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Cubs by the Numbers: A Complete Team History of the Cubbies by Uniform Number Paperback – March 26, 2009
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Al is one of the co-authors of this amazing book. Every player since 1932 is organized by uniform number, and the better players for each jersey number are discussed in some detail. And there's usually a note on the most obscure Cubbie to wear a given number.
As an approach to organizing the history of the Cubs, it's excellent. As a research effort, it is very, very impressive. As a read, it is simply delightful. While Al and his fellow authors are serious Cub fans, the book is light-hearted and very well-written. Packed with anecdotes, insights and trivia, it manages to celebrate the team without the self-flagellation that afflicts too many Cubs authors.
The book works as both a read and a reference. It's also good fun; the Cubs have had more than their share of characters over the years. My very highest recommendation for any Cubs fan.