Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs by Ira Berkow (2014)

Wrigley Field by Ira Berkow book review

Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs
by Ira Berkow
Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014
224 pages

If Les Krantz’s book (posted yesterday) is a leadoff hitter for books about Wrigley Field’s centennial, Ira Berkow’s volume is the cleanup slugger. From the foreword by pitcher Kerry Wood to the forty pages of “Wrigley Memories” by players, politicians, and other celebrities, and all the history in between, Berkow has delivered the definitive word on the history of the Cubs’ park.

Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs will not leave you wanting for photographs, as nearly every page features images of Cubs greats from throughout the years. Interviews with Ernie Banks, Lou Brock, Greg Maddux, Don Zimmer and more are weaved into the text creating a narrative that blends the views from the pressbox with the dugout. The lion’s share of this volume is dedicated to the baseball team, with just a small section near the end—six pages to be exact—delving into the football and hockey events held at Wrigley.

While the year is still young and many more will be published, it is difficult to imagine that a more in-depth book about Wrigley Field’s first 100 years will be released. Berkow truly hits it out of the park with Wrigley Field: An Oral and Narrative History of the Home of the Chicago Cubs. This is a book that every baseball fan must own.

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About JT

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