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Things I ve Learned from Watching the Browns
Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns
by Terry Pluto
Paperback from Gray & Co., Publishers
ISBN: 1598510657

Here's a question for any Browns fan . . .

Why?

Why, more than four long decades after your team's last championship . . . despite a relentless pattern of heartbreak, teasing, and more heartbreak . . . capped with a decade of utter futility . . . do you still stick with the Cleveland Browns?

Good question.

Veteran sportswriter Terry Pluto gets a daily barrage of email from fans letting their hearts bleed out orange and brown. So he decided to ask his readers: Just what is it about this team that makes you love them, hate them, and still keep coming back for more?

A thousand fans responded--in detail. Their stories--along with interviews with former players and Pluto's own expert analysis--deliver the answer. Answers, actually. Because like any intense relationship, it's a little complicated . . .

Covering the Browns from 1964 through present day, this book does for Cleveland football what Pluto's classic about the Indians, The Curse of Rocky Colavito, did for Cleveland baseball: It won't make the pain go away, but it might help you remember why it's worth enduring.

 
On Being Brown: What It Means to Be a Cleveland Browns Fan
On Being Brown: What It Means to Be a Cleveland Browns Fan
by Scott Huler
Paperback from Gray & Co
ISBN: 1886228310

What is this madness all about? Ask anyone who has experienced it: being a Cleveland Browns fan is just different. Scott Huler looks at this 50-year love affair between town and team in 33 essays recounting his personal saga of "becoming Brown." Searching out those special elements of shared experience that define what being a Browns fan has meant for us all, he also holds conversations with the true legends of Cleveland Browns history--Jim Brown, Otto Graham, Lou "The Toe" Groza, Brian Sipe, Ozzie Newsome, and others--in which they share their own thoughts about just what made this relationship between town and team so special. This odyssey for Browns fans takes them back to some wonderful places. It revives some truly awful moments. And it looks to the future with great hope. Those who are truly Brown will enjoy the ride.
 
Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
by Chuck Heaton
Paperback from Gray & Co., Publishers
ISBN: 1598510436

Veteran sportswriter Chuck Heaton looks back at his 47 years covering the Cleveland Browns--the "Old Browns" teams that fans still miss. Heaton covered the Browns for the Cleveland Plain Dealer from 1946 to 1993. In these columns, written shortly before his retirement in 1993, Heaton reminisces about Hall of Fame players like Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, and Bobby Mitchell; original head coach Paul Brown; characters like fabled trainer Murray Kono; even notorious Browns rivals like Oilers' coach Jerry Glanville and Steelers' linebacker Jack Lambert. Browns fans age 40 and older will fondly recall the old days. Younger Browns fans will find out why everyone still longs for them.
 
Classic Browns: The 50 Greatest Games in Cleveland Browns History (Classic Cleveland)
Classic Browns: The 50 Greatest Games in Cleveland Browns History (Classic Cleveland)
by Jonathan Knight
Paperback from The Kent State University Press
ISBN: 0873389867

A countdown of the Cleveland Browns' greatest games

It's far too easy to allow the national media and disparaging fans to undermine Clevelanders' views of their professional sports teams. While the Browns, Indians, and Cavaliers have certainly caused more than their fair share of frustration and heartbreak over the past century, there are countless moments of glory in the fertile athletic history of Northeast Ohio that receive little notice east of Shaker Heights or west of Rocky River. Jonathan Knight's Classic Cleveland Series sets out to combat this trend, bundling together the most memorable moments of Cleveland's beloved athletic clubs. In three separate publications, Knight ranks the fifty greatest games in each franchise with entertaining accounts of each contest, properly placing them in the broad landscape of civic history.

Regardless of what the current editions of the Browns, Indians, and Cavs accomplish, every contest played is another chapter in an epos connecting each generation of fans to the ones before it. The Classic Cleveland Series colorfully illustrates that regardless of today's final score, the simple continuation of the saga is reason enough for reflection and celebration.

