Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball
by Glenn Stout
Hardcover from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The definitive narrative history
of the Chicago Cubs
The Chicago Cubs have won the hearts of generations of fans, even if
they haven't always won those pivotal games. They were America's most successful
baseball club at the turn of the twentieth century, but by the turn of
the twenty-first, things had changed. The Cubs have not won a World Series
since 1908, and the last time they clinched the National League Pennant
was in 1945. Yet the Cubs have some of the most devoted fans in all of
sport. As Glenn Stout writes in the introduction, They are the game's last
unsolved mystery, the final conundrum, a historical enigma, baseball's
oldest story, with an ending that has yet to be written." The Cubs chronicles
the long, rich, counterintuitive history of this team in all its depth,
nuance, and color. We catch a rare glimpse of the early days of Chicago
baseball in the 1860s and 1870s and witness the magical 1906 season, with
its 116 wins, still the most in major league history. Ernie Banks's legendary
career is covered in detail, as are decisive seasons, such as 1969's heartbreaking
loss to the Amazin' Mets. Sammy Sosa's sixty-plus home runs are here too
together with later allegations regarding corked bats and steroids. The
authors cast an analytical eye on the tumultuous reign of chewing-gum magnate
William Wrigley and his son Philip, as well as the Tribune Company's planned
sale of the Cubs. And we hear the true story behind the Curse of the Billy
Goat" what has really cursed" the Cubs all these years.
A must-have for Cubs fans past and present, The Cubs tells the complete
story in a single narrative for the first time since 1945.
Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness
by George Ellis
Paperback from Triumph Books
The CUBS Fan's Guide to Happiness: Imparts important truths relevant
to Cubs fans and their woeful existence - vital lessons like:
* There's Always Next Year (Chapter 1) * Loyaltiness is Next to Godliness
(Chapter 6) * Beer Will Make It Better! (Chapter 2)
This book reveals what makes Cubs fans tick and what keeps them happy.
It explains why it's not over until you're mathematically eliminated, why
winning really isn't everything, and why it's perfectly acceptable to blame
all your troubles on a scapegoat, which may or may not be an actual goat.
This book is for anyone who wants to be happy in the face of adversity.
And if there's anyone who can teach that lesson, it's certainly a lifetime
Cubs Yesterday & Today
by Steve Johnson
Hardcover from MVP Books
this book and explore the life and times of one of the most storied franchises
in all of professional sports, the Chicago Cubs. Pairing historical black-and-white
images with contemporary photographs of the modern game, Chicago Cubs
Yesterday & Today celebrates more than a century of ups and downs
in the history of the team and its legions of rabid fans.
The book examines the ballparks, the teams, the players, and the colorful
characters that have defined Cubs baseball and earned the loyalty of fans
nationwide. Photos and text trace the history of the ball club from its
origins in the 1870s to the latest accomplishments on the field, comparing
the diamond heroes of today with those of yesteryear.
In these pages you will encounter legendary batsmen from the Cubs roster,
hitters like Cap Anson, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa,
and Derrek Lee. Youll see the dominating pitchers, from Mordecai "Three
Finger" Brown to Carlos Zambrano. And youll meet the stars of the broadcast
booth---Jack Brickhouse, Ronald Reagan, Harry Caray---and other behind-the-scenes
figures who have played a revolutionary role in the development of the
team and the game of baseball.
A feast for Cubs fans and baseball aficionados, this journey through
more than a hundred years of Chicago baseball encapsulates our national
pastime at its best. It is the next best thing to a seat at Wrigley Field
on a sunny summer afternoon.
Forever: Memories from the Men Who Lived Them
by Bob Vorwald
Hardcover from Triumph Books
For 60 years, WGN-TV has been taking you to the ballpark. And not just
any ballpark, but Wrigley Field, with its ivy-covered walls, its Chicago-style
hot dogs, and the lovable, occasionally heartbreaking Chicago Cubs. Your
couch became your personal bleacher seat as you cheered along with Jack
Brickhouse, Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Len Kasper, and Bob Brenly. Now,
go behind the scenes with WGN and the Cubs as they celebrate 60 years of
broadcasting triumphs with the people who've made you exclaim "Holy Cow!"
