Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1988 the Chicago Cubs had seven minor league teams; about halfway down in the hierarchy were the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League. Freelance writer Bosco, who spent that season with the Chiefs, here presents a lineup of the lower minors. We meet the players, one as young as 18 and most in their early 20s, all with the dream of playing in Wrigley Field but some without the drive to make it. There is the owner, flamboyant Pete Vonachen, who set an attendance record for the year, assaulted an umpire and sold the team at year's end. But above all there is manager Jim Tracy, who seems perfect in his job as father-confessor, psychologist, sociologist and teacher and who sheds tears of joy when his boys reach their season's goal. It's all here: playing in northern Wisconsin in April in 30 temperature and in Peoria in August when it hits 100, living on burgers and fries, suffering seemingly endless bus trips, dealing with groupies. This is an impressive slice of baseball life. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Spending the 1988 season with the Peoria Chiefs, a Chicago farm team in the Midwest League, Bosco covers their early failures and later resurgence. He captures the flavor of minor league life, with ambitious rookies and struggling veterans. He also portrays the concerned effort of manager Jim Tracy to be leader, teacher, and proxy parent to his young charges. Meanwhile, owner Peter Vonachen seeks a winning club to help win a new attendance record. Bosco adds an epilog that tells the fate of the teams's players, manager, and ownership in 1989. Comparable to Roger Kahn's Good Enough To Dream (Doubleday, 1985; NAL, 1986. pap.), this should play in most baseball collections, especially in the Midwest.-- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688082611
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/28/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 288

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