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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cleveland Hopes Curse Over After Magic Homer

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Sandy Alomar's homer in the All-Star game may have buried the Cleveland curse.


At least it seemed that way when Alomar's shot took its dramatic flight into baseball history in the American League's 3-1 victory Tuesday.


"When a guy hits a home run in the All-Star game at his own ballpark, it's magic,'' said teammate Jim Thome.


Magic, as opposed to the bad luck and miserable destiny that besieged this city and sports franchise for decades.


"This is another stake in the heart of bad things of Cleveland's past,'' said Terry Pluto, author of the 1994 book, "The Curse of Rocky Colavito.''


The litany of misfortune that all seemed tied to the trade of Colavito from Cleveland to Detroit for Harvey Kuenn on April 17, 1960.


From 1948 to '59, the Indians finished first, second or third nine times, winning two pennants. From 1960 to '93, they had four 100-loss seasons and finished as high as third only once.


For years, the whole town was America's favorite joke. There were the riots at Cleveland Stadium in 1974 and the delay of the 1981 All-Star game in Cleveland because of a players' strike.


In 1993, a boating accident claimed the lives of pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews. A year later, the Indians were in second place -- when another strike ended the season.


The curse even struck in the 1970 All-Star game when catcher Ray Fosse was clobbered by Pete Rose in a collision at home plate. Fosse was never the same player after that.


Then Alomar stepped to the plate in the All-Star game and made people remember Fosse and all those years of heartache. A voice proclaimed that it was the first homer by an Indians player in the All-Star game since Colavito.


Some would argue that the curse was actually lifted in 1995, when the Indians won their first American League pennant in 41 years.


The cornerstone of that team disappeared. But the Indians are in first place again.


"This is a franchise on a rise,'' Alomar said.