Before They Were the Cubs

The Early Years of Chicago’s First Professional Baseball Team


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About the Book

Founded in 1869, the Chicago Cubs are a charter member of the National League and the last remaining of the eight original league clubs still playing in the city in which the franchise started. Drawing on newspaper articles, books and archival records, the author chronicles the team’s early years. He describes the club’s planning stages of 1868; covers the decades when the ballplayers were variously called White Stockings, Colts, and Orphans; and relates how a sportswriter first referred to the young players as Cubs in the March 27, 1902, issue of the Chicago Daily News.
Reprinted selections from firsthand accounts provide a colorful narrative of baseball in 19th-century America, as well as a documentary history of the Chicago team and its members before they were the Cubs.

About the Author(s)

Jack Bales is the Reference and Humanities Librarian at the University of Mary Washington Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The author of numerous books and articles, he lives in Fredericksburg.

Bibliographic Details

Jack Bales
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 262
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7467-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3506-4
Imprint: McFarland