Five Books for True Cubs Fans

A Nice Little Place on the North Side Book CoverToday, it seems like everybody has Cubs fever. After Saturday's win against Los Angeles Dodgers there's no better time for fans to show their spirit. Or maybe read up on the history of your favorite team. Here are some Cubs-related books to keep you occupied between games.
 
Winding beautifully like Wrigley's iconic ivy, George Will's meditation on "The Friendly Confines" examines both the unforgettable stories that forged Wrigley Field's legend and the larger-than-life characters who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs' future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility. In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself.
 
In 1906, the baseball world saw something that had never been done. Two teams from the same city squared off against each other in an intracity World Series, pitting the heavily favored Cubs of the National League against the hardscrabble American League champion White Sox. Noted historian Bernard A. Weisberger tells the tale of a unique time in baseball, a unique time in America, and a time when Chicago was at the center of it all.
 
There is a theory that if the Cubs ever win the World Series, it would upset the delicate balance of the cosmos and bring the apocalypse. With great wit and insight, veteran sports writer and Chicago native Will Wagner chronicles the entire 2004 season from the melting snows of spring through the melting team chemistry of autumn, from soaring hopes to Sulkin' Sammy Sosa. Ever the hopeless Cubs fan himself, Wagner is still philosophical: "Better times are ahead for the cubbies. That's what keeps us going. Next year is only four or five years away."
 
With 139 years of Chicago Cubs history, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Cubs fan should know. More than a look at the century-long wait for another World Series win, the book contains crucial information for Cubs fans, such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Cubs also includes a list of must-do Cubs-related activities, which include taking in Wrigley field, traveling to Arizona for spring training, and sipping beers at the best Cubs bars around the country.
 
Writing with Chicago Tribune sports columnist Bob Verdi, legendary Cubs announcer Harry Caray recaps his decades in the booth, paying special attention to the owners he has dealt with and explaining his philosophy of success in the booth, which is to think of himself primarily as a fan explaining the game to his fellow fans and pointing out players' failures as well as strengths. In this memoir, he recalls players he has admired, beginning with his all-time favorite, Stan Musial, and including Reggie Jackson, Richie Allen, and Ryne Sandberg.