See Time magazine (http://www.timearchive.com), "Nothing Rotten about the Big Plum," 15 June 1981, pg. 30, reporting that there were T-shirts that read: "NEW YORK'S THE BIG APPLE, BUT CLEVELAND'S A PLUM."
ONCE UPON A TIME, long ago in the early Spring of 1992, there was a couple that, all unwillingly, lived far apart, he on the easternmost coast of the country, in the City of the Big Apple (also known as Gotham, the Summer Ashtray, or even New York, New York--"The City so nice, they named it twice"), and she some 500 miles away, on the southern banks of a great lake in the northern middle of the nation, in a city sometimes called the Big Plum, the Mistake on the Lake, or, alternatively, Cleveland.
1983 Big Plum—Big Apple
Kuban Gallery, Cleveland, OH
Big Plum, Mistake On The Lake (Cleveland nicknames) • (3) Comments • Friday, March 04, 2005 • Permalink
barry the exact term here was “cleveland’s a plum”
it was popularly used during the 1970’s as a local play on the big apple moniker.
there was a cool 70’s tee shirt design with it i have been searching high and low for to no avail. drew carey wore one once on his old show.
“cleveland’s a plum” I love that one lol. I seen that shirt also!
I want a shirt like that.