Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs / Edition 1

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"The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, but more books have been written about them than any team except the Yankees. Banks to Sandberg to Grace is one of the best."
—Phil Tatman, Orlando Sentinel

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. But devoted Cubs fans continue to faithfully follow their team each season, regardless of the result. 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.

In the more than 60 first-person stories spanning the last 50 years, 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 the late WGN-TV producer Arne Harris reminisces about sharing an earpiece with Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray.

Cut from the cloth of memory, these warm, insightful stories make a perfect gift for Cubs fans, who, through love and frustration, remain forever faithful to their team and to the promise of "wait 'til next year."

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Editorial Reviews

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Chicago sports journalist Muskat has former and current players and personnel tell the story of the Cubs from their last pennant-winning year, 1945, to the present. Despite their losing ways, the Cubs have fans nationwide, and this book will circulate well in many libraries. It is more thorough than John Skipper's oral history, Take Me Out to the Cubs Game (LJ 8/00) and should be purchased along with George Castle's fine history The Million-to-One Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945 (Diamond, 2000). Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071385565
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/21/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,383,423
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for, the official website of Major League Baseball. Formerly a regular contributor to USA Today, she is also the author of eight sports books for children. She has covered the Cubs since 1987 and lives in Chicago, just a few miles from the Friendly Confines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2003

    A Must For Any Cubs Fan

    If you have followed the Chicago Cubs for any period of time you can't help but love this book. Hearing multiple decades of former players express in their own words what it meant to play for America's favorite baseball team is touching, funny, and revealing of the intense loyalty to the team held by players and fans alike. This is a thoroughly enjoyable read

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