Classic Browns counts down the fifty greatest Cleveland Browns games, from unexpected upsets to incredible comebacks to titanic championship battles. The rich, six-decade history of the Browns is layered into these tales, tying together the gritty All-American Football Conference games played in the shadow of World War II to the sleek Sunday battles at shimmering Cleveland Browns Stadium today.

Knight ranks heartbreakers like The Fumble and The Drive alongside championship duels and epic confrontations with heated rivals. Included in these pages are the heroics of Browns legends like Otto Graham, Lou Groza, Jim Brown, Brian Sipe, and Bernie Kosar to name just a few. Whether it was because of the score, the weather, or an amazing individual performance, each game included in Classic Browns is worth remembering and revisiting.

Sure to spark interest and debate, Classic Browns will appeal to Browns fans everywhere.

 
The Best Show in Football: The 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns--Pro Football s Greatest Dynasty
The Best Show in Football: The 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns--Pro Football's Greatest Dynasty
by Andy Piascik
Hardcover from Taylor Trade Publishing
ISBN: 1589793609

For ten years the Cleveland Browns compiled a better record and won more championships than any team in pro football history. In their first game they set an all-time attendance record and consistently drew the largest crowds of the post-World War II era. They dominated an upstart league and then silenced their detractors by doing the same to the NFL.
The Browns were led by Paul Brown, a football visionary who changed pro football. Most important among his innovations was the leading role the franchise played in the integration of pro sports. While much of their competition continued with the racial exclusion of the past, the Browns featured some of the greatest black players of all-time, men who were an integral part of the Cleveland dynasty.
The Best Show in Football: The 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns, Pro Football's Greatest Dynasty tells the story of those players and that dynasty. Included in that story is the construction of the Browns as well as accounts of the team's many victories. Dozens of interviews bring to life the exploits of Otto Graham, Bill Willis, Marion Motley, Lou Groza, Mac Speedie, Len Ford, Dante Lavelli, Frank Gatski, and so many others.
In rich detail, The Best Show in Football demonstrates why Cleveland's dynasty was the greatest ever, greater even than several teams that are usually accorded that honor. The conclusions may be surprising but the evidence is all here. And along the way author Andy Piascik provides a wonderful trip back to football's golden age.
 
Browns Town 1964: Cleveland Browns and the 1964 Championship
Browns Town 1964: Cleveland Browns and the 1964 Championship
by Terry Pluto
Paperback from Gray & Company Publishers
ISBN: 1886228728

They were Cleveland's last champions.

They were a team of men in the truest sense of the words, men who didn't expect to be coddled, men who didn't believe the world should genuflect at the mere mention of their names.

They had the greatest running back in the history of football, and a coach who wore a hearing aid. Their quarterback had a Ph.D. in math. They had a defensive end who was a preacher, and a halfback who became a millionaire. Together, they won it all.

These were the 1964 Cleveland Browns.

Back before Free Agency, before shoe contracts and end zone dances, football was a tough game played by men who loved it. They had real jobs in the off season, as insurance salesmen or ­manufacturers' representatives, and they lived in the community where they played. They were grateful to the fans for their support and believed that nothing they accomplished was important unless the team won.

In this nostalgic look back, sportswriter Terry Pluto tells the remarkable story of the upstart AFC Cleveland Browns' surprise championship victory over the hugely favored Baltimore Colts and the colorful players who made that season so memorable. He takes us through the entire 1964 season from training camp at Hiram College to the championship game in Municipal Stadium. Along the way he recreates an era and a team for which pride was not just a slogan.

The tough, blue-collar city of Cleveland loved its football team, the Browns (named after beloved coach Paul Brown). During their heyday in the late 1940s and 1950s, the Browns muscled their way into several championships and the hearts and minds of the fans. Even after change came in the 1960s with a new owner, Art Modell, and the forced retirement of Coach Brown, the team continued to flourish. When All The World Was Browns Town remembers those years, capped by the championship season in 1964, and juxtaposes this relatively innocent time with the present. Now the Browns are in Baltimore, moved by owner Modell, and renamed the Ravens. The money in big-time professional sports ultimately had its way with a town that was fanatical about football and its storied team.

