“The Ultimate Cleveland Indians Time Machine Book” by Martin Gitlin
Baseball, history, Indians
Publish date:April 1, 2019
Rating:4 of 5 stars (very good)
As one of the charter teams of the American League, the Cleveland Indians have a long list of exciting seasons, interesting stories and wacky moments. This book by veteran writer
Martin Gitlin relieves some of them in a fun, page turning book.
Most baseball fans know that currently the Indians have the longest title drought in major league baseball, having gone 70 years since their last championship in 1948. That of course leads to many heartbreaks and frustrations for the team and its fans. I mention this because while the book certainly tries to remain upbeat, it was puzzling to me to see so many negative or embarrassing stories about the team. Even when a season or player was successful, some part of the chapter was less than positive.
This isn’t to say that all is doom and gloom in the book. Indeed, even some of the less-than-positive stories are told in either humor or good cheer. One example of this is the story of “Super Joe” Charboneau, a one-season wonder who was the Rookie of the Year for the Indians in 1980 and never was a productive player in the major leagues again. By the end of the chapter, the reader should be happy to learn that he has done well for himself after his baseball career flamed out. These types of stories and that type of writing make the book a very fast read.