Cover for roberts: Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945. Click for larger image
Ebook Information

Before the Curse

The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945

The early days and glory days of the Chicago Cubs

Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870–1945 brings to life the early history of this much beloved and often heartbreaking baseball club. Originally called the Chicago White Stockings, the team immediately established itself as a powerhouse, winning the newly formed National League's inaugural pennant in 1876, repeating the feat in 1880 and 1881, and commanding the league in the decades to come. The legendary days of the Cubs are recaptured here in more than two dozen vintage newspaper accounts and historical essays on the teams and the fans who loved them. The great games, pennant races, and series are all here, including the 1906 World Series between the Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Of course, Before the Curse remembers the Hall of Fame players--Grover Cleveland Alexander, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson--who delighted Cubs fans with their play on the field and their antics elsewhere.

Through engaging introductions to each article, Randy Roberts and Carson Cunningham demonstrate how changes in ownership affected the success of the team, who the teams' major players were both on and off the field, and how regular fans, owners, players, journalists, and Chicagoans of the past talked and wrote about baseball.


"This book delights because it brings a collection of primary journalism to the baseball history buff and Cubs fans in easy bite sizes."--Library Journal

"An exceptional anthology. . . .Before the Curse presents a team in full."--Journal of Sport History

"A substantial, in-depth collection that shows how the Cubs came to be, from the late nineteenth century up to the mid-twentieth century, and how they set up the direction of the franchise into the present day."--George Castle, Chicago sportswriter and author of Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout

"Full of lively newspaper accounts and vintage articles, Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870–1945 will draw a wide audience among baseball scholars and, of course, Cubs fans."--David Zang, author of Sports Wars: Athletes in the Age of Aquarius


Randy Roberts is Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University and the author of Joe Louis: Hard Times Man. Carson Cunningham teaches history at Depaul University and is the author of American Hoops: U.S. Men's Olympic Basketball from Berlin to Beijing.

To order online:
//www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/24ctr6ry9780252078163.html

To order by phone:
(800) 621-2736 (USA/Canada)
(773) 702-7000 (International)

Related Titles

previous book next book
Journal of Sport History - Cover
Journal of Sport History

Edited by Maureen Smith

Before the Ivy - Cover
Before the Ivy

The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago

Laurent Pernot

Fighting Visibility - Cover
Fighting Visibility

Sports Media and Female Athletes in the UFC

Jennifer McClearen

Preacher - Cover
Preacher

Billy Sunday and Big-Time American Evangelism

Roger A. Bruns

Stagg's University - Cover
Stagg's University

The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Big-Time Football at Chicago

Robin Lester

Before March Madness - Cover
Before March Madness

The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Kurt Edward Kemper

Degrees of Difficulty - Cover
Degrees of Difficulty

How Women's Gymnastics Rose to Prominence and Fell from Grace

Georgia Cervin

The Chicago Sports Reader - Cover
The Chicago Sports Reader

100 Years of Sports in the Windy City

Edited by Steven A. Riess and Gerald R. Gems

Tennis - Cover
Tennis

A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals

Greg Ruth

Surf and Rescue - Cover
Surf and Rescue

George Freeth and the Birth of California Beach Culture

Patrick Moser

The Gold in the Rings - Cover
The Gold in the Rings

The People and Events That Transformed the Olympic Games

Stephen R. Wenn and Robert K. Barney

The Sport Marriage - Cover
The Sport Marriage

Women Who Make It Work

Steven M. Ortiz

From Football to Soccer - Cover
From Football to Soccer

The Early History of the Beautiful Game in the United States

Brian D. Bunk

Sports in Chicago - Cover
Sports in Chicago

Edited by Elliott J. Gorn