 
Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns
Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns
by Jonathon Knight, J. Knight
Paperback from Kent State University Press


A heart-pounding journey through the most exciting season in Cleveland Browns' history

Every longtime Cleveland sports fan knows about "Red Right 88," the play that ended the Browns' 1980 season. Quarterback Brian Sipe's ill-fated throw, intended for tight end Ozzie Newsome, was intercepted by Oakland in the end zone, bringing to a halt Cleveland's "kardiac" campaign.

In Kardiac Kids Jonathan Knight paints a portrait of the Browns' storybook 1980 season and its impact on the city of Cleveland. Knight takes us through that unforgettable year from beginning to end, describing in great detail how the city simply fell in love with this team.

Though the Cleveland Browns boast four world championships and possess a rich and respected past, the magical 1980 season was clearly the most memorable in team history. Kardiac Kids is a tribute to that team.

 
False Start: How The New Browns Were Set Up To Fail
False Start: How The New Browns Were Set Up To Fail
by Terry Pluto
Hardcover from Gray & Company Publishers
ISBN: 1886228884
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It was supposed to be the dawn of a grand new era of football in Cleveland. Instead, it was a rude wakeup call. When the new Cleveland Browns took the field in 1999, legions of loyal fans--once heartsick, abandoned, and disgusted at the loss of their team in 1995--were ready to forgive the past and embrace the future . . . a new owner, a new team, a new stadium. They just wanted their Browns back. They didn't get what they bargained for. In the five years since a new team called the Browns arrived to play on Cleveland's lakefront, this has become clear: Browns fans got a bum deal. The NFL traded one of the most storied teams in football history for a franchise mired in mediocrity. These were the fans who, after owner Art Modell skipped town with their beloved Browns, became the only fans ever to take on the NFL, demand their team back--and win. Yet while they were celebrating the supposed victory that kept "our name, our colors, our team" in Cleveland, fans should have been looking over their shoulders and keeping a close watch on the NFL. There would be few reasons to celebrate in the years to come. In this book, award-winning sportswriter, Terry Pluto takes a hard look at the first five years of the new Cleveland Browns franchise and doesn't like what he sees. Pluto chronicles the backroom deals, big-money power plays, poor decisions, and plain bad luck that have dogged the new Browns franchise since its inception. Browns fans still stand by, waiting for a return to glory. How much longer must they wait? Pluto sifts through the clues from past seasons and looks for answers. This frank analysis will offer fans some solace along with an explanation for their misery.
 
Cleveland Browns History (OH) (Images of Sports)
Cleveland Browns History (OH) (Images of Sports)
by Frank M. Henkel
Paperback from Arcadia Publishing
Media Published: 2005-
ISBN: 0738534285

There was little fanfare when Art "Mickey" McBride flew into Chicago in 1945 to purchase a professional football team for Cleveland. But that act set in motion a tradition that has brought the city of Cleveland together on Sunday afternoons for (most of) the sixty years to follow. Cleveland Browns History is the story of championship seasons, legendary coaches, and Hall of Fame players. Coach Paul Brown led his teams to seven league title games in their first 17 seasons. Running backs Marion Motley, Jim Brown, and Leroy Kelley each rushed over opposing defenses and
straight into Canton, Ohio, along with fellow Browns like Otto Graham, Ozzie Newsome, and Len Ford. The "Kardiac Kids" in 1980 had too many nail-biters for some fans, but won the AFC Central in typical fashion--by three points in the final game of the season. All these stories, plus those of the many unsung heroes to don the NFL's only logo-less helmet, fill the pages of this book, sure to delight any Cleveland Browns fan.
 
