Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870–1945 brings to life the early history of the much beloved and often heartbreaking Chicago Cubs. Originally called the Chicago White Stockings, the team immediately established itself as a powerhouse, winning the newly formed National Base Ball League's inaugural pennant in 1876, repeating the feat in 1880 and 1881, and Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870–1945 brings to life the early history of the much beloved and often heartbreaking Chicago Cubs. Originally called the Chicago White Stockings, the team immediately established itself as a powerhouse, winning the newly formed National Base Ball League's inaugural pennant in 1876, repeating the feat in 1880 and 1881, and commanding the league in the decades to come. The legendary days of the Cubs are recaptured here in more than two dozen vintage newspaper accounts and historical essays on the teams and the fans who loved them. The great games, pennant races, and series are all here, including the 1906 World Series between the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Of course, Before the Curse remembers the hall-of-fame players--Grover Cleveland Alexander, Gabby Hartnett, Roger Hornsby, Dizzy Dean--who delighted Cubs fans with their play on the field and their antics elsewhere. Through stimulating introductions to each article, Randy Roberts and Carson Cunningham demonstrate how changes in ownership affected the success of the team, who the teams' major players were both on and off the field, and how regular fans, owners, players, journalists, and Chicagoans of the past talked and wrote about baseball....
|Title||:||Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945|
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Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945 Reviews
A great idea for a real book.....I thought I would catch up on my novel reading and relive the thrilling days of yesteryear when the Chicago Cubs might even win some ballgames.I should have stood in bed.This novel is a collection of a few old photos and various newspaper and magazine articles from the years 1870 to 1945. There is a little bit of an intro in sections, but all those read like notes from an outline.It must be that these two guys got together over a couple beers and says "Gee wouldn't it be real cool to write a history of the Chicago Cubs when they actually won some ballgames?"It would be, it could be.... only this book is not that book.These guys do some research but it looks to me like that it turns out to be too much trouble or too boring to actually write an actual account of the team and the times so they just publish some of the research instead.If the authors are guys who sell hardware or farm equipment or run a restaurant then it would be no big deal. Or even if they are sports writers or famous movie stars.But they are not.The authors blurbs show both of these guys teach history at real universities where real people sit in real classrooms and pay real money for real classes.I wonder how these two would react if some term paper they were grading is nothing more than a few pages of notes, saying little and only the obvious, and then nothing more than lots of newspaper and magazine articles all typed in real pretty so a guy can read them real good. I think it would not be so good a grade on account of just burping up other people's writing is not "history". Even if it is sports writing and about the Chicago Cubs.Well, at least this tome does have footnotes so I guess that is something on account of now we know what newspaper article someone else wrote or what book someone else published that they got this stuff from. And it has an index too which is great if you want to look up what someone else wrote.I may be wrong but I expect more from actual history professors than a collection of stuff we all can look up pretty easily on the internet or at the library, even if they do type it all in real good and have footnotes and an index.I may be strange but I think of it like this.....I expect a real big league ballplayer to play at the big league level all the time, not just when it is convenient or fun or easy, on account of anything else is bush.Likewise....I may be all wrong on account of I am not an actual history professor at an actual university, but I expect an actual university history professor to work at whatever they call a big league level (on account if universities are not the big league level, then clue me in as to what is), not some "Hey guys, look at the cool old newspaper articles I found !!" level, not just when it is convenient or fun or easy, on account of that looks bush to me.Oh, but then maybe baseball is not a real history subject... after all there is some difference of opinion about whether or not the Chicago Cubs are a real big league ball club. And not being a real history subject like Knights of the Round Table, Napoleon or some other guys nobody ever heard of, then it is OK to publish stuff like this and it is not bush on account of it is not "real history stuff" or difficult or something.OK then. You need Napoleon for it to be real history?Napoleon Lajoie, Cleveland, 3,242 hits, lifetime .338 batting average. You could look it up on account of it is real history.
I thought this would be a good history of the team, instead it's a collection of published articles strung together with very thin prose. Some of the articles are interesting, but overall the book is disappointing.
Dry! A misleading hotch-pitch of newspaper articles cobbled together. Not as interesting as it should be