Jacobs Field, a new book by Vince McKee looks back at the first 20 years of Indians baseball at Jacobs/Progressive Field. Roughly half the book details the early years when a new stadium and great baseball teams came together to draw fans in record numbers, leading to 455 consecutive sellouts (an MLB record, at the time). McKee spoke with some of the keys figures from those years, including John Hart, Mike Hargrove, Jim Thome, Kenny Lofton, and Carlos Baerga. The 2000s are also covered, though in less detail, as both play on the field and numbers in the stands became somewhat less inspiring for much of the last dozen years or so.
McKee, a Cleveland native, will be appearing at three local bookstores this week:
Thursday, April 10, 6-8:00 p.m.: Books-a-Million, 3230 Westgate Mall, Fairview Park.
Friday, April 11, 7-9 p.m. : Visible Voice, 1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland.
Saturday, April 12 2-4 p.m. : 198 Crocker Park Blvd., Westlake.
If you're looking for a stroll down memory lane, or know a younger reader who'd enjoy learning more about the recent history of their favorite team, the book is on sale now, in stores and online (such as at Amazon).