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Ernie Banks

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Ernie Banks - Lew Freedman Summary

Ernie Banks is perhaps the most popular ballplayer in the history of the Chicago Cubs—a man as famous for his personality and trademark phrases as for his accomplishments on the field. Nicknamed “Mr. Cub,” Banks won two National League Most Valuable Player awards and slugged 512 home runs, all while battling discrimination and poverty. His conduct away from the field was so exemplary he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Based on extensive research and personal interviews conducted by the author, this biography details the life of the Texas-born shortstop and first baseman, from his childhood playing softball to his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame to his death in 2015.

Ernie Banks

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Ernie Banks - Phil Rogers Summary

Respected by his baseball peers, beloved by Chicago fans and teammates, Ernie Banks did everything there was to do in the game he loved. Everything, that is, except play in a World Series. How and why that experience eluded him during one season of particular promise—1969—is a key storyline of this fresh look at one of baseball's legendary players. Banks, who had picked cotton outside Dallas as a youth, ascended from a barnstorming semipro team to the major leagues after Kansas City Monarchs manager Buck O'Neil placed him with the Cubs. During his time in Chicago, Banks won two MVPs and received an education far better than the one he received in the segregated schools he'd attended, gaining important life skills while playing the game he was born to play.

Ernie Banks

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Ernie Banks - Peter C. Bjarkman,Earl Weaver Summary

A biography of the baseball player who hit over 500 homeruns in his nineteen seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

Let's Play Two

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Let's Play Two - Ron Rapoport Summary

The definitive and revealing biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, one of America's most iconic, beloved, and misunderstood baseball players, by acclaimed journalist Ron Rapoport. Ernie Banks, the first-ballot Hall of Famer and All-Century Team shortstop, played in fourteen All-Star Games, won two MVPs, and twice led the Major Leagues in home runs and runs batted in. He outslugged Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Mickey Mantle when they were in their prime, but while they made repeated World Series appearances in the 1950s and 60s, Banks spent his entire career with the woebegone Chicago Cubs, who didn't win a pennant in his adult lifetime. Today, Banks is remembered best for his signature phrase, "Let's play two," which has entered the American lexicon and exemplifies the enthusiasm that endeared him to fans everywhere. But Banks's public display of good cheer was a mask that hid a deeply conflicted, melancholy, and often quite lonely man. Despite the poverty and racism he endured as a young man, he was among the star players of baseball's early days of integration who were reluctant to speak out about Civil Rights. Being known as one of the greatest players never to reach the World Series also took its toll. At one point, Banks even saw a psychiatrist to see if that would help. It didn't. Yet Banks smiled through it all, enduring the scorn of Cubs manager Leo Durocher as an aging superstar and never uttering a single complaint. Let's Play Two is based on numerous conversations with Banks and on interviews with more than a hundred of his family members, teammates, friends, and associates as well as oral histories, court records, and thousands of other documents and sources. Together, they explain how Banks was so different from the caricature he created for the public. The book tells of Banks's early life in segregated Dallas, his years in the Negro Leagues, and his difficult life after retirement; and features compelling portraits of Buck O'Neil, Philip K. Wrigley, the Bleacher Bums, the doomed pennant race of 1969, and much more from a long-lost baseball era.


Northsiders Pdf/ePub eBook


Northsiders - Gerald C. Wood,Andrew Hazucha Summary

"These essays examine the Cubs role in history and politics of Chicago: historical divides along lines of race (on the field) and class (in the stands); local and nationwide media coverage in developing fan base; the Cubs' impact on Chicago music and lite


Ebony Pdf/ePub eBook


Ebony - N.A Summary

EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Ernie Banks, Home Run Slugger

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Ernie Banks, Home Run Slugger - Julian May Summary

A biography of the star batter for the Chicago Cubs, elected by the fans as "Greatest Cub Player of All Time."

Aren't You That News Man?

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Aren't You That News Man? - Gary Stromberg Summary

Aren't You That News Man? is a journey through the fascinating career of television reporter Gary Stromberg. Gary takes us behind the scenes and introduces us to a wacky group of characters who somehow managed to get newscasts on the air every night. He writes about the famous people he has met including Martin Sheen, Red Skelton, Steve Allen, James Ingram, and Paul Lynde. He also focuses in on the inspiring stories of regular folks who have stood up to the unexpected challenges that came their way. Gary explains how legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel offered him a chance to join the New York Mets. He reveals why he is grateful to the Beatles for helping him get into Northwestern. And, for the first time ever, he explains why Channel 8 workers pulled the pants off of a producer, and ran them up the flagpole in front of the station. He pays tribute to his boss Virgil Dominic, who assembled award-winning news departments in Atlanta and Cleveland. He spells out how has TV news has changed through the years. Gary takes a humorous look at the transformation. You will never look at the news the same way again.

Few and Chosen Cubs

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Few and Chosen Cubs - Ron Santo,Phil Pepe Summary

A richly illustrated history of the storied Chicago Cubs franchise looks at the accomplishments of the five top players in each position on the field, profiling the baseball legends of each era, including Sammy Sosa, Greg Maddux, Kerry Wood, Ernie Banks, Mark Grace, Gabby Hartnett, and others.

Sport in American Culture

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Sport in American Culture - Joyce Duncan Summary

A unique and timely exploration of the cultural impact of sport on American society, including lifestyles, language, and thinking.

