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Whatever Happened to Super Joe?: Catching Up With 45 Good Old Guys from the Bad Old Days of the Cleveland Indians Paperback – October 31, 2006

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I’m just going to drop a few names: Gomer Hodge, Joe Charboneau, Wayne Garland, Joe Azcue, Fred Whitfield and Frank Duffy. If those names mean something to you, so will this book. Schneider covered many of these players when he was on the beat for the Plain Dealer. He knew them back in the day, and he brings up to date on what they are doing. It’s an easy read, and should be irresistible to Tribe fans. (Terry Pluto, Direct from Pluto 20070125)

These good old guys from the bad old days on the lakefront make for a nostalgic trip down a memory lane only Cleveland fans can appreciate. (Barry Goodriich Currents 20070622)

Russell Schneider wrote about baseball for Cleveland newspapers during many of these years, which gives him a unique vantage point from which to write about these sometime warriors. Without sentimentality, he plays the game of ‘whatever happened to . . .’ as well as anyone. This is a very readable book, whether a chapter at a time, or just to go straight through it, wallowing in our ‘what might have been’. (Kelly Ferjutz CoolCleveland.com 20070725)

A breezy read, and when it’s at its best is when the players are candid about their days at cavernous Cleveland Municipal Stadium. (Anthony Castrovince MLB.com 20070531)

About the Author

Russell Schneider was a sportswriter and columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer for 32 years. He covered the Indians daily from 1964 through 1977. He has written one book on the Cleveland Browns and 12 books about baseball and the Indians, including The Cleveland Indians Encyclopedia, Lou Boudreau: Covering All the Bases, and The Glorious Indian Summer of 1995, and he is a lifelong fan of the team. He lives in Seven Hills, Ohio.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (October 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598510274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598510270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,387,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By COOL JEWEL on January 13, 2007
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THIS BOOK CONTAINS INTERVIEWS WITH 45 EX CLEVELAND INDIANS SOME OF WHOM WERE GOOD BUT MOST WERE NOT THAT GOOD. AUTHOR RUSS SCHNEIDER BRINGS US BACK TO THE BAD OLD DAYS WITH INTERVIEWS WITH PLAYERS FROM THE 50'S TO THE 90'S. SOME OF THE NAMES INCLUDED ARE: THE IMMORTAL JOE AZCUE, SUPER JOE CHARBONEAU, MUDCAR GRANT, STUNNING STEVE DUNNING AND GOMER HODGE. IT IS A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE OF TRIBE HISTORY WHEN THEY WERE NOT VERY GOOD. THIS BOOK BRINGS BACK MANY MANY WONDERFUL AND NOSTALGIC MEMORIES. I HIGHLY RECOMEND THIS BOOK FOR TRIBE FANS WHO FOLLOWED THE TEAM FROM THE 60'S TO THE 90'S. A MUST READ FOR THE NOSTALGIC INDIAN FAN.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 13, 2008
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Younger fans of the Cleveland Indians, those that came of age with the Jacobs Fields successes in the 1990's, will not appreciate this book as much as those of us who suffered with some very bad and a few mediocre teams over the years.

Even younger Cleveland Indians fans probably know about the great 1948 champs, the 1954 pennant and maybe the 1921 World Series. They have at least heard of the great Indians Hall of Famers like Bob Feller, Lou Boudreau, Larry Doby, Tris Speaker, Early Winn, Bob Lemon , Nap Lajoie, Cy Young and others.

But you had to live through the long period of bad times that lasted through most of the 1960's all the way till the early and mid-1990's to really appreciate what it means to be a Cleveland Indians fan.

Author Russell Schneider is the perfect person to write about the Tribe. He covered the Indians as a sportswriter for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He's also written several books about the Indians. You could always tell from a Russ Schneider baseball piece that he was first and foremost a baseball fan. It was obvious that he loved the game.

That also comes across in this book, a collection of 45 updates of some memorable and some long-forgotten men who played for the Cleveland Indians.

Depending on your age, some of the players will be immediately recognizable and you will jump to their section: Max Alvis - the 2nd best 3rd baseman of his era (after Brooks Robinson) , Charlie Spikes - the Bogalusa Bomber, Duane Kuiper - who hit one and only one home run in his career, Gomer Hodge who after going 4 for 4 on Opening Day proclaimed that he was hitting 4.00 and Super Joe Charboneau - the legendary rookie of the year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tannhauser on October 22, 2007
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At first blush, this looks like an all time great book for any Tribe fan who suffered through the 60's, 70's and 80's with the hopelessly incompetent Indians.

While some of the names and photos will surely bring back lost memories and pluck the strings of sentimentality, the book is rather poor in execution.

I'm not entirely sure who the audience Schneider was trying to reach was, but as an adult (as surely almost every fan of that era is now) I found it to have a distinct "Highschool term paper" quality to it.

His questions to the ex-players were very formulaic, almost to the point where you could predict which 5 of the 8 standard questions he posed to the subjects would be listed. One could almost suspect that he obtained the last known addresses for the thousand or so players to make the team in that time period, sent them a questionnaire, and published the 45 responses he received.

There's no insight whatsoever to the players, what the team was like, interesting anecdotes, or even compelling stories of what they went through after leaving "The Show".

By and large, Schneider is a hack of a writer, and should have left the execution of this idea to a more capable author.
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