Cubs by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Cubbies by Uniform Number

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What do Dizzy Dean, Catfish Metkovich, John Boccabella, Bill Buckner, Mark Prior, and Kevin Hart all have in common? They all wore number 22 for the Chicago Cubs, even though seven decades have passed between the last time Dizzy Dean buttoned up a Cubs uniform with that number and the first time reliever Kevin Hart performed the same routine. Since the Chicago Cubs first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 71 numbers to more than 1,100 players. That's a lot of overlap. It also makes for...
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Cubs by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Cubbies by Uniform Number

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Overview


What do Dizzy Dean, Catfish Metkovich, John Boccabella, Bill Buckner, Mark Prior, and Kevin Hart all have in common? They all wore number 22 for the Chicago Cubs, even though seven decades have passed between the last time Dizzy Dean buttoned up a Cubs uniform with that number and the first time reliever Kevin Hart performed the same routine. Since the Chicago Cubs first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 71 numbers to more than 1,100 players. That's a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Cubs by the Numbers tells those stories for every Cub since '32, from 1930s outfielder Ethan Allen to current ace Carlos Zambrano. This book lists the players alphabetically and by number, but the biographies help trace the history of baseball's most beloved team in a new way. For Cubs fans, anyone who ever wore the uniform is like family. Cubs by the Numbers reintroduces readers to some of their long-lost ancestors, even ones they think they already know.
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Can you name all the uniform numbers retired by the Chicago Cubs? In what year were numbers first introduced? What digits were shared by Dizzy Dean, Catfish Metkovich, and Bill Buckner? Cubs by the Numbers answers all those questions, but it accomplishes a lot more. It uses fascinating tidbits of trivia history to tell the story of Chicago's beloved Cubbies. This inexpensive paperback tests your recall and jolts your pleasant memories with its listing of all 1,100-plus Cubs who ever wore a number.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602393721
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/26/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 774,630
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Al Yellon directs newscasts at ABC-7 in Chicago. He is also the founder and editor in chief of the popular site bleedcubbieblue.com and the editor of the annual magazine, Wrigley Field Season Ticket, published by Maple Street Press. He lives in Chicago, within walking distance of Wrigley Field.

Kasey Ignarski is founder and proprietor of the website Kasey's Cubs Pages, which has a listing of every Cub who has ever worn a number. He lives in Chicago.

Matthew Silverman is co-author of Mets by the Numbers (with John Springer), Cubs by the Numbers (with Al Yellon and Kasey Ignarski), Red Sox by the Numbers (with Bill Nowlin), and Shea Goodbye (with Keith Hernandez) and the author of Mets Essential, 100 Things Mets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, and Baseball Miscellany. He also served as the associate publisher at Total Sports Publishing, editing titles such as Total Baseball and Total Football. He lives in High Falls, New York.

Pat Hughes has been the play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, working for WGN radio, since 1996.

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