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The Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball
The Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball
by Glenn Stout
Hardcover from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0618595007
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.
 
The Cubs Fan s Guide to Happiness
The Cubs Fan's Guide to Happiness
by George Ellis
Paperback from Triumph Books
ISBN: 157243936X

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 fan.

 
Chicago Cubs Yesterday and Today
Chicago Cubs Yesterday & Today
by Steve Johnson
Hardcover from MVP Books
ISBN: 0760332460
Open 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.
 
Cubs Forever: Memories from the Men Who Lived Them
Cubs Forever: Memories from the Men Who Lived Them
by Bob Vorwald
Hardcover from Triumph Books
ISBN: 160078044X

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.

 
What It Means to Be a Cub
What It Means to Be a Cub
by Bob Vorwald With Foreword By Ernie Banks
Hardcover from Triumph Books
ISBN: 1600782779

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.
 
365 Oddball Days in Chicago Cubs History
365 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.

 
Cubs Pride: For the Love of Ernie, Fergie and Wrigley
Cubs Pride: For the Love of Ernie, Fergie & Wrigley
by Alan Ross
Paperback from Cumberland House Publishing
ISBN: 1581824211

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 following.

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.

 
Do You Know the Chicago Cubs?: Test your expertise with these fastball questions (and a few curves) about your favorite team s hurlers, sluggers, stats and most memorable moments
Do You Know the Chicago Cubs?: Test your expertise with these fastball questions (and a few curves) about your favorite team's hurlers, sluggers, stats and most memorable moments
by Guy Robinson
Paperback from Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402214219

Test your expertise with these fastball questions (and a few curves) about your favorite team's hurlers, sluggers, stats and most memorable moments.
Take me out to the ballgame!
Questions to challenge and entertain both casual and die-hard fans.
--Great players and legendary characters of the game
--Argument-settling stats and records you should know
--Players' nicknames, managers' advice, the best baseball movies, and other odd trivia
...and much, much more!
 
Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs
Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs
by Doug Feldmann
Paperback from Bison Books
ISBN: 0803226373
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.
 
The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth s Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal?
The 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
ISBN: 0071629971

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 it?

Who were the players involved--and why did they do it?

Were gambling and corruption more widespread across the leagues than previously believed?

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 explosive controversy.

 
The Complete Chicago Cubs: The Total Encyclopedia of the Team
The Complete Chicago Cubs: The Total Encyclopedia of the Team
by Derek Gentile
Hardcover from Black Dog & Leventhal Pub
 
Banks to Sandberg to Grace : Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs
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 Caray.

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.
Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.11 x 8.50 x 5.86
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Contemporary Books; (March 22, )
ISBN: 0809297124
 

Essential Cubs: Chicago Cubs Facts, Feats, and Firsts-From the Batter's Box to the Bullpen to the Bleachers
by Doug Myers
Paperback from McGraw-Hill
 
The I-55 Series: Cubs Vs. Cardinals
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, )
ISBN: 1582610320

Durocher's Cubs: The Greatest Team That Didn't Win
by David Claerbaut
(Hardcover)

The Cub Fan's Book of Days: A Guide to Every Year
by Jim Langford
(Hardcover)
 

The Million-To-One-Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945
by George Castle
Hardcover from Diamond Communications
 
September Streak: The 1935 Chicago Cubs Chase the Pennant
by Doug Feldmann
Paperback from McFarland & Company
 
Sosa: An Autobiography
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 Cubs baseball.

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 saw.

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 and beyond.
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