One of America's best-known writers about sports turns his attentions to the team that has won and broken the hearts of generations of fans--the Chicago Cubs. Utilizing dozens of personal interviews with players, coaches, fans, sportswriters, and clubhouse personnel, as well as newspaper archives and rare out-of-print memoirs, Golenbock has ...
One of America's best-known writers about sports turns his attentions to the team that has won and broken the hearts of generations of fans--the Chicago Cubs. Utilizing dozens of personal interviews with players, coaches, fans, sportswriters, and clubhouse personnel, as well as newspaper archives and rare out-of-print memoirs, Golenbock has created a perfect gift for every baseball fan. 50 photos.
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If you wonder why anyone follows the Cubs, now entering their hundredth year without a World Series win, Golenbock's wonderful history of the franchise will give you many answers. If you wonder why the Cubs have been so frequently terrible for so long, you can also find many answers here. As an oral historian, Golenbock is in Studs Terkel's league - and that is the Major League.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-01-15 The Chicago Cubs have not won a World Series since 1908 or the National League pennant since 1945. Yet the team has some of the most devoted fans in all of sport. Golenbock (The Bronx Zoo) looks at the reasons for the loyalty of Cubs fans, and along the way traces the history of the team through interviews with numerous former players, coaches and executives. In fact, the history of the Cubs is pretty much the history of the National League. The first Chicago baseball clubs were founded in the 1860s, but the team that would become the Cubs was largely the creation of Al Spalding. He not only was a star player, but became the Cubs' owner and in that capacity helped write the constitution that became the foundation of Major-League Baseball. Golenbock examines all the various Cub erasæSpalding/Cap Anson; the Wrigley years, of William and son Phillipæand closes with the current owners of the team, the Tribune Company. Written as an oral history, the text becomes repetitive at times, but Cub fans and baseball historians will find the work hard to put down. Photos . (Mar.)
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