“Warren William Brown was the Mencken of the sports page. Unlike many of his colleagues, he was an independent thinker, a sophisticated loner who often wrote with a blistering pen, sparing neither friend nor foe. Baseball was his principal turf, but he was knowledgeable in all the major sports and for more than a half century had a front row seat at all of the big events.”Jerome Holtzman from the Foreword
The Chicago Cubsby Warren Brown, Jerome Holtzman (Foreword by)
First published in 1946, Warren Brown’s history of the Cubs, like Frederick G. Lieb’s history of the St. Louis Cardinals, was commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Brown begins with the founding of the National Leaguewith the Cubs as a charter memberin 1876 and continues through the 1945 World Series, which the Cubs lost to the Detroit
First published in 1946, Warren Brown’s history of the Cubs, like Frederick G. Lieb’s history of the St. Louis Cardinals, was commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Brown begins with the founding of the National Leaguewith the Cubs as a charter memberin 1876 and continues through the 1945 World Series, which the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers.
Brown, of course, covers the Hall of Fame Cub infield of (Joe) Tinker to (Johnny) Evers to (Frank) Chance, the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball. Other legendary Cubs and their illustrious opponents include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Adrian C. “Cap” Anson, Phil Cavaretta, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Rip Collins, Kiki Cuyler, Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Grimm, Lefty Grove, Stan Hack, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, Pepper Martin, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, and Hack Wilson.
In his final chapter, Brown discusses and compiles what he calls the “All-Time Chicago National League Baseball Squad,” with two to five players listed for each position (more for pitchers). Brown also includes Cubs “statistical addenda,” such as home run leaders, leading pitchers, World Series records, and the Cubs versus White Sox “city series” records. The book is illustrated with twenty-two photographs.
Meet the Author
Jerome Holtzman, the 1989 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, began his career as a copy boy with the Chicago Daily News in 1943. He has covered baseball with the Chicago Sun-Times for twenty-two years and with the Chicago Tribune for over forty years. In 1999, he was named official historian for major league baseball.
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Warren Brown was one of the finest sportswriters of the Golden Era of sports. The columnists and sporstwriters of today should go back and read his columns to find out what sportswriting is all about. He covered Ruth, Dempsey, Rockne and a litany of legendary greats and he did it with class and style. He wrote in the inverted pyramid style and was a Latin scholar. His words just flowed off the written page. Journalism students should find his columns and learn what writing is all about. They talk about his contemporary's like Grantland Rice, Westbrook Pegler and Red Smith as being the greats of their time...they couldn't carry his typewriter. Truly one of the unsung greats!