William Boryk
Since 1959: An Eight Year-old’s Initiation into the World of
Cleveland Indians Baseball and Life in the Fifties
by William Boryk

In 1959, thousands of grade-school kids became wide-eyed fans of
the Cleveland Indians baseball team for the first time.  They thrilled
to the power of Rocky Colavito, the dash of Minnie Minoso, the antics
of Jimmy Piersall, and the gutsy pitching of Cal McLish.  Eight year-
old Andy reveled in this new, wonderful world of home runs, wild
crowds, and a pennant race into late summer in a sports-mad steel
town along Lake Erie.  Would it always be like this?  Andy and his
classmates at Audubon Elementary School believed it would go on
forever, until one fateful April day.