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Attending a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark isn't that different from a game at Canal Park or Progressive Field, except a lot warmer. Fans who want a closer encounter with players go to the Player Development Complex down the road where hundreds of players practice. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
The abstract art in front of Goodyear Ballpark, has seams that make it look like a strange baseball. It's called Zizzy, the same name as the ballpark's mascot. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Rick Danburg, father of Indians Senior Director Communications, works for the Indians each spring. He talks to fans at the Player Development Complex with tips on when the players will come and go, how to get autographs and other advice. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Jeff Poe of Medina shows off the poster he uses to collect Cleveland Indians autographs. Prizes include signatures of Tito Francona, Phil Niekro and Joe Carter. When he's done, it will be framed and hung in his office. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Indians' Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona, is a prime location for collecting autographs. The players walk to and from the main practice field right in front of this fence. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Goodyear Ballpark has a tiny diamond next to the big leaguers' field. It lets kids can hone their own skills while parents watch the game. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Bill Crook and his son Chazz Crook, 10 of Utah play catch at the Indians Player Development Complex not far from where the big leaguers were practicing on March 10. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Sherry Poe thanks Nyjer Morgan for giving her his autograph after the March 10 ballgame. Fans call the players over as they leave the locker room and pass their papers and pens through the fence to be signed. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Traci Christler of Brunswick has attended the Indians' spring training every year since they moved to Goodyear in 2009. She is collecting autographs on a framed poster with the chorus to "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
The Indians Player Development Complex in Goodyear, Arizona, is a place where fans can meet and talk baseball as they watch the players run through drills. (Dave Scott/Akron Beacon Journal)
Each Tuesday and Thursday, half of the basketball court at Shaw Jewish Community Center turns into a 12-table pingpong practice arena.
There, the game of pingpong transforms into the sport of table tennis. Players of all ages serious about improving their skills complete physical training, challenge one another and practice their spin against ball-launching robots—all under the instruction of Samson Dubina.
In the fall of 1966, Kenmore High School senior quarterback Don Plusquellic turned his single season as a starter into an aerial showcase like no one had seen. He set school records. He dominated City Series games. He attracted college recruiters like bees to the golden pollen from which victory blossoms. The following is from Chapter One: “Football: A Plan for a Lifetime.”