The Cubs on Catalina: A Scrapbookful of Memories about a 30-Year Love Affair between One of Baseball's Classic Teams. . . and California's Most Fanciful Isle

The Cubs on Catalina: A Scrapbookful of Memories about a 30-Year Love Affair between One of Baseball's Classic Teams. . . and California's Most Fanciful Isle

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by Jim Vitti
     
 

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A magical place.
A magical team.
A magical time...

Every Springtime back then, the Chicago Cubs would hop a steamship for Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of sunny Southern California.  The idea was to get in shape -- but the boys usually ended up sidetracked with . . .

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A magical place.
A magical team.
A magical time...

Every Springtime back then, the Chicago Cubs would hop a steamship for Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of sunny Southern California.  The idea was to get in shape -- but the boys usually ended up sidetracked with . . .

Movie stars, like Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, & Olivia deHavilland

A future U.S. president, who got himself into a barroom brawl

Pranks and fish tales and earthquakes and landslides and wild boar and
just about every kind of mis-adventure you can imagine -- and then some

Their tales must be told -- with plenty of pictures.  It's The Cubs on Catalina: A Scrapbookful of Memories About a 30-Year Love Affair Between One of Baseball's Classic Teams...& California's Most Fanciful Isle.  It's 384 pages, more than 500 fabulous photos...and we hope you'd like to come along for the fun.

 

About the Author:

Jim Vitti could not hit the curveball.  (Nor could he hit the slowball, come to think of it.)  Fortunately, some English teachers saw a glimmer of promise...so the lad ended up writing about baseball instead.  He's managed to get a pair of lousy novels published, as well as a how-to book for HarperCollins.  James can occasionally be found sitting at the old ballfield in Avalon, wishing it were the Spring of 1937.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780974242408
Publisher:
Settefrati Press
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
342,174
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.26(h) x 1.28(d)

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The Cubs on Catalina: A Scrapbookful of Memories about a 30-Year Love Affair Between One of Baseballs Classic Teams... And Californias Most Fanciful I 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NellieFox More than 1 year ago
This book is an amazing collection of old photos related to the Cubs years on Catalina Island. It is not like the Arcadia Publishing photo books - I have many of those and enjoy them, but understand the limitations of their format. These photos are clear and reproduced well. The copy is extensive. About every Cub you could ever think of is included. The author's humor is a bit to slap-stick but, hey, it is about players enjoying themselves and is not a "serious" book. This is a book that reads like a baseball vacation book, which Catalina was for the Cubs. It is a book that can be picked up from time to time as a "vacation break" or read straight through. I like the Cubs, but actually I'm a ChiSox and Colorado Rockies fan. Nor have I been to Catalina, though I loved the Four Preps song. But this book made me marginally like the Cubs even more and certainly made me want to visit Catalina.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One would think that a book about baseball spring training in the first half of the 20th century, while an excellent read for baseball aficionados, would be significantly less interesting for those people -- like me -- who are not well-versed in baseball lore. However, when I read The Cubs on Catalina, I was continuously drawn in by the funny, touching stories of the ballplayers from their time spent training on Catalina Island. The photographs that fill each page of the scrapbook-like book reminded me how beautiful Catalina is, and introduced me to some new spots and people on the island as well. This book is an excellent choice for everyone from serious Chicago Cub fans to island travelers to lovers of stories.