W is for Wrigley

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W is for Wrigley - Brad Herzog Summary

What is the oldest ballpark in the National League? Whose famous scoreboard is still operated by hand? Whose outfield has ivy-covered redbrick walls ready to snatch home run dreams away from a batter? If you’re a baseball fan and live anywhere in the Midwest, you know the answer. It’s Wrigley Field in Chicago! Just in time to celebrate the April ’14 centennial of its opening day comes W is for Wrigley: A Friendly Confines Alphabet, an alphabetical tribute to the home of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. As one of only two major league stadiums to host baseball for at least 100 seasons, Wrigley Field has seen a lot of baseball history, including memorable Crosstown Classics and pitching feats by Kerry Wood, Ferguson Jenkins, and Greg Maddux. From the fans’ chant of “Go, Cubs, Go!” to the “Hey, Hey” home run call of longtime announcer Jack Brickhouse, baseball fans will enjoy reading about the field’s history, features, and momentous events.

Carrying Jackie's Torch

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Carrying Jackie's Torch - Steve Jacobson Summary

The real and painful struggles of the black players who followed Jackie Robinson into major and minor league baseball from 1947 to 1968 are chronicled in this compelling volume. Players share their personal and often heart-wrenching stories of intense racism, both on and off the field, mixed with a sometimes begrudged appreciation for their tremendous talents. Stories include incidents of white players who gave up promising careers in baseball because they wouldn't play with a black teammate, the Georgia law that forbade a black player from dressing in the same clubhouse as the white players, the quotas for the number of blacks on a team, and how salary negotiations without agents or free agency were akin to a plantation system for both black and white players. The 20 players profiled include Ernie Banks, Alvin Jackson, Charlie Murray, Chuck Harmon, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Hank Aaron, Curt Flood, Lou Brock, and Bob Watson.

Once Upon a Game

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Once Upon a Game - Alan Schwarz Summary

An illustrated compilation of personal reminiscences from the game's finest players, fans, and celebrities celebrates America's national pastime in reflections by Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, Mike Piazza, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, Charles Schulz, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Costner, Pedro Martinez, and Cal Ripken, Jr.

Our Team—Our Dream

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Our Team—Our Dream - Lechner, Tammy; Williams, Billy Summary

A trip into the world of a Cubs fan, this brilliant collection of photos and insightful essays highlights 15 years with the Chicago Cubs, from the winter Cubs Convention to their springs in Mesa and, finally, to the Friendly Confines during the season. This passionate photo documentary is a must-have for any and all Cubs fans who love to reminisce about past seasons while looking forward to the future with unguarded optimism. Our Team—Our Dream puts the Cubbies and the throngs of fans who flock to Wrigleyville on display in one memorable collection.

The Greedy and the Gullible

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The Greedy and the Gullible - David W. Smith Summary

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Baseball Fantography

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Baseball Fantography - Andy Strasberg Summary

A treasury of candid photos and behind-the-scenes trivia covering decades of baseball history. Baseball Fantography is a celebration of baseball through the eyes of fans, via photos they’ve taken of players, ballparks, and related subjects over the past nine decades, along with essays, sidebars, and quotes. The project originated when the author discovered an old 1960s snapshot of himself as a teenager with his idol, Roger Maris, at Yankee Stadium. Realizing that he couldn’t be the only one with these hidden photographic gems, he began collecting baseball photos taken by fans. The book contains: More than 250 never-before-published images of such players as Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle, Derek Jeter, and Josh Hamilton Chapters on subjects like ballparks, spring training, broadcasters, dugouts, and baseball cards Contributions from baseball aficionados and notables like Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, a 35-year veteran Topps baseball photographer, and a former president of the Baseball Hall of Fame A foreword by Bob Costas

The Roy Stories

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The Roy Stories - Barry Gifford Summary

Barry Gifford has been writing gritty, American tales for the past forty years. His novels, stories, poetry, and films have helped shape the American neo-noir genre. The New York Times Book Review says that he "can sum up in a few words the cruelty, horror, and crushing banality that shape an entire life.” Andrei Codrescu calls Gifford “a great comic realist,” while Pedro Almodóvar likens him to the surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel, and Jonathan Lethem describes his style as “William Faulkner by way of B-movie film noir, porn paperbacks, and Sun Records rockabilly.” In The Roy Stories Gifford brings his signature style to a collection of tales following the character of Roy, who has made appearances in a number of Gifford’s previous story collections. Roy lives a mystical kind of life, skinning crocodiles in Southern Florida at age nine in the 1940s and playing in the back alleys of Chicago in the 1950s. This deep-feeling boy observes every detail in his surroundings with a sense of dark humor and an openness that will clutch readers tightly by the heart and lead them on a historical journey.

The Third Fireside Book of Baseball

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The Third Fireside Book of Baseball - Charles Einstein Summary

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21 Yesterdays

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21 Yesterdays - Joseph E. Pluta Summary

Experience turn of the century life in a small Midwestern town where the visit of President McKinley causes reporters to miss a nearby manned flight more than four years before the Wright Brothers. Attend the last concert of Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens in Iowa before their tragic plane crash in 1959. Witness the disruption of family life when sex scandals within their church challenge their beliefs and values. Observe how an advisor to Secretary of State Colin Powell loses the respect of his extended family that disputes positions both have taken during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Feel the psychological trauma, and occasional renewal, of those whose lives have been upset by unexpected career altering circumstances. These and other events are captured in this collection of short stories where real and fictional characters interact in historically meaningful situations.


Doubleheaders Pdf/ePub eBook


Doubleheaders - Charlie Bevis Summary

Award-winning author Charlie Bevis explores the long history of the major league doubleheader from its beginnings in the late 19th century up to the present day. Emphasizing its significance within baseball and popular culture, Bevis describes the twin bill’s role in holiday celebrations, its one-time identity as Sunday sporting event, and the part it played in baseball’s survival during the Depression and World War Two.

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