Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Browns bibliography

Football seasons come and go, but good books endure. Below is the most comprehensive list anywhere of books related to the Cleveland Browns -- journalism, memoir, history, biography, photography, reference and more -- even true crime and fiction. (Media guides, yearbooks, and books for juvenile readers are not included). These 70 titles are sorted by year of publication.

Click the links (Powell's and Amazon affiliate) to learn more and add to your own library or to that of a fellow Browns fan. My general survey of Cleveland Browns books appeared in the January 2008 issue of the Orange and Brown Report Magazine, and I have been reviewing individual titles in recent issues.

Whether it’s a fresh title or one out-of-print and overlooked, a Browns book has to be a better gift than a Tim Couch jersey, eh?

I update this page periodically, so feel free to bookmark it, and please send along your tips on upcoming titles, recommendations, feedback, and corrections.





Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns by Terry Pluto, 2010

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Classic Browns: The 50 Greatest Games in Cleveland Browns History by Jonathan Knight, 2008

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Paul Brown: The Man Who Invented Modern Football by George Cantor, 2008

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Paul Brown: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football's Most Innovative Coach by Andrew O'Toole, 2008

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Cleveland Browns Trivia Teasers by Richard Pennington, 2008

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One Moment Changes Everything: The All-America Tragedy of Don Rogers by Sean D. Harvey, 2007

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Browns Scrapbook: A Fond Look Back at Five Decades of Football, from a Legendary Cleveland Sportswriter by Chuck Heaton, 2007

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Playing For Pizza: A Novel by John Grisham, 2007

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Jim Brown: The Fierce Life of an American Hero by Mike Freeman, 2006

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Heart of a Mule: The Dick Schafrath Stories by Dick Schafrath, 2006

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The Best Show in Football: The 1946-1955 Cleveland Browns--Pro Football's Greatest Dynasty by Andy Piascik, 2006

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Sundays in the Pound: The Heroics and Heartbreak of the 1985-89 Cleveland Browns by Jonathan Knight, 2006

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Browns Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan! by Mary Schmitt Boyer, 2006

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Browns Glory: For the Love of Ozzie, the Toe, and Otto by Alan Ross (ed.), 2005

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Cleveland Browns History by Frank M. Henkel, 2005

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For Browns Fans Only! by Rich Wolfe, 2005

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The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam, 2005

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False Start: How The New Browns Were Set Up To Fail by Terry Pluto, 2004

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Tales From the Browns Sideline by Tony Grossi, 2004

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OttoMatic by Duey Graham, 2004

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Best of Hal Lebovitz: Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland by Hal Lebovitz, 2004

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Heroes, Scamps, and Good Guys: 101 Colorful Characters from Cleveland Sports History by Bob Dolgan, 2003

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Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns by Jonathan Knight, 2003

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Browns Town 1964: The Cleveland Browns and the 1964 Championship by Terry Pluto, 2003

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Cleveland Browns A-Z by Roger Gordon, 2002

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From Ghetto to God: The Incredible Journey of NFL Star, Reggie Rucker by Reggie Rucker and Nadine McIlwain, 2002

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Brown’s Town: 20 Famous Browns Talk Amongst Themselves by Alan Natali, 2001

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Rugged and Enduring: The Eagles, the Browns, and 5 Years of Football by David Cohen, 2001

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First and Last Seasons: A Father, A Son, and Sunday Afternoon Football by Dan McGraw, 2000

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Back Home: The Cleveland Browns by Tim Graham, editor, 1999

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On Being Brown: What It Means to Be a Cleveland Browns Fan by Scott Huler, 1999

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Cleveland Browns Facts and Trivia by Roger Gordon, 1999

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The Cleveland Browns: The Official Illustrated History by Ron Smith, 1999

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Cleveland’s Browns (Photo Highlights of the First Fifty Years of the Cleveland Browns) by Paul Tepley, 1999

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The Cleveland Browns: The Great Tradition by Bob Moon, 1999

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Total Browns: The Official Encyclopedia of the Cleveland Browns by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, John Thorn, 1999

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The Best of the Cleveland Browns Memories by Russell Schneider, 1999

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The Browns: Cleveland’s Team by Richard Shmelter, 1999

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Legends by the Lake: The Cleveland Browns at Municipal Stadium by John Keim, 1999

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Tim Couch: A Passion for the Game by John McGill and Dave Baker, 1999

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When All the World Was Browns Town by Terry Pluto, 1997

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Glory for Sale: Inside the Browns' Move to Baltimore & the New NFL by Jon Morgan, 1997

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Fumble: The Browns, Modell, & the Move by Michael G. Poplar with James A. Toman, 1997

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Cleveland Stadium: The Last Chapter by James A. Toman and Gregory G. Deegan, 1997

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City of Champions: The Story of the 1948 Cleveland Barons, Browns and Indians by Kevin O’Connell, 1997

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Browns Memories: The 338 Most Memorable Heroes, Heartaches & Highlights from 50 Seasons of Cleveland Browns Football by Tim Long, 1996

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The Toe: The Lou Groza Story by Lou Groza with Mark Hodermarsky, 1996

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Deadly Goals: The True Story of an All-American Football Hero Who Stalked and Murdered by Wilt Browning, 1996

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The Cleveland Browns: A 50-Year Tradition by Steve Byrne, Jim Campbell, Mark Craig, Bob Moon, 1995

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Cleveland Stadium: 60 Years of Memories by James A. Toman, 1994

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The Cleveland Sports Legacy Since 1945 by Mark Hodermarsky, 1991

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Behind the Lines by Don Strock and Harvey Frommer, 1991

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Out of Bounds by Jim Brown and Steve Delsohn, 1989

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Pressure by Sam Rutigliano, 1988

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I Went Both Ways by Don Paul, 1988

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Cleveland Browns Trivia by John F. Grabowski, 1987

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Football’s Gentle Giant: The Blanton Collier Story by Kay Collier Slone, 1985

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Day By Day in Cleveland Browns History by Morris Eckhouse, 1984

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Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, the Story of a Heisman Trophy Winner by Robert C. Gallagher, 1983

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Sam, Sipe, & Company : The Story of the Cleveland Browns by William V Levy, 1981

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PB: The Paul Brown Story by Paul Brown and Jack Clary, 1979

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The Cleveland Browns: Power and Glory by Chuck Heaton, 1974

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Cleveland Browns: Great Teams, Great Years by Jack Clary, 1973

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They Call It a Game: Shoulders the NFL Stands On by Bernie Parrish, 1971 (reissued in 2000)

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My Greatest Challenge by Bill Glass, 1968

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Get in the Game! by Bill Glass, 1965

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Return to Glory: The Story of the Cleveland Browns by Bill Levy, 1965

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Off My Chest by Jimmy Brown with Myron Cope, 1964

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Confessions of a Gypsy Quarterback by George Ratterman and Robert Deindorfer, 1962

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Football Scouting by Robert C. "Sarge" MacKenzie, 1955

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T Quarterback by Otto Graham, 1953

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