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Product Details

  • Actors: Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace, Rick Sutcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 1249 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NO23ZS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Eight complete games, each honoring a Cubs icon including:
  • -Ryne Sandberg: June 23, 1984--5 for 6, 2 HR, 7 RBI
  • -Rick Sutcliffe: 1984 NLCS game 1--no ER allowed, one HR hit
  • -Andre Dawson: Aug. 1, 1987--3 for 4, 3 HR, 5 RBI
  • -Mark Grace: 1989 NLCS game 2--3 for 4, 4 RBI
  • -Kerry Wood: May 6, 1988--20 strikeouts
  • -Sammy Sosa: September 13, 1998--61st and 62nd home runs
  • -Greg Maddux: Aug. 7, 2004--300th career win
  • -Derrek Lee: June 1, 2005--5 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI
  • Billy Williams Day speech to Wrigley Field fans
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame speech highlights: Harry Caray, Ryne Sandberg
  • Ernie Banks: MLB All-Century Team member
  • Rare Ernie Banks postgame interview on 500th HR
  • Special game footage:
  • -Ernie Banks 500th HR
  • -Wrigley Field highlights: Billy Williams, Ron Santo
  • -Last two outs of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter
  • -Dunston, Sandberg, Dawson 1990 All-Star Game intros at Wrigley Field
  • -Aramis Ramirez hits three HR in a game twice in 2004
  • -Cubs clinch 1984 NL East title
  • -Cubs clinch 1989 NL East title
  • -Cubs clinch 2003 NL Central title

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The games included are: -Ryne Sandberg: June 23, 1984-5 for 6, 2 HR, 7 RBI -Rick Sutcliffe: 1984 NLCS game 1-no ER allowed, one HR hit -Andre Dawson: Aug. 1, 1987-3 for 4, 3 HR, 5 RBI -Mark Grace: 1989 NLCS game 2-3 for 4, 4 RBI -Kerry Wood: May 6, 1998-20 strikeouts -Sammy Sosa: September 13, 1998-61st and 62nd home runs -Greg Maddux: Aug. 7, 2004-300th career win -Derrek Lee: June 1, 2005-5 for 5, 1 HR, 4 RBI The set provides a good mix of games for Cubs fans (and if Wrigley was smart, they'd sell the set in the park), starting with Hall of Famer Sandberg's 7 RBI game against the rival St. Louis Cardinals, which saw the cubs down 7-1 after two innings, only to manage a comeback in the 11th inning, winning the game 12-11. Andre Dawson is another example of a classic Cubs player. In 21 seasons, Dawson recorded an amazing 2,774 hits and was so eager to join the Cubs that he let General Manager Dallas Green determine his salary. It's a surprise that Dawson hasn't gotten inducted into the Hall of Fame yet (Sandberg tried to push for Dawson in his Hall of Fame speech.) As for newer highlights, one disc offers Kerry Wood's 20 strikeout game from 1998 versus the Astros. The 20-year-old Wood's 20 strikeouts tied a Major League record set by Roger Clemens.

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Until Major League Baseball is able to preserve footage of the 1908 World Series in a digital format, Chicago Cubs fans will have to content themselves with the Chicago Cubs Legends - Great Games Collector's Edition. It's an eight-disc set of complete games in the Cubs' history since 1984, each dedicated to a significant player. Hall of Fame second-sacker Ryne Sandberg gets the obvious game, his coming-out-party on Game of the Week when his two clutch homers vs. St. Louis Cards closer Bruce Sutter signaled something big was happening in 1984. From there you can skip to the first game of the NLCS when Rick Sutcliffe shut down the Padres and even pounded a homer to lead a 13-0 romp, Andre Dawson hitting three home runs in his MVP season of 1987, and Mark Grace's epic duel against the Giants' Will Clark in the 1989 NLCS. There's more: rookie Kerry Wood fans 20 Astros and allows no walks and only one infield hit in arguably the most dominating pitching performance of all time; Sammy Sosa crashes home runs nos. 61 and 62 in his race with Mark McGwire to set the single-season homer mark; returning-prodigal-son Greg Maddux wins his 300th career game in 2004; and first baseman Derrek Lee goes 5 for 5 in 2005.

But it wouldn't be the Cubs without some heartache, and there's plenty of it--even these memorable games (they're all wins too!) led to further misery. The 1984 heroics led to a defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory playoff loss. Dawson's three home runs still netted him only five RBI, and the club finished in last place despite having the MVP. The 1989 NLCS was tense and hard-fought, but the game included here was the only win in a 4-games-to-1 series loss. Due to injury, Wood became the poster boy for unfulfilled potential; Sosa ended up leaving a game, and the team, in infamy; and Maddux in 2004 was not the vintage Maddux of old, nor did his addition turn out to be the move that pushed the post-"Bartman" team over the top. Lee played a big hand in knocking out the Cubs that year, and his subsequent acquisition led to near-MVP numbers in Cubbie Blue in 2005, but based on tenure he's the most questionable "legend" as of 2007, when this set was released.

