Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round Up. After witnessing one of the greatest World Series the world has ever seen, I’m suffering from Chicago Cubs fever. Sure, we have Harry Caray’s book, Holy Cow!, but I want to read more. So, after scouring Amazon, I’ve found my favorites. Read ‘em, celebrate ‘em and Fly the W! Go Cubs Go!
Believe It! chronicles the Cubs improbable run to their first World Series championship since 1908 using the words and photographs of the award-winning Chicago Sun-Times. This dazzling keepsake includes highlights from the regular season, special player features, game-by-game recaps of all the playoff games, and extended coverage of the World Series. Over 100 full-color photos included. The perfect holiday gift for Cubs faithful.
The Cubs have called Wrigley their home since 1916 and have treated their loyal followers with memories that have lasted for generations. From the legend of Babe Ruth’s called shot to Kerry Wood’s dominant twenty-strikeout performance, great games, notable names and a multitude of memorable moments have played out at Clark and Addison to create baseball’s most recognizable relationship: the Cubs and Wrigley Field. The authors of Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years return to celebrate this grand anniversary with Cubs 100: A Century at Wrigley, a new collection of baseball tales, including highlights from the exciting 2015 season, from storytellers such as Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Len Kasper and many others who know the symbiotic connection between the historic franchise and its iconic home.
A tribute to Ernie Banks, regarded by some as one of the greatest baseball players of all time
Chicago will never forget Ernie Banks’s ever-present smile and trademark, “Let’s play two.” The Cubs’ beloved #14 passed away on January 23, 2015 at the age of 83. The Chicago Cubs’ first African American player was an 11-time All-Star and two-time National League Most Valuable Player. He finished with 512 home runs and had 1,636 RBIs, earning induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. In this tribute to the legendary Cub that features nearly 100 images, Triumph Books partners with the Chicago Tribune to celebrate Banks’s Chicago legacy and all that he meant to baseball fans in the city.
More than just a lavishly illustrated and highly readable book, Wrigley Field Year by Year, originally published in 2014, is the result of a quarter century of meticulous research. Written by a baseball historian and recognized authority on the “Friendly Confines,” this is the first book to detail each year of the storied park’s existence. The book covers not only the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Federal League baseball teams in detail, it touches on the Chicago Bears football team, basketball, hockey, high school sports, track and field, and political rallies. It references activities and changes throughout the park and in its neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. In addition to pertinent Cubs statistics, the author’s year-by-year coverage includes:
A “game of the year”
A description of unusual and interesting happenings in the ballpark
A quote from the year that best captures its essence
Supplementing the year-by-year approach are nine chapters that divide Wrigley Field’s rich history into nine “innings” along with informative appendixes that will delight every Cubs fan, from the casual to the obsessed. The book’s easy-to-use format and wealth of information make it a resource that readers will turn to again and again.
Expressing the passion felt for the Cubs using all 26 letters of the alphabet accompanied by rhymes, colorful illustrations, and informative text, this tribute to the Chicago team explores the sports obsession in a fresh and humorous way. Readers will enjoy fun facts and amusing illustrations of some of the most famous characters in the baseball team’s long history, including Ernie Banks and Sammy Sosa.
It has been called the last great American sports story, a quest that has spanned more than a century and captivated millions of fans. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs were at last baseball’s champions, breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat and shedding the label of “lovable losers” once and for all. Led by manager Joe Maddon and built around rising stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs brought the Fall Classic back to the ivy-covered confines of Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945 and won the franchise’s first championship since 1908 in unforgettable fashion.
Re-live the Cubs’ magical postseason run with Won for the Ages. This photo-packed collection of memories, stories and player profiles produced by the staff of the Chicago Tribune is the perfect look back at the sweet ‘16 season.
When legendary Chicago Cubs’ broadcaster Harry Caray passed away in February of 1998, thousands of baseball fans mourned the loss. In Where’s Harry?, Steve Stone pays tribute to one of baseball’s biggest legends never to take the field, remembering the unique baseball commentator who was also the game’s biggest fan.
Writing with Chicago Tribune sports columnist Verdi, Harry Caray recaps his decades in the booth, paying special attention to the owners he has dealt with, particularly Gussie Busch, Charley Finley and Bill Veeck. He also explains his philosophy of success in the booth, which is to think of himself primarily as a fan explaining the game to his fellow fans and pointing out players’ failures as well as strengths. In this memoir, he recalls players he has admired, beginning with his all-time favorite, Stan Musial, and including Reggie Jackson, Richie Allen, and Ryne Sandberg.
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MRS N, Book Addict