Miracle Collapse

Miracle Collapse

The 1969 Chicago Cubs

Doug Feldmann
Foreword by Don Kessinger

304 pages
10 images

Paperback

October 2009

978-0-8032-2637-1

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About the Book

Civil unrest at home, war abroad, and political uncertainty gripped the nation as the 1970s approached. In the summer of 1969, as a tumultuous decade of American history