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Product Details

  • Series: Few and Chosen
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572437103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572437104
  • ASIN: B0078XUZ6G
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,004,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

"How blessed I was to be a baseball player and to have played for the Cubs in the city of Chicago, with the greatest fans in the world. Cubs fans are like no other fans. . . . Let’s play two, and I’ll play both games: one at first base and the other at shortstop." —From the Foreword by Ernie Banks "It’s hard to explain to people what’s so special about being a Cub or a Cubs fan. But it is special. It’s Wrigley field, so small and intimate that fans are close enough to the field to carry on conversations with the players. It’s day baseball. It’s the fact that Chicago is centrally located and the Cubs’ fan base is stretched across the country." —from the Foreword by Ryne Sandberg

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Cursed or not, the Chicago Cubs have been one of the most talent-laden teams in the history of baseball—and that tradition of excellence continues today. Cap Anson, Gabby Hartnett, Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux, Sammy Sosa . . . the list is virtually endless. Rating the top five Cubs of all time at each position would be a daunting task sure to spark countless hours of heated debate among the Wrigley Field faithful, but former Cubs great Ron Santo has done just that. In Few and Chosen, he has selected the top five players at each position, as well as the five all-time greatest Cubs managers and teams. His compilation evokes cherished memories of one of the richest histories in sports and fuels the eternal optimism that has defined this beloved franchise. Talk about a dream team: imagine what it would be like to be able to take a franchise with as rich a history as the Chicago Cubs have had—with all of the wonderfully gifted athletes who have graced the uniform over the past century—and assemble a lineup using only the very best players from that elite group. Would you take Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown or Ferguson Jenkins as your top right-handed starting pitcher? Or possibly four-time Cy Young Award–winner Greg Maddux, to throw out another name? At second base, your choices might include great players like Rogers Hornsby and Johnny Evers. But if you could put just one name in the top spot, wouldn’t it have to be Ryne Sandberg? With all of the incredible talent the Cubs have had over the years, it becomes a fairly enticing—and challenging—exercise. Former Cubs great Ron Santo was up to that challenge; in Few and Chosen, he has ranked the top five all-time Cubs players at each position, as well as the top five managers and the five best teams. If anyone is qualified for an undertaking such as this, it’s Santo, whose association with the Cubs began in 1960 and continues to this day as a broadcaster. Breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of dozens of ballplayers from different eras, Santo reveals his conclusions in this richly illustrated compilation of Cubs memories. The finished product is an entertaining and informative inside look at the best players to be a part of this great and beloved franchise. By bringing together the legends of Cubs lore, as well as the team’s contemporary superstars, Santo has created the ultimate tribute to the Chicago Cubs—while fanning the flames of debate among the most passionate fans in sports.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. McDaniel on October 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This item is an absolutely must have for all Cubs fans. There is something here for everyone. The long-time diehards will relive highlights from the careers of Cubs greats and the 'newbie' Cubs fans will meet the legends for the first time. Best of all, this book is brought to you by one of the legends himself... Ron Santo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
One thing about being a Cubs fan. There are plenty of books written about the team. Many of these books are quite good. You can add Ron Santo's "Few and Chosen" to that list.

In it, Santo picks the top five Cubs at each position. This includes three lists of pitchers (right-handed, left-handed, relief) and a list of the top five managers. All in all, then, Santo has given us twelve lists. He then gives a brief description of each of the players he has chosen as well as his reason for ranking them in the top five at that position. As a Cubs fan for nearly sixty years, I have to say that Santo is spot on in his picks and I have almost no disagreements with the men he has chosen.

In fact, I can find just one glaring omission. And that is at third base. Most certainly it was modesty on his part, but Santo did not list himself among the top five Cubs third-basemen. Anyone who saw him play on the North Side of Chicago for thirteen years and remembers both his skill, his intensity, and his love for the game and for the Cubs, will have to admit that if he was not the greatest Cubs third baseman of all times, he was certainly in the top five. (It is a shame that he was not elected to the Hall of Fame prior to his death.)

Prior to reading the book I was afraid that he would not list Leo Durocher as one of the top five Cubs managers because of his own stormy relationship with the man. I was grateful to see that he listed Leo as number one. While the first Cubs manager I distinctly remember was Bob Scheffing, and so I have no way of evaluating managers prior to the 1950s, I must say that of all the managers the Cubs have had since, Durocher was the best.
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0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pete D. on February 1, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Santo certainly had his work cut out for him. Defining Cub greatness? I would have thought it only warranted a pamphlet or perhaps a column. I think the title should have been more like "defining Cubs great efforts, but disappointing results across the eras" no?
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