Exclusive interviews with former Cubs greats such as Ernie Banks, Billy
Williams, Ron Santo, and Ryne Sandberg; celebrity Cubs fanatics like Jimmy
Buffett, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Garlin, and Mike Ditka; and Cubs faithful like
the Lakeview Baseball Club and Cubs historian Ed Hartig fill the pages
with magical memories from on and off the field. Get behind-the-scenes
perspective and learn what it takes to get the broadcast, the locker room,
and the field ready for game day from the WGN crew and ballpark employees.
Relive some of the best Cubs moments from the past 60 years with interviews
from the players who made them happen, including Greg Maddux, Andre Dawson,
and Glenn Beckert. Finally, enjoy the accompanying DVD packed with more
interview footage. Cubs Forever comes with a special DVD containing interviews
with key Cubs and their fans of the past 60 years. Their unique insights,
stories, and humor add a dimension that cannot be covered in the book alone.
It Means to Be a Cub
by Bob Vorwald With Foreword By Ernie Banks
Hardcover from Triumph Books
In What It Means to Be a Cub, Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams,
Ferguson Jenkins, and Ryne Sandberg, along with a whole host of former
Chicago players share tales from their careers and explain exactly why
they loved playing for the Cubs.
Oddball Days in Chicago Cubs History
by John Snyder
Paperback from Clerisy Press
This entertaining and informative
reference reveals the Lovable Losers in all their beleaguered glory, from
the real story behind the Curse of the Billygoat to Steve Bartman's infamous
bleachers grab. Delving deep into Cub history, it provides even the most
dyed-in-the-wool uniform fan a full year's worth of anecdotes, information,
and team lore.
Pride: For the Love of Ernie, Fergie & Wrigley
by Alan Ross
Paperback from Cumberland House Publishing
Ernie, Gabby, Billy, Fergie, Cap and Hack, Rhino and Santo, Andre and
Sammy, Wrigley, the ivy. Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance, tossing back opposing
teams' homers, the Billy Goat Curse, Bartman's ball. Sixteen National League
pennants, two World Series crowns, but ... 95 years and counting.
Cubs Pride spans 129 years of Chicago Cubs ups, downs, and almosts.
Extolled are the great legends, the lustrous lore, and the fabled futility
of the Windy City's favorite nine. It's certain to work up a case of diamond
fever for Cubs fans and baseball enthusiasts everywhere.
In 2003 the Cubs were just five outs away from their first World Series
appearance since 1945, but the mysterious forces of fate intervened once
again, and a late-game eight-run-rally by the Florida Marlins ended the
dream. Such mishaps have made the Cubs America's "favorite losers," according
to Chicago TV station WGN, owned by the same company that owns the Cubs.
The team's perennial failings and underdog status have created a national
Cubs Pride provides firsthand accounts of the great Cubs players; the
intense rivalries; the testaments to Cubs character; the great moments
in Cub history; all 16 National League pennant-winning rosters; the all-time
Cubs team; and even a shrine to No. 14, the immortal Ernie Banks. All are
told by the players themselves, managers and coaches, Cubs' opponents,
and members of the media.
Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs
by Doug Feldmann
Paperback from Bison Books
Civil unrest at home, war abroad,
and political uncertainty gripped the nation as the 1970s approached. In
the summer of 1969, as a tumultuous decade of American history neared its
end, Major League Baseball presented sports fans with a thrilling distraction:
a pennant race that pitted the Chicago Cubs, those much-loved perennial
also-rans, against the defending National League champs, the St. Louis
Cardinals, and the upstart New York Mets.Miracle Collapse is the
story of how one of the most talented Cubs teams ever to take the field
with Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, and ace pitcher Ferguson Jenkins
among their ranks and led by the irascible manager Leo Durocher raced to
an early division lead and a seemingly certain pennant, only to unravel
spectacularly at the season's end.A time capsule in which baseball lore
jockeys with history, Doug Feldmann's book draws readers into the lives
of these legendary Cubs players and their fierce bond with the city of
Chicago. During this magical summer of baseball peaks and valleys, life
goes on: Durocher disappears" for a few days before his wedding; players
leave the team midseason for National Guard duty; play is interrupted to
announce man's landing on the moon. It is against this backdrop that Miracle
Collapse captures a baseball season for all time.
to Sandberg to Grace : Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago
Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth's
Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal?
by Sean Deveney
Hardcover from McGraw-Hill
IN THE GRAND TRADITION OF EIGHT MEN OUT . . .
the untold story of baseball's ORIGINAL SCANDAL
Did the Chicago Cubs throw the World Series in 1918--and get away with
Who were the players involved--and why did they do it?
