It’s been awhile since the Indians and the city of Cleveland celebrated a World Series win—since 1948, to be exact.
But this isn’t another sad song about Rocky Colavito or Jose Mesa. This is about remembering a time—the first time, specifically—when the Indians were the undisputed best in baseball.
Longert is a devoted fan of the Indians and baseball, in general. He learned to read from box scores and even wrote a biography on Indians pitcher Addie Joss.
(If Longert looks familiar, you may recognize him as one of the park rangers at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.)
We interviewed Longert before his talk.
If you’re a Tribe fan and/or a local history buff, you’ll probably love The Best They Could Be. It’s available online and at book stores all around Cleveland.