Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger – Mark Sommer


Cleveland Stories Dinner Parties

  • Venue:Supper Club
  • Showtime:7:00 pm
  • Doors open:5:00 pm
  • All Ages, Free Admission, Dining Reservations Required




Doors open at 5:00pm, with the storytelling beginning promptly at 7:00pm

  • Weekly series combining great food with great stories about Cleveland’s past
  • Pre Fixe 3-course dinner option just $20
  • This week’s menu:
    • Ballpark Soup
    • Bratwurst & Kraut
    • Peanut Sundae


    Story topic this week…

    Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger
    Rocky Colavito is one of the most popular baseball players and athletes in Cleveland sports history. A six-time All Star and home run champ, Colavito is the closest thing to sports royalty in the city and one of the last resonating ties to 1960s Indians baseball in Municipal Stadium. Inspired by Colavito’s compelling career, Buffalo News reporter Mark Sommer will share interviews and stories from his book Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger.

    Mark Sommer Bio

    Mark Sommer imitated Rocky Colavito’s batting swing growing up, and read a biography of the Cleveland Indians slugger published in 1966. That stood as the only biography of Colavito until Mark’s book was published in June by McFarland & Co.

    Mark had Rocky’s full cooperation while working on the book, spending hundreds of hours speaking to the Cleveland legend. He also produced “The Return of Rocky Colavito” at the State Theatre during All-Star Week, an extravaganza that featured Sam McDowell, Luis Tiant, Vern Fuller, John Adams, and Bob DiBiasio.

    Mark is a 20-year veteran of The Buffalo News, and Rocky Colavito: Cleveland’s Iconic Slugger is his first book.

    The goal of the Cleveland Stories Dinner Party is to bring to life some of the fun, interesting stories about Cleveland’s past – from sports, to rock ‘n roll, to Millionaire’s Row, — the series will focus on tidbits from Cleveland’s past that will really thrill the audience. The Music Box is presenting this series in partnership with the Western Reserve Historical Society’s new Cleveland History Center. We think the Cleveland History Center is one of the most important museums in Cleveland. An unknown gem that Clevelanders should know more about, and support. It is the only museum in Cleveland dedicated to preserving and documenting the history of Cleveland. The Cleveland History Center includes two mansions, the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum, Chisholm Halle Costume Wing, Research Library, Kidzibits Hands-On Gallery, rotating exhibitions, and the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.

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