Were gambling and corruption more widespread across the leagues than
Were the players and teams "cursed" by their actions?
Finally, is it time to rewrite baseball history?
With exclusive access to surprising new evidence, Sporting News reporter
Sean Deveney details a scandal at the core of baseball's greatest folklore--in
a golden era as exciting and controversial as our sports world today. This
inside look at the pivotal year of 1918 proves that baseball has always
been a game overrun with colorful characters, intense human drama, and
by Carrie Muskat (Editor), Bob Verdi
From the Back Cover
The Chicago Cubs are one of the most beloved teams in all of sports,
though not for their success on the baseball field. The post-World War
II years have been especially rough for the Cubs: they have been without
a pennant since 1945--longer than any team in the major leagues. Banks
to Sandberg to Grace takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through the
triumphs (few), the heartaches (many), and the lighter moments, as told
by those who were actually there--on the field, in the front office, or
behind the scenes. Each storyteller shares his or her personal, revealing
account of what it was like to play or work for the Chicago Cubs. Hank
Sauer laughs about fans in the bleachers throwing tobacco at him. The team's
longtime equipment manager, Yosh Kawano, talks about gaining the trust
and friendship of players like Ryne Sandberg. And WGN-TV producer Arne
Harris reminisces about sharing an earpiece with Jack Brickhouse and Harry
Banks to Sandberg to Grace offers more than 60 first-person stories
from the past 50 years. Cut from the cloth of memory, these warm, insightful
stories make a perfect gift for Cub fans who, through love and frustration,
remain forever faithful to their team and to the promise of future success.
I-55 Series: Cubs Vs. Cardinals
Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.11 x
8.50 x 5.86
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books; (March 22,
by George Castle, Jim Rygelski
Book Description: Between the baseball-rich cities of Chicago
and St. Louis lies a stretch of highway, known as Interstate 55, that has
been the battle ground for the hearts and minds of baseball fans for generations.
I-55 bridges the 294-mile gap between these two great midwestern hubs.
The I-55 Series offers baseball fans the opportunity to recall arguably
the greatest rivalry in all of sports, the Cubs vs. Cardinals. From Hornsby
vs. Tinkers to Evers vs. Chance, to Musial vs. Banks, to Gibson vs. Jenkins,
to McGwire vs. Sosa, many of baseball's greatest players have served as
catalysts to spark this intense rivalry.
Paperback: 254 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.67 x
8.99 x 6.07
Publisher: Sports Publishing, Inc.; (June 1, )
Cubs: The Greatest Team That Didn't Win
by David Claerbaut
Cub Fan's Book of Days: A Guide to Every Year
Sosa: An Autobiography
by Jim Langford
by Sammy Sosa, Marcos Breton
Listed under Sammy Sosa
Wrigley Field : A Celebration of the Friendly Confines
by Mark Jacob (Photographer), et al
Listed under Sports Stadiums
Cubs Collection: 100 Years of Chicago Cubs Images
by Mark Stang
Book Description: Over 225 black and white photographs span
100 years of baseball history in this stunning collection of Cubs images.
From the days of Tinker, Evers and Chance to Ryne Sandberg and Sammy Sosa,
the famous and the forgotten fill these pages and recall the glory of Chicago
Culled from 16 public and private photo archives, this collection includes
dozens of previously unpublished images. Many of the old photographs were
locked away in dusty files for decades until appearing here for the first
time. Printer's marks were removed and the detail in the images was revealed
through careful restoration. Most of the photographs have been reproduced
to near their original size to faithfully record what the photographer
These photographs record the changing face of baseball through the century
by documenting the evolution of equipment, ballparks, uniforms and batting
styles. Players, managers, owners and broadcasters--they're all here, with
captions that bring their stories to life. From the glory of the 1906-08
champions to the agony of 1969. From "Three Finger" Brown to Ernie Banks
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