Kathy McC Kathy McC says:

    The Indians didn t knock the Rock, they just traded him The date was April 17, 1960That was the day my hero worship of Rocky Colavito began He is still my favorite ball player I am not aloneMany are aware of Rocky s limitations But they love him because he is Rocky Colavito Nothan half a dozen players in the history of Cleveland baseball have been accorded the hero worship h

  6. Mark Mark says:

    I rarely give a book any stars at all, but mostly because I tend to start at 2.5 and figure the author has to push me one way or another Seeing that many others give out 4s and 5s with wreckless abandon, I simply choose not to give out stars unless I REALLY like something Well, as a lifelong Cleveland fan, I loved this book I ll likely ship it to my oldest brother sometime soon,

  7. Dan Dan says:

    Any baseball team can have a bad decade All it takes is a few bad trades mixed with a few underperforming players and suddenly your team resides in the cellar of their respective division.But three bad decades That s quite an accomplishment sort of Terry Pluto does indeed take a lovingly look at his hapless Cleveland Indians from 1960 1993 and shows us not just the bad trades and in

  8. Cora Cora says:

    Interesting time to read this book, since some of our Cleveland Indians were fighting their way through slumps Terry Pluto, a great Cleveland sports writer, focuses on that long dark era between the 1960s and early 1990s He ends just before the Tribe s exciting mid 90s resurgence It was cool to get an inside glimpse of baseball ownership and management, their impact on teams, and some T

  9. Donald Ozello Donald Ozello says:

    Cleveland based sportswriter Terry Pluto does a fantastic job describing how the Indians began and stayed in a long stretch finishing at the bottom or close to the bottom of the AL East standing If you are a Cleveland sports fan or a MLB fanatic you should read this book It is informative, interesting and fun.

  10. Steve Steve says:

    An insightful, although sometimes dry, loving look at a thirty year slump Pluto has plenty of behind the scenes gossip and enough entertaining stories to tell to keep the book moving along His ultimate conclusion an amazing string of coincidences and bad trades hadto do with the slump than Colavito.

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