Chicago Cubs Yesterday & Today

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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On October 14, 1908, the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers in the final game of the World Series. The contest is memorable for many reasons, perhaps not least because it was the last year that the Cubbies won the world championship. Steve Johnson's lavish pictorial celebration of the team's great moments and near-misses will brighten the spirits of anyone nostalgic about the feats of Cap Anson, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, and the rest. George Will once claimed that Cubs fans are 90 percent scar tissue; Chicago Cubs Yesterday & Today proves that they are 100 percent optimists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760332467
  • Publisher: MVP Books
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 9.56 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson is a Minnesota-based freelance outdoor writer. A graduate of Colorado State University, he has written for publications such as Bicycling, Hooked on the Outdoors, Backpacker, and Wisconsin Trails, and is the author of numerous outdoor guidebooks, most recently Loop Hikes Colorado and Bicycling Wisconsin. He lives with his family in southeastern Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Contents

 

Cubs Yesterday, Cubs Today

Leagues and Teams

The Name Game

The Great Teams and the Dynasties

Championship Series

The Curse of the Billy Goat

Gaffes and Controversies

Hard-Luck Players

The Owners

General Managers

Trading-Block Brilliance and Blunders

Managers

Player Salaries

The Race Barrier

Cubs Roots

Catchers

First Basemen

Hit Men

Second Basemen

Shortstops

Double-Play Combos

Third Basemen

Outfielders

Home Run Kings

Starting Pitching

Right-Handed Aces

Left-Handed Aces

Relievers

Bad Boys

Windy City Rivals

Uniforms and Equipment

Early Ballparks

Wrigley Field

Bleacher Bums

The Outfield Wall

The Scoreboard

The Playing Field

Dugouts and Clubhouses

Bullpens

Programs and Scorecards

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

The Fans

Wildcat Bleachers

Game Day Snacks

Voices of the Cubs

Spring Training

At the Farm

 

Bibliography and Resources

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2012

    Boooo

    The cubs make me want to throw up. GO WHITE SOX

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  • Posted September 20, 2009

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    For Every Cub Fan

    If you are a fan of the Cubs and love finding out about their history, this is for you. Full of photos and information on club's history and the greatest Cub players position by position. I found it a quick and interesting read.

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