Sundays in the Pound: The Heroics and Heartbreak of the 1985-89 Cleveland Browns
Sundays in the Pound: The Heroics and Heartbreak of the 1985-89 Cleveland Browns
by Jonathon Knight
Paperback from Kent State University Press
ISBN: 0873388666

A look at the last championship seasons of the Browns

Before Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, and before the frustrating expansion years and countless front office mistakes of the twenty-first century, there were the Browns of the late 1980s. The years 1985 to 1989 saw the Cleveland Browns explode out of a decade and a half of inconsistency and mediocrity to win four American Football Conference Central Division titles and make the playoffs five straight years. Twice they came within inches of a Super Bowl appearance, led by an unforgettable cast of characters Cleveland embraced and still cherishes. These teams are perhaps the most memorable in the history of Cleveland professional sports.

Sundays in the Pound traces quarterback Bernie Kosar's winding path from Youngstown to Florida to Cleveland, explains why there was so much more to running back Earnest Byner than one unforgotten fumble, and reveals how cornerback Hanford Dixon created a canine phenomenon in the endzone stands that has persevered to this day. Author Jonathan Knight delves into "the Drive" and "the Fumble"; examines the fairy-tale performance of an aging veteran quarterback who directed the Browns through the snow and into the playoffs in his final game at the old, cavernous Cleveland Stadium on Lake Erie's shoreline; and recounts an epic playoffs saga in which the Browns staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Cleveland sports.

Cleveland Browns fans throughout the country fondly remember the "Dawg Days," and they will welcome Sundays in the Pound.

 
Glory for Sale: Fans, Dollars and the New NFL
Glory for Sale: Fans, Dollars and the New NFL
by Jon Morgan, Ann Sjoerdsma
Book Description:
Go behind-the-scenes of the most surprising and controversial franchise move in NFL history! 
Paperback from Bancroft Press
 
When All the World Was Browns Town: Cleveland's Browns and the Championship Season of '64
by Terry Pluto
(Hardcover)
 
Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter
by Chuck Heaton
Paperback from Gray & Co., Publishers
 
The Cleveland Browns : The Official Illustrated History
The Cleveland Browns : The Official Illustrated History
by Ron Smith (Editor)
Book Description:
Celebrate the return of one of the National Football League's great franchises--the Cleveland Browns--in this keepsake book that includes more than 200 photographs.Relive the history of the organization, from its inception in 1946, through the Marion Motley years, the Otto Graham years, the championship season of 1964, the decade of the Kardic Kids, through the team's move to Baltimore and right up to the kickoff of the new Browns just in time for the 1999 season.
Hardcover: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 11.57 x 9.28
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Distributed Products; (August 1, )
ISBN: 0892046252
 
False Start: How The New Browns Were Set Up To Fail
False Start: How The New Browns Were Set Up To Fail
by Terry Pluto
Hardcover from Gray & Company Publishers
 
Browns Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!
Browns Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!
by Mary Schmitt Boyer
Hardcover from Triumph Books (IL)
 
Cleveland Browns Trivia Teasers (Quiz Master Book)
Cleveland Browns Trivia Teasers (Quiz Master Book)
by Richard Pennington
Paperback from Big Earth Publishing
 
Legends by the Lake: The Cleveland Browns at Municipal Stadium (Ohio History and Culture)
Legends by the Lake: The Cleveland Browns at Municipal Stadium (Ohio History and Culture)
by John Keim
Hardcover from University Of Akron Press
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On Being Brown: What It Means to Be a Cleveland Browns Fan
by Scott Huler
(Paperback)

Cleveland Browns A-Z
by Roger Gordon
Hardcover: 275 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.90 x 10.36 x 7.26
Publisher: Sports Publishing, Inc.; (November 4, )
ISBN: 1582612404

The Browns: Cleveland's Team
by Richard Shmelter, Richard Schmelter
(Paperback)

Cleveland Browns (NFL Today)
by John Nichols, Loren Stanley
(Library Binding)

The Cleveland Browns: The Great Tradition
by Bob Moon
ISBN: 0966766016
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