May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Cleveland Browns fans Brandon Fritz and brother Anthony Fritz and Zak Gebler and Rob Tomaro in the auditorium before the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

My Ohio Ties: A Cleveland Sports Fan Story

(Editor’s Note: I ask all new writers to make their first post personal, so you can get to know them and have an idea where they are coming from. This is Ric’s.)

I was born in Wadsworth, Ohio and grew up in Cuyahoga Falls. I went to high school in the sixties, so as you can guess, I’m no youngster! Did some coaching on the teenage level, both in baseball and basketball, mostly park and recreation leagues and at church. Have been a sports fan of the Cleveland teams for life!

My first experience with the Cleveland Indians and fondest memory was sitting on the front porch with my grandfather and listening to Jimmy Dudley do the games. They weren’t on TV yet, there really weren’t any televisions to be found! But we would sit and hang on every pitch! I remember Jimmy’s call, ” Held to Temple one away back to Power, it’s a double play! Got to go to see them live about once a year, what a thrill!!

More or less I had the same experience with the Cleveland Browns. One exception, after fall we listened in the house! My biggest memories was the Jim Brown years. I actually got to see him play against Sam Huff and Redskins live from what was, the old stadium, Dawg Pound before it was called that! Of the three teams in pro sports, yes I remember the old Barons hockey team, the Browns are the team I am most passionate about. We sat by the radio in 1963, listening to Cleveland’s last Championship win and I can close my eyes and still hear the Ryan to Collins touchdown catch!

It was when the Cleveland Cavaliers still played at Richfield and they had Bingo and then World B. Free and they were running buy one ticket and get one free or half price in certain sections and my friends would all pile in my car and go to the games! Then they had Jim Nance and Mark Price, Craig Ehlo, and the gang and the games they played against Jordan. Was in the building when Michael scored 63! I have grown up with Cleveland sports in my blood! Not to mention the Buckeyes!

Although I live in the south now, I follow them more, and my passion for a Championship for Ohio grows daily!!

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