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Take Me Out to the Cubs Game: 35 Former Ballplayers Speak of Losing at Wrigley
     

Take Me Out to the Cubs Game: 35 Former Ballplayers Speak of Losing at Wrigley

by John C. Skipper
 

“There’s too much nature in that ballpark”—Harry Chiti

And make no mistake, whether it’s the wind full-tilt off Lake Michigan, an early-season snowstorm at Waveland and Sheffield, or spring ivy hiding the batted balls of the visiting nine, nature seems to have Wrigley Field and the Cubbies under its thumb.
In this book, John

Overview

“There’s too much nature in that ballpark”—Harry Chiti

And make no mistake, whether it’s the wind full-tilt off Lake Michigan, an early-season snowstorm at Waveland and Sheffield, or spring ivy hiding the batted balls of the visiting nine, nature seems to have Wrigley Field and the Cubbies under its thumb.
In this book, John Skipper talks with 35 former Chicago Cubs who relive their ball-playing days and speculate on the eternally middling and undeniably popular Northsiders. This troop of now-grizzled bears, including Claude Passeau, Hank Wyse, Alvin Dark, Don Kessinger, Joe Niekro, Pete LaCock, and slugger Hank Sauer, hold forth on the front office moves, gruelling day-game scheduling and sometimes agonizing play of one of baseball’s oldest, unluckiest and yet most revered franchises.

Editorial Reviews

The Diamond Angle
an enjoyable book
USA Today Sports Weekly
eyewitnesses of the Cubbies from the 1930s through the '80s retell their tales of baseball woe in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field
From the Publisher
“an enjoyable book”—The Diamond Angle; “eyewitnesses of the Cubbies from the 1930s through the ’80s retell their tales of baseball woe in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “a fun read”—1190 KEX News Radio.
Library Journal
The Cubs are baseball's perennial yet lovable losers. Skipper, a newspaper journalist and one-time minor league general manager, is the author of A Biographical Dictionary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Skipper interviews everyday players (such as Don Kessinger, Dick Ellsworth, etc.) and minor stars (such as Hank Sauer) and supplies a black-and-white photo (from their playing days) and career statistical information with each interview. The book would have benefited from some interviews with Cub Hall of Famers, especially "Mr. Cub," Ernie Banks. The common theme that runs through the book is that the bitter taste of losing evaporates with time but the simple magic and mystique of playing in a beautiful stadium with supportive fans always remains. This book will appeal most to mature baseball fans who soak up baseball nostalgia and should circulate especially well in libraries serving Chicago Cub fans.--Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786408108
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
08/15/2000
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
830,505
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

Meet the Author

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including a history of the The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

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