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In 1997, the Cleveland Indians came within a hair of winning the World Series. Instead, they blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth and lost 3-2 to the Florida Marlins in twelve innings. The Marlins franchise was only five years old. The Indians had been around forever. Terry Pluto was at that game, writing away, composing a story for the Akron Beacon Journal. At the same time, hundreds of miles away in Sarasota, Florida, his father, Tom, lay suffering -- both from the disappointment of the game and from the pain of the stroke that had debilitated him a few years earlier -- as the Indians frittered away their lead, blowing their chance of capturing their third World Series. Despite the physical distance, both Plutos were thinking the same thing: The Indians always need one more run.

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Terry Pluto

Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the . He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nations top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of 23 books, including (selected by the as one of the five notable sports books of 1989) , and L, which was ranked number 13 on s list of the top 100 sports books of all time. He was called Perhaps the best American writer of sports books, by the in 1997. He lives with his wife, Roberta, in Akron, Ohio. "

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