Glory Days in Tribe Town:
The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997
by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton
Relive the most thrilling seasons of Cleveland Indians baseball!
Glory Days in Tribe Town: The Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field 1994-1997. Remember the excitement of those first years at Jacobs Field? When it seemed the Indians could find a way to win almost any game? When screaming fans rocked the jam-packed stands every night? When a brash young team snapped a forty-year slump and electrified the city?
Those weren’t baseball seasons, they were year-long celebrations.
Step back into the glory days with sportswriter Terry Pluto and broadcaster Tom Hamilton as they share behind-the-scenes stories about a team with all-stars at nearly every position . . . a sparkling new ballpark . . . wild comeback victories . . . a record sellout streak . . . two trips to the World Series . . . and a city crazed with Indians fever.
Revisit baseball’s most fearsome lineup: Albert Belle’s mighty swing and ferocious glare . . . Jim Thome’s moon-shot home runs . . . Omar Vizquel’s poetry-in-motion play at shortstop . . . Kenny Lofton’s exhilarating baserunning and over-the-wall catches . . .
These two Cleveland baseball veterans were there for it all. Now, they combine firsthand experience and in-depth player interviews to tell a rich, detailed story that Tribe fans will love.
We had a brief glimpse of it in 2007 and an even briefer one in 2013, but if you’re too young to remember the 90’s, all I can say is I wish that sometime in your lifetime you get to experience another run like that. And if you’re old enough to remember those halcyon days, go pick up a copy of Terry Pluto’s and Tom Hamilton’s new book, and stroll down Nostalgia Boulevard, reliving what was a truly exceptional time to be a Tribe fan. — John Vourlis
Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for The Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nation’s top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of 23 books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito (selected by the New York Times as one of the five notable sports books of 1989), and Loose Balls, which was ranked number 13 on Sports Illustrated’s list of the top 100 sports books of all time. He was called “Perhaps the best American writer of sports books,” by the Chicago Tribune in 1997.
Tom Hamilton, the “Voice of the Indians,” has called Cleveland Indians baseball games on the radio since 1990. He called all 69 postseason games the Indians have played over that span, including the 1995 and 1997 World Series. His tenure is the second-longest in club history.