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Cubs Journal: Year by Year and Day by Day with the Chicago Cubs Since 1876 Paperback – May 1, 2005

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"...captures the zeitgeist of the true baseball fan. Snyder’s book provides the perfect gift for the Chicago Cubs diehard." -- 5 stars by Ram Subramanian at

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For Cubs fans, CUBS JOURNAL provides the opportunity to relive great plays, settle those "friendly wagers" and dive headfirst into the most fascinating, fact-filled book ever written on the Chicago Cubs.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 734 pages
  • Publisher: Clerisy Press (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578601924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578601929
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 7.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
In Cubs Journal: Year By Year & Day By Day With The Chicago Cubs Since 1876, historian and sports enthusiast John Snyder has written a 720-page, in-depth, definitive history chronicling the Chicago Cubs baseball team from its inception in 1876 down through the 2004 season. Enhanced with a profusion of photos, sidebars, statistics, and anecdotes, Cubs Journal is organized by decade, with each section featuring an informative summary, team and player statistics, and highlights of great games, a statistical overview, and day-by-day breakdowns. In addition to anecdotes, each date also includes a hitting and pitching highlights and so much more than a simple box score. The Cubs Journal could well serve as a template for similar sports club histories in baseball or any other team sport. Every dedicated Cubs fan will want their very own copy of John Snyder's Cubs Journal!
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This is quite an ambitious book, as it covers the history of the Cubs from 1876 through early in the 2005 season. The book touts itself as a day-by-day history of the Cubs, but that doesn't mean it's simply a dry recessitation of mere box scores or pages of statistics. Instead, author John Snyder has put together a collection of memorable dates and games from each of the Cubs' many seasons.

Sprinkled in between the game highlights are little factoids that don't otherwise fit neatly into the chronogical format. These factoids offer everything from analysis of various Cub trades to changes at the ballpark to details of games that the overview leaves out. Very often they are the most intriguing parts of the book.

The book makes for great reading, whether you're a veteran (and long-suffering) fan who wants to reminisce about days gone by or for younger fans who want to get a thorough primer on Cubs lore. Considering the dearth of truly comprehensive books on Cubs history, this book should find a place on every fan's shelf.

Having said that, the book is not without its flaws. The highlight dates definitely make for a good idea, but occasionally it's unclear that the games the author has chosen are really the ones that the fans themselves would have considered the most memorable at the time. He appears to have a fondness for highlighting games which have high-scoring innings. Other times it is not so clear why a particular game has been chosen to be spotlighted, such as this random entry for August 18, 1983: "A three-run homer by Jody Davis accounts for all of the runs in a 3-0 win over the Braves at Wrigley Field. Ferguson Jenkins (8 2/3 innings) and Lee Smith (1/3 of an inning) combined on the shutout.
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By Cheryl on July 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
great read
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sherry L. Newman on January 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I placed this order on Dec. 8th feeling good that it should be no problem getting this by Christmas. Well here it is Jan. 16, 2007 and I am still waiting for this item. I have even spoke to the company and told them I was still waiting for it and they re-sent it, but to the wrong place... not even in the same city. I am not very happy and I will never do business with them again and I would advise anyone else to beware and would advice them to go some place else.
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