The stage was set for the 1969 Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, where the lights didn’t yet shine at night, but they did in the eyes of every hopeful fan. They were a team that didn’t go all the way, but they may have done more for the future of the franchise and the role fans play in the game than any Cubs team that preceded them . . . and most that followed. Get the view from the pitcher’s mound as Hall-of-Fame legend Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins gives his first-hand accounts and personal insights into that historic season and the team that helped bring America’s pastime into our living rooms.
Readers, especially Cubs fans, will regale as they are treated to the relationships on the team, the community surrounding Wrigley Field, and the fans of all backgrounds who swelled with optimism and provided a virtual extended family to the players. These memories are made real through incredible statistics, athletic feats, and a full-color photo insert packed with nostalgia. In this book, time trip back to 1969 with Fergie Jenkins, co-author and renowned sports historian George Castle, and many notable athletes, journalists, and sports aficionados, to make those memories yours as well. The personal story, full of equal parts action, stats, and hope, takes your heart back to simple pastimes and joys.
Beautiful cover art from John Hanley and a full-color photo insert, in addition to graphics and nostalgic photos throughout, make this book a beautiful gift for: Cubs and baseball fans, Chicago lovers, little league aficionados, collectors, historians, watch-party and tailgate hosts, pitchers and other baseball players of every level…and YOU