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Newly Published: The Cubs and the A’s of 1910

New on our bookshelf today:

The Cubs and the A’s of 1910: One Dynasty Ends, Another Begins
Richard Bressler

The Cubs were at the end of the best five-season run of any team in history. The team featured Three Finger Brown, the famed double play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, and the other players who together won 530 games in the 1906–1910 seasons. They won four National League pennants and were the first team to win consecutive World Series, in 1907 and 1908. After winning 104 games in 1909 and finishing second in the League, the Cubs came back in 1910 to win the pennant again—they seemed unstoppable.

Going into the World Series, the Cubs—favored to win—were at the end of a great run and the Philadelphia A’s were at the start of one. This book tells the story of the changing of the guard in baseball in 1910, and how these two great teams assembled. The narrative takes in the history of early 20th century baseball, featuring men like Ben Shibe, Connie Mack, Eddie Collins, Frank Baker, Chief Bender, and many others.