Youngstown Native Publishes ‘Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Vince Guerrieri’s new book, “Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports,” is now available.

It’s the third book that the Youngstown native has written or co-authored.

Cleveland sports fans have witnessed more than their share of weird, wild, random and odd occurrences, ranging from front office ineptitude to absurd losses to bizarre injuries. Guerrieri’s book includes stories about:

  • The Cavaliers player who accidentally scored a layup in the wrong basket, and another who shot at his own basket on purpose.
  • The testy Indians manager who got into a fight during an exhibition game with a Triple-A farm team.
  • The Browns owner who took advice from a stranger and blew a first-round draft pick.
  • The rookie pitcher shot in the leg while riding on the team bus wearing a cheerleader outfit and go-go boots.
  • The Indians player who was traded for himself.
  • A victory owed to a timely swarm of insects.

Guerrieri grew up on Youngstown’s west side, where he graduated from Chaney High School.

A Bowling Green State University graduate, he worked at the Fremont News-Messenger before moving on to the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and Medina County Gazette.

He also freelances for Ohio Magazine and Cleveland Magazine, and national outlets Popular Mechanics, Defector and CityLab.

In 2013, Guerrieri published “The Blue Streaks and Little Giants” (2013), which is about the hundred-plus year football rivalry between Fremont and Sandusky high schools.

His first book, “Ohio Sports Trivia” (2011) was co-authored with J. Alexander Poulton.

“Weird Moments in Cleveland Sports” (198 pages, paperback, $16.95, Gray Publishing) can be purchased from the publisher’s website, Amazon and other online booksellers.

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