Talking Tribe during the Great Depression

Learn about the Cleveland Indians' history during the Great Depression during an author talk at Mentor Public Library.

Learn about the Cleveland Indians’ history during the Great Depression during an author talk at Mentor Public Library.

It’s a boom time to be a Cleveland Indians fan (or Cleveland sports fan, in general,) but it hasn’t always been this way.

There have been lean years.

And few eras were as frustrating and fascinating as the Cleveland Indians during the Great Depression. The team had struggles both on and off the pitch despite fielding stars like Bob Feller, Earl Averill, and Hal Trosky.

Author Scott Longert sums up the tenor of that time with the title of his new book, No Money, No Beer, No Pennants: The Cleveland Indians and Baseball in the Great Depression.

Longert will talk Tribe during a free author talk at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at our Main Branch. Copies of his book will also be available for purchase.

Longert has his MA in American history and works as a ranger at James A. Garfield National Historic Site. He knows baseball as well as he knows history.

He’s also written The Best They Could Be about the World Series-winning 1920 Cleveland Indians and Addie Joss: King of the Pitchers.

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