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The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow

The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow

by William S. Bike

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Overview

Chicago Cubs fans always will remember the beloved 1969 team. Yet the 1970 Cubs are, in many ways, more interesting. The Cubs added fascinating characters like Joe Pepitone and Milt Pappas to the legendary nucleus of Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks. The team came closer than in any year between 1945 an l984-finishing only five games out of first place in one of baseball's hottest pennant races. Offering a fast-paced look at the season month by month, William S. Bike moves beyond wins, losses and statistics to relive Ernie Banks's 500th home run, the addition of "the basket" to the outfield walls and other iconic moments from a landmark year at Wrigley Field.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467149082
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/17/2021
Series: Sports
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 349,795
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

William S. Bike wrote the books Streets of the Near West Side, Winning Political Campaigns and Celebrating a Proud Past and edited the book Essays on Earl Renfroe: A Man of Firsts. Associate editor of the newspaper Gazette Chicago, he also works as a freelance writer. Formerly, he worked in communications for Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Bike has earned more than fifty awards in journalism, publications, media relations and alumni relations, including three Peter Lisagor Awards, the top honor in Chicago journalism. He and his wife, Anne Nordhaus-Bike, live in Chicago. He attended his first Chicago Cubs game on August 29, 1967, when his mother and another mom brought the kids to the game on Ladies' Day. For more information, log on to www.centralparkcommunications.com or e-mail billbike@anbcommunications.com.

Table of Contents

Preface 7

Acknowledgements 13

1 Prologue: 1969 15

2 Winter of Contentment 17

3 Brock-for-Broglio Redux 21

4 March: In Like a Lion 25

5 April: Showers of Wins 29

6 May: Mediocrity 39

7 June: An Unwelcome Swoon 48

8 July: Sizzling Hot 57

9 August: Suddenly, This Summer 66

10 September: Finishing the Song Off-Key 71

11 October: If Only… 80

12 1970s and After 87

13 Epilogue 89

14 What About the West? 91

15 What If? The Cubs in Postseason Play 93

16 The 1970 Chicago Cubs 106

Notes 127

Bibliography 133

Index 137

About the Author 143

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