Sipe was a 13th-round pick of the Browns in 1972 and worked his way from the team’s taxi squad to NFL MVP by 1980. But Sipe lasted three more seasons in Cleveland. Despite losing then regaining his starting job with the Browns, Sipe signed with the New Jersey Generals of the USFL in 1983.
Belle was the Indians’ first pick in the 1987 amateur draft, and played in Cleveland for eight seasons. He became the franchise’s all-time home run leader before leaving for Chicago in free agency in 1996.
And this decade, with the construction of Levi’s Stadium in the city, the renovated restaurant became a gathering spot for football fans.
A 2014 Mercury News special section on Levi’s Stadium called By-Th’-Bucket the “Best place to take the sting out of a 49ers loss,” noting that “If you don’t feel uplifted after a trip to By-Th’-Bucket Bar and Grill, then you’re not a true member of the Faithful.
“At this classic Italian/seafood restaurant, you can surround yourself in memorabilia from the 49ers’ glory days — helmets, jerseys and footballs signed by all the greats — to remind yourself that there’s always next week. Then dig into the ultimate San Francisco-style comfort food: Cioppino by the bucket, as the name says.”
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