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George Steinbrenner: The Cleveland Indians Owner That Never Was

Baseball

George Steinbrenner: The Cleveland Indians Owner That Never Was

Probably only the most hardened of Cleveland baseball fans know that the venerable and longtime New York Yankees owner, one George Steinbrenner, had his sights set first on his hometown team, the Cleveland Indians (which had its fair share of interesting team owners in the past).   A handshake deal was struck by Steinbrenner in December of 1971 with Tribe owner Vernon Stouffer’s son Jimmy for Steinbrenner and his buying group to acquire the Indians for $8.6 million. The younger Stouffer and Steinbrenner had been classmates at Culver Military Academy in Indiana, and it seemed like Steinbrenner was on the verge...

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The Winking Lizard Says Goodbye to Its Pet Lizards

The Winking Lizard Says Goodbye to Its Pet Lizards

The Winking Lizard Tavern is one of our favorite local restaurants; the regional chain is known for its food and expansive beer menu, but also the resident lizards that hang out in a habitat while you eat (they're obviously a big hit with the kids, too).  Or, at least, they used to, as the Winking Lizard is planning to no longer house lizards in its restaurants, a staple since the company's inception 40 years ago. I knew something was up when the lizard habitat was recently closed off at the Mayfield location... Anyway, the main reason for the move is that the lizard...

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Abraham Lincoln's Speech in Cleveland, Ohio on February 15, 1861

History

Abraham Lincoln's Speech in Cleveland, Ohio on February 15, 1861

After winning the 1860 presidential election, Abraham Lincoln made a barnstorming trip through the United States as he made his way to Washington, D.C.  This included a stay in Cleveland, Ohio from February 15-16, 1861, the only time he visited the city in life, as his coffin did travel through the city again following his assassination. As you can see in the speech below, the uneasy political climate and boiling tensions between the North and South already weighed heavily on Lincoln's thoughts - by this time, six states (Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas) had seceded from the Union. It was obvious...

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Bring Back the $1.99 MDP Burger!

Football

Bring Back the $1.99 MDP Burger!

During his ten-year NFL career, Michael Dean Perry was a six-time Pro Bowler, two-time All-Pro selection, and was the UPI Defensive Player of the Year in 1989. But the most important and lasting impact of Perry's career came during his time in Cleveland (he played for the Browns from 1988 to 1994), when he ushered in the magnificent MDP, a triple cheeseburger slathered in bacon - and circular bacon at that! Now, the MDP is no more and hasn't been for nearly 30 years, but maybe it's time we did something right for a change as a society and brought it...

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Akron-native Thurman Munson Belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Akron-native Thurman Munson Belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame

Full disclosure: As a longtime Cleveland baseball fan, I have never found it easy to say anything nice about the New York Yankees, but if there was one individual in all my years of being a fan who has been able to bridge that natural rivalry, it would be Akron native Thurman Munson. You probably are aware that Munson died on August 2nd, 1979 in a plane crash in Green Ohio, near his home in Canton while practicing takeoffs and landings with his Cessna Citation. Munson had been flying for just over a year and this latest plane (his fourth) was...

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