Cleveland sports fans recall the distant past like it was yesterday. There was so much to celebrate; there were so many reasons to be proud.
In the 1940s and Æ50s, Cleveland was home to champions. The Browns and Indians were winners, and the mood of the city reflected it.
Neighborhoods were close-knit. Shopkeepers waved at customers and called them by name. Factories were humming. Schools were teeming with students. Streets were busy. Homes and highways were springing up everywhere.
America had won a war. A can-do spirit permeated every walk of life.
The Browns were a big reason why. In the Forties they won four consecutive championships in the upstart All-America Football Conference, then trumped it by winning the NFL title in 1950, their first yea ...
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Article written by Tom Delamater