Take Me Out to the Cubs Game

35 Former Ballplayers Speak of Losing at Wrigley


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About the Book

“There’s too much nature in that ballpark”—Harry Chiti

And make no mistake, whether it’s the wind full-tilt off Lake Michigan, an early-season snowstorm at Waveland and Sheffield, or spring ivy hiding the batted balls of the visiting nine, nature seems to have Wrigley Field and the Cubbies under its thumb.
In this book, John Skipper talks with 35 former Chicago Cubs who relive their ball-playing days and speculate on the eternally middling and undeniably popular Northsiders. This troop of now-grizzled bears, including Claude Passeau, Hank Wyse, Alvin Dark, Don Kessinger, Joe Niekro, Pete LaCock, and slugger Hank Sauer, hold forth on the front office moves, gruelling day-game scheduling and sometimes agonizing play of one of baseball’s oldest, unluckiest and yet most revered franchises.

About the Author(s)

John C. Skipper, a political reporter for the Mason City (Iowa) Globe Gazette, has written numerous books on politics and baseball, including a history of the The Iowa Caucuses and acclaimed biographies of Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dazzy Vance and Charlie Gehringer.

Bibliographic Details

John C. Skipper
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 256
Bibliographic Info: photos, tables, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2000
pISBN: 978-0-7864-0810-8
eISBN: 978-0-7864-6262-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“an enjoyable book”—The Diamond Angle; “eyewitnesses of the Cubbies from the 1930s through the ’80s retell their tales of baseball woe in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “a fun read”—1190 KEX News Radio.