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Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs Paperback – March 14, 2002
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"The Cubs haven't won a World Series since 1908, but more books have been written about them than any team except the Yankees. Banks to Sandberg to Grace is one of the best."
--Phil Tatman, Orlando Sentinel
The Chicago Cubs are one of the most beloved teams in all of sports, though not for their success on the baseball field. The post-World War II years have been especially rough for the Cubs: they have been without a pennant since 1945--longer than any team in the major leagues. But devoted Cubs fans continue to faithfully follow their team each season, regardless of the result. Banks to Sandberg to Grace takes the reader on a nostalgic journey through the triumphs (few), the heartaches (many), and the lighter moments, as told by those who were actually there--on the field, in the front office, or behind the scenes.
In the more than 60 first-person stories spanning the last 50 years, each storyteller shares his or her personal, revealing account of what it was like to play or work for the Chicago Cubs. Hank Sauer laughs about fans in the bleachers throwing tobacco at him. The team's longtime equipment manager, Yosh Kawano, talks about gaining the trust and friendship of players like Ryne Sandberg. And the late WGN-TV producer Arne Harris reminisces about sharing an earpiece with Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray.
Cut from the cloth of memory, these warm, insightful stories make a perfect gift for Cubs fans, who, through love and frustration, remain forever faithful to their team and to the promise of "wait 'til next year."
Top Customer Reviews
...then there's the pain of the Chicago Cubs fan- their team never even comes close to competing for anything, save the magic of Rick Sutcliffe's magical 1984 season, or the Wildcard Cubs of a few seasons ago, led by Kerry Wood and Sammy Sosa. It's a very different type of pain. The pain of realization that "wait till next season" may well be said by June or July.
Being a fan of both clubs (Born in Boston, moved to Ohio in my youth but obviously could not root for the Reds, and Cleveland??!! pulleeeze... did they even field a baseball club in the late 70's? ..so I found the Cubs), I dive into histories of both teams voraciously, and Muskat's work on the Cubs is an entertaining and informative one.
Starting with the greatness of the 45 team, Muskat's tireless work interviews the greats of Cubs history- Billy Williams, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg, Mark Grace, and a host of others. Their perspectives are what make this work so great- the agony, heartache, hillarity, wishful thinking, hopes held high in April, hopes dashes by Season's end. It's all part of the world of being a Chicago Cub, and it is all here.
At times testy, at other times silly and ridiculous, still other times tear-felt, the oral history of the Cubs has never been better presented than in this work, and never better told than by those who lived the game at Wrigley Field.Read more ›
The author interviewed a plethora of players and then let them explain in their own words what it was like when they played. This provides insights unavailable elsewhere.
Thus, as the Cubs stumble through another miserable season, their fans can seek relief reading this book. Don't give up hope, though. The Cubs will win the World Series--just don't ask me when.
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From Banks to Sandberg to Grace? What does that even mean? I could understand if it was connecting one generation to another. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by M. Lynch
As a lifelong Cubs fan, I had high hopes for this book. Granted, I was reading it while the Cubs were yet again snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by losing 7 of 8 and... Read morePublished on October 3, 2004 by Michael Erisman