Monday, October 6, 2008

A century too soon for Cubs fans

Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History

rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now that fans of the Chicago Cubs have been put out of their impending misery (you didn't really think the Cubs were going to the Series, did you?), they can retire for the winter with this book and wish they had been born about 100 years earlier.

When the Cubs really did go to the World Series.

And they did so at end of one of the most exciting pennant races baseball has ever seen. It was a three-way battle between the Cubs (Tinker to Evers to Chance), the Giants of John McGraw and Christy Mathewson, and the Pirate of Honus Wagner.

Cait Murphy tells this story with a lot of gusto and a style that sometimes gets in the way of the drama. Still, the research she has done is solid and extensive. I liked this book at the end much better than at the beginning and would recommend it to any fan of baseball history.

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