Wrigley Field's Last World Series.
Charles N. Billington, author; George Brace, photographer
Lake Claremont Press
4650 N. Rockwell St., Chicago, IL 60625
1893121453 $16.95 www.lakeclaremont.com
Wrigley Field's Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1945 is an in-depth analysis of the Cubs' greatest year in baseball history--with a summary of the causes of the team's decline in all the decades to follow. As World War II was coming to an end, the Cubs' were at their very best; Wrigley Field's Last World Series follows their efforts month by month until their crowning achievement of the World Series pennant. Yet after 1945, the Cubs' performance and success dropped dramatically, which author Billington attests to multiple causes, including disastrously poor trades, an sluggish and flawed system to "farm" new talent, the toll of wartime draft, and more. A skillfully narrated look at the year that was a monumental turning point, featuring a handful of black-and- white photography by George Brace. Especially recommended reading for Cubs fans.
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|Title Annotation:||Wrigley Field's Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1945|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2005|
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