Baseball seasons may come and go, but the baseball discussions never stop.
On Saturday, November 18, from 12-1 PM, one such conversation will occur at the Baseball Heritage Museum at historic League Park in Cleveland, Ohio, where published author and Did The Tribe Win Last Night writer Vince Guerrieri will present the story of Baseball Hall of Fame umpire and first Cleveland Indians general manager, Billy Evans.
He thought he was going to be a lawyer. Circumstances forced him into newspaper work. He ended up becoming a Hall of Fame umpire and a sports executive for two Cleveland teams in different sports.
He’s Billy Evans, and he’ll be the topic of a presentation by Did the Tribe Win Last Night staff writer Vince Guerrieri at noon Saturday at the Baseball Heritage Museum at League Park. The program is free to the public and made possible, in part, by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture (CAC).
One of my unofficial duties with this website is as its book reviewer.
I’ve read plenty of books about baseball history and talked to a lot of authors. The most recent was “No Money, No Beer, No Pennants,” a book by Scott Longert about the Indians during the Depression.
Also on my list of books to read is James Sulecki’s book, “The Cleveland Rams: The NFL Champs Who Left Too Soon.” It’s about the football team that called Cleveland home and in fact won the NFL championship in 1945 before decamping for the West Coast (the people of Cleveland weren’t too disappointed by their depature; a new team in a new league was coming into existence with a deeper connection to the city: the Browns).
Obviously, the books cover similar time periods, so there is a certain amount of overlap, but there’s one person who figures into the history of both the Rams and the Indians – and Cleveland sports in general: Billy Evans.