5 Books for the Cubs World Series!

I started actively watching the Cubs in October of 2003 – the month that brought us the Bartman ball and the infamous postseason collapse to the Miami Marlins.  (I still don’t like to talk about it.)  Over the last thirteen years, the Cubs have given me hope and more heartaches than I care to remember, but this last weekend, I finally got to watch as my beloved Cubs reached the World Series for the first time in 71 years!

Now, because this is a book blog, and because I celebrate everything with books, I’ve pulled together a few required reading titles for this enormous World Series.  These books can’t fully describe the weight of the Cubs’ fanbase and history on their own, but they’ll give you a taste of how iconic and special this team has become.  If you’re a Cubs fan, I hope you learn something new to make this celebration even more special.  If you’re not a Cubs (or a baseball) fan, I hope you’ll gain a new perspective on this momentous occasion.  If you’re a White Sox fan…well, I just won’t say anything more!  🙂

banks-to-sandberg-to-graceBanks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration With the Chicago Cubs, ed. Carrie Muskat
796.35764 BAN

The chronological saga of the post-World War II Chicago Cubs as told by those who were on the field, in the front office, or on the fringes, recounting more than fifty years of few victories and many heartaches.






durochers-cubsDurocher’s Cubs: The Greatest Team That Didn’t Win by David Claerbaut
796.35764 DUR

Durocher’s Cubs recreates the magic of those years when the Cubs had a collection of diamond luminaries but still couldn’t win, and explores what really happened on the field, in the clubhouse, and in the gilded offices of William Wrigley, the team’s owner.






moneyballMoneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis
796.357 LEWIS

Explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money.

*Note: Although this book isn’t directly about the Chicago Cubs, it does highlight the beginning of a new era in baseball management & scouting – one that Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein has used to great success, both in Chicago and in Boston with the Red Sox.





a-nice-little-place-on-the-north-sideA Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred by George Will
796.357 WILL

Chronicling a century of highs and lows at Wrigley Field, George Will explores the home of the hapless Chicago Cubs in relation to his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball, and the nature of sports fandom.






cubs-nationCubs Nation: 162 Games, 162 Stories, 1 Addiction by Gene Wojciechowski
796.35764 WOJCIECH

From Ernie Banks, the legendary Mr. Cub, to Sammy Sosa, today’s record-setting sensation, Cubs Nation traces the history of a team that often had everything going for it and yet was so hampered by losses that it came to define the term lovable losers.






Happy reading, and Go Cubs Go!!

—Katie, Adult Reference & joyful Cubs fan