Never says in the post that the Pipers were the first pro basketball team in the city, Gerry, but everything else you wrote is accurate and, sadly, forgotten by most Clevelanders.
I was told by a usher to stop throwing paper air planes because it might hurt someone.
That I will confer. Bernie is a mean and belligerent man when drunk in a bar. Seen him twice in South Florida bars where he was way far gone... Very sad. Offered to take him home and wanted to take me on for that.
I just saw this now and it is funny how misconceptions occur. I was the person in the "Bug" costume. The Bug was called the "Baseball Bug" in 1980 and it was shortened to the "Basebug" in 1981. The original idea of a bug was because the Indians theme at the time was "Indian Fever, Get Bitten By the Bug". so, I guess they wanted a creature that would be able to jump around the stadium and cavort with the fans, especially the kids. The problem was that the original costume in 1980 was too large and too cumbersome to do almost anything except walk around. It largely hung off of my shoulders and weighed over 30 pounds. So, for 1981 they changed the costume to make it so that I could do more things with it, which I did. Many of the things I did were criticized as being "too risky" and George Steinbrenner even filed a protest with the league office and so they banned me from the field and dugouts during Yankee games at the Stadium. The reason that the Bug was "sidelined" after the 1981 season had absolutely nothing to do with the fans not caring for the mascot. It had to do with money. A radio station approached the Indians with incentives and one of the station's requirements was to use a new mascot with their call letters on the back. They asked me to stay and don that costume, but I had finished grad school and got a "real job"!! In the middle of the 1982 season they again called me because they had gone through several people in the costume and none seemed to work. I turned it down. That mascot lasted a year. I personally do not care if someone does not care for the mascot or anything else for that matter, but it is interesting how people like to talk or write about something they know nothing about and treat their words as fact, like our man Vince above. I had a wonderful couple years in the costume, met many interesting people, saw things I am glad I saw and some I wished I had not. The Indians players at the time were a great bunch of guys and the front office were good people overall. And I guarantee you, Gabe Paul never wore the costume (though Joe Charboneau did!!)
Fire Tony Rizzo,he adds nothing but silly talk about food and his stupid sound effects and worst his his GOD awful music he keeps playing. All the talk host only seem interested in playing their stupid music. If I wanted STUPID rap music i would listen to another station. I now listen to 92.3 the fan, but they are starting to act stupid with their bumper music. They need to bring on Bruce Drennan. He can talk sports by himself without having other hosts chimeing in or arguing amongst themselves. In other words he can talk sports without any help. And Jerry Rome is as useless as Rizzo.
I think they do a fantastic job. Matt underwood is so knowledgable about baseball and its history. I think they compliment each other very well!
A neat article from a few years ago that can always be cranked back out before training camp opens. The "classic" look of the helmet should not be changed -- though, I believe in the Policy years, the orange was initially a tad darker, but eventually reverted to the "original" color -- but a tough looking elf could be created for that slick merchandising which drives pro sports.
Great article! You know i love our classic look. I have always thought of the minimalist uniqueness equals classic original.
I would say if there was a scenario where the organization because of pure marketing standpoint or ruling needed to incorporate a logo on the helmet I will only favor this. The browns, according to historians did actually have a logo on their helmet which I was amazed was not mentioned. We also recently used them I believe twice in one season. That would be #s on the side of the helmet. Like I said if we had to this would be the only solution to keep the classic browns look incorporated with another look from a classic college football team in the Alabama Crimson Tide.
I guess I'm the only person who actually really liked the numbers on the helmets. My idea would be to put the numbers just on one side of the helmet still leaving the other side blank to keep the traditionalists happy.
Paper airplanes beat the beers being dumped by "fans" from the upper deck walkways onto people in the lower deck.
I grew up seeing the Brownie in the 1960's, and so he will ALWAYS be Cleveland's one and only symbol. While the organization moved away from him in the 70's, and some fans adopted junk like a dog ("dawg"), I've always remembered the Brownie fondly. He is simply the greatest mascot in the history of sports, any era, any teams, any sport (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, etc). As for WHICH Brownie, I've always liked the "standard" one with the hands on the hips (and the Championship variation wearing the crown), but also the earlier "half-back" tough-looking Brownie stiff-arming as he runs. Either one should be on the helmet (or AT LEAST on the sleeve, a la the Viking man, as an earlier poster said. Say, does anyone remember the "concept" helmet that the Browns almost adopted in 1965? Same colors, but with a "CB".? It even appeared in some artwork of the time, but never ended up being used. At that time, instead of the "CB", they should have adopted the standing Brownie on the helmet. But what can you expect from that stinkin' pole-cat and TRAITOR, Art Modell?
Wow, talk about a blast from the past here.
Too funny...I remember yrs. Ago Mike had a sports bloopers show that ran in My hometown ( home of Mikes former team Eagles) of Philly. He was always a character...still entertaining on Mike & Mike. His bro Bob meanwhile did some acting..My Two Dads comes to mind..lol. What field is Greg in..anyone know? Great pic.
Even how many years after the fact, these shirts are still hilarious.
Great article but I disagree the Elf should be on the helmet :-)
Heather, your dad is awesome! :-). Cool story... He looks so young in the pic... Lol!
Interesting article and thanks for sharing!! The Brownie Elf Rocks Cleveland!!
Awesome for fans of James & Globetrotters!!!
The Pipers were not Cleveland's first pro basketball team.
The Cleveland Rosenblums dominated pro basketball in the late 1920's. The Cleveland Allman Transfers played in the National Basketball League in the 1940's. The Cleveland Rebels played in the Basketball Association of America in 1947. The BAA changed it's name to the NBA in 1949.
The Pipers were Cleveland's last pro basketball team to win a championship in 1962. The team included a number of notable 1960's pro and college players.
Why is everyone hating on Matt Bellamy?? He's an amazing musician who plays for an epic band named Muse!! I'm a massive fan of Muse and it upsets me to see so many people judging him only because he's clearly saying what he thinks!! As he says, grow up!! I'd like to see you do what Matt Bellamy does, he's a very talented man with a talented band :) rant over..
I have printed these two letters and they are now hanging on my wall side by side. Still makes me laugh every time I walk past them, lol.
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