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Chicago sports journalist Muskat has former and current players and personnel tell the story of the Cubs from their last pennant-winning year, 1945, to the present. Despite their losing ways, the Cubs have fans nationwide, and this book will circulate well in many libraries. It is more thorough than John Skipper's oral history, Take Me Out to the Cubs Game (LJ 8/00) and should be purchased along with George Castle's fine history The Million-to-One Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945 (Diamond, 2000).
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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."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (March 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071385568
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071385565
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean M. Kelly on May 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
In baseball, there are two known types of pain- you have the exquisite pain of Red Sox fans, whose team comes within 1 out of taking it all, only to have Bill Buckner boot the routine grounder, or have Mike Torrez give up the most improbable of home runs to Bucky Dent. It's a horrid pain- the pain of being so close, yet not getting over the hump...
...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.
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I absolutely loved this book, and I am not even a Cub's fan. It was very entertaining, very informatative, and very fun. It has great tales from Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, and Andy Pafko. I would recommend this book to any baseball fan. No, I would recommend it to any sports fan!
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By A Customer on August 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
From a review in the Chicago Tribune Books section, July 8, 2001: I had no idea reading could be so much fun.... By turns, the players' tales are hilarious, heartbreaking, defensive, nostalgic and brutally honest... When he first walked onto Wrigley Field, says Ron Santo: "The stands were empty. It was so beautiful. It was like playing in my backyard. It didn't feel like, 'Jeez, I'm overwhelmed.' It felt like, 'This is baseball.' " In "Banks to Sandberg to Grace," Muskat captures that spirit and magic...
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As a lifetime Cubs fan, I loved this book. Even if you like another team, but like baseball, you'll love this book.

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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outstanding book for the true cub fan.i've been a cub fan for 55 years; this book brings it home.imagine being at wrigley at 10 in the morning, the smell of hotdogs cigar smoke with a hint of beer in the air. and you couldn't care less if the cubs won or lost as long as the sun was shining and earnie banks was playing and saying lets play 2.
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