When the Colts Belonged to Baltimore by William Gildea

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In this moving book, William Gildea evokes the spirit of 1950s America, when major league sports players were hometown heroes. As a boy, Gildea attended nearly every Colts game with his father; together they watched the Colts become one of the greatest teams in the history of the NFL. The Colts were an integral part of Baltimore's culture and identity. When the team was moved to Indianapolis in 1984, Baltimore never felt the same.

About William Gildea

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William Gildea is a sportswriter for the Washington Post. He and his wife, Mary Fran, parents of four, live in Bethesda, Maryland.
Published October 1, 1994 by Houghton Mifflin. 311 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Business & Economics, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Gildea recalls a quartet of Colts fans: his father, the poet and humorist Ogden Nash, a longshoreman named Joey Radomski, and a unique character named Hurst Loudenslager, called ``Loudy.'' This last figure looms as an unusual example of a fan who became closer to the players he idolized than almo...

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