With all the noise the Chicago Cubs have made during the off-season this year, I figured now would be a good time to take a look at todays book.
Wrigley Field – 100 Stories for 100 Years
By Dan Campana and Rob Carroll – 2013 The History Press
I have said before that the stadiums are an important part of the fan experience. It’s the sights, sounds and smells of each individual place that make each park unique. The longer a ball park stands, the more ingrained in the city it becomes, and over time becomes an extension of the team. Wrigley Field is no exception to that phenomenon. It has been witness to the triumphs and tragedies of the Chicago faithful and become a beloved friend to the Cubbies fans for over a century.
Campana and Carroll have written a book that takes a look at the bond between fans and their ball park. The cool part is it does not stop at just the fan base. It tells stories, from fans, players, coaches, announcers employees and the city locals. It gives an inside look at the bond built between the Chicago faithful and their stadium on hot summer nights. A bond that with the passing of time has only become stronger.
Each story is broken into its own separate chapter and give an in-depth look at what makes Wrigley Field so special to so many. It is more than just the fact that Wrigley has been standing for what seems like eternity. It is the magic and charm that only an old ball park can offer. It has 100 years of smells and memories that each individual holds dear.
If Wrigley Field has ever been a place you wanted to make a baseball pilgrimage to, then you may want to check this book out. It will give you an idea of the truly special place you are going to visit. Cubs fans will enjoy it for obvious reasons as well as other fans who have respect for the game’s history.
You can get this book from the nice folks at The History Press