Sports Clothing Store: The Curse of Rocky Colavito
Cleveland, this might be the year for you, at least regarding baseball. Tonight, the Cleveland Indians face off against the Chicago Cubs at the Progressive field in Game 1 of the 2016 MLB World Series. This game marks the first time the Indians have a shot at winning the World Series since 1948, which was just 3 years after a billy goat cursed the Cubs. However, the Chicago Cubs are not the only cursed baseball team in the MLB. According to legend, the Cleveland Indians have a curse of their own, The Curse of Rocky Colavito.
Who Is Rocky Colavito?
Born in the Bronx in 1933, Rocco “Rocky” Colavito grew up idolizing the New York Yankees. Showing little interest in school, Colavito began playing semipro baseball when he was merely a child. By the age of sixteen, Colavito dropped out of school to pursue his dreams of playing for a MLB team. The Cleveland Indians signed Colavito on in the mid 1950s, and his frequent home runs gained legendary status. Cleveland fans loved Colavito not just for his incredible batting skills but for his approachability and kindness to fans. Colavito loved Cleveland and he loved his team, but his days as an Indian didn’t last.
What About the Curse?
Indians General Manager Frank “Trade” Lane gained a very unfavorable reputation as a trade-happy wheeler dealer during his tenure in Cleveland. In 1960, Lane traded out Rocky Colavito to the Detroit Tigers, enraging Colavito and Cleveland Indians fans. In fact, Lane traded over forty Indians players in just a two year span, which made him perhaps the most hated man in Cleveland. Some superstitious fans believed that the Colavito trade to Detroit marked a Cleveland Indians curse, and the Indians struggled for victory ever since.