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12/06/2011

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Doug

It's mystifying why Tony never had a Topps baseball card during the duration of his career. Was it a contract issue? He was a significant part of the Tribe's offense in 1969.

Dan E

Doug - I've heard that it was because Tony wasn't a member of the players' union, though that might be apocryphal...

Kelly

The official line in the paper was "nervous exhaustion". As a kid, I never understood that. He was my favorite Indian.

Sandy

Tony Horton was the best! If you were booed every time you came out to hit, you would feel pretty bad about yourself. I feel for him all these years, he doesn't even collect his pension from baseball. Apologies are too late. But know that some never gave up on you Tony.

troy

1970 was my first year as a baseball fan and the Tribe was my team. It is mind boggling as to why Tribe fans would boo Tony Horton. His numbers didn't warrant booing. I have always wondered what kind of lineup the Tribe could have had in the early to mid 70's if Tony could have had an Andre Thorton spiritual born again experience and came back the next year, If Ray Fosse wouldnt have had his shoulder crushed by Rose in that years all star game. Add them to Graig Nettles, Chris Chambliss and Buddy Bell and Tribe would have had a nice team. What could have been but glad Tony was able to move on and have a productive life after baseball.

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  • Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Southern California, and is available for speaking engagements.