That said, these games are some of the most memorable, and enjoyable, in Cubs history. And although none of the complete games is earlier than 1984, classic fans should enjoy the bonus footage of older Cubs such as Ernie Banks and Billy Williams. Unlike other MLB collector's editions, though, no new interview footage is included. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

In fact if you are baseball fan this set is worth adding to the collection.
Paws McGee
All of these games are incredible and some I even remember watching as they happened.
Jack Baker
It's a must for any die hard cubs fan that likes watching great games over and over.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian J. McCarthy on June 2, 2007
Well here's the good: Video quality is good, all things considered. Loved Game 1 of 84 NLCS. If you are you are a true Cub fan, you will enjoy this set.

Minor nitpicks: No pre-game video. It goes right to the first pitch. Very little post-game recap. No mention of who the announcers are. I was at the 84 game and didn't realize it was Don Drysdale and Earl Weaver and Tom Seaver. It's great they only showed the games the Cubs won, but I would have enjoyed even the epic games I attended (23-22 Phillies win in '79) And I would have LOVED more Haray Caray games. The only one was the 87 Dawson game.But still a great set. Always a pleasure to hear Steve Stone too, one of the most under-appreciated analysts.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on February 3, 2008
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I have almost all of the A&E/MLB DVD sets. At best, they are exceptional. At worst, they're very good. This one is very good. While calling Derrek Lee a Cubs legend is a reach, the game featuring him is enjoyable. Rick Sutcliffe's game isn't worth watching more than once if you're not a Cubs fan. Plus in that game, some of ABC's graphics aren't in there. Also a correction from one previous review: Reggie Jackson is in the booth, not Tom Seaver. Sammy Sosa's game is missing one at-bat. Another thing, if you're not a Cubs fan (I'm not) you might find Chip Caray and Steve Stone's constant references to the Cubs as "we" and "us" really annoying.

That's not to say this isn't a good purchase, it is. "The Sandberg Game" is here, and coming from someone who hadn't seen it until getting this set it's one heck of a game. Two pieces of history are included, Greg Maddux's 300th career victory (as a nice touch, they added Maddux's postgame interview with Steve Lyons to the end of the DVD) and Kerry Wood's record-tying 20 strikeout performance. Bottom line, it's a recommended purchase for baseball fans.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Bossert on July 4, 2007
Overall, I reccomend this set. It's really a must for diehard Cub fans like myself. Some of the bonuses are pretty cool. However, I wish the powers that be would have made this set more about about the team's achievements than the player's. For at least 5 of the DVD's, the game in question happened to share both distinctions. And I would say we'd want 1984's 'Sandberg game' and 98's Wood 20-strikeout game even if those teams didn't make the postseason. However - while Derrek Lee's 2005 season was terrific, I would think most fans would agree with me that we have little interest in seeing a random game from a mediocre season (when he happened go get 5 hits) again. There are plenty more games that meant more in terms of the team achievements and their post-season aspirations (such as one in September of '89 - a division winnning season- they were down 9 runs to the Astros, and won it 10-9. Where's the DVD of that game? Or how about game 163 in '98-giving them the wild card? Both of those games mean a lot more than the Lee game - or the '87 Dawson game (which, despite what Dawson accomplished, was for a LAST PLACE team.)

I hope me and others can write the powers that be to follow this set up with something more about team accomplishment.
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As a die hard Chicago Cub fan for many years while growing up on the north side of Chicago, nothing thrilled me more than when the Chicago Cubs earned the right to play the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series playoffs. Finally! The Cubs have arrived. or did they???
While this great book of Chicago Cub memorabilia shares a wealth of knowledge, Rick Sutcliffe stands out in my mind as a great pitcher to have on the Cub roster at that time. And why not? He started the first game, gave up two hits, allowed no runs, even hit a home run which was unusual for a pitcher at that time, and won the game. And I can't forget that he earned some impressive awards during his career: Cy Young (1984); 3x All-Star participate; Roberto Clemente Award in 1987; Rookie of the year (1979); and more. Wow! Now that's a good resume for a major league pitcher.
Even though the Cubs didn't make it to the World Series in 1984, "Chicago Cubs Legends—Great Games Collections Edition" gives baseball fanatics of all ages some memorable and enjoyable moments to hold on to about Cub history, along with some bright hopes for a better future. Go Cubs Go!!! I like this book, give it five stars, and I'm Marvin P. Ferguson, author of BOYS ON THE GOLD COAST.
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By Spain on October 18, 2013
WGN is extremely stingy about its programing, so that limits the possibilities of notable Cubs games on DVD.

If it were up to me I would've included:
9-2-69 - Complete game for Fergie, height of the season, all the legendary Cubs here.
9-2-72 - Milt Pappas' no-hitter.
5-17-79 - So they lost, but 45 RUNS!!!
10-2-82 - Last win of a bad season, 73-89 overall but 33-24 after July. Plus, they beat the champ Cardinals!
6-23-84 - Obviously.
7-11-87 - 2nd of 2 straight SHO for Steve Trout.
8-1-87 - Another essential.
8-8-88 - So it was incomplete, but come on, it's the first night game!!
9-24-89 - Last home game of the season, Cubs parade around the field after winning.
4-13-91 - Bieleki pitches 8 innings allowing 0 runs and bats in 4 runs.

I wouldn't have looked any time later than 1998. There's nothing loveable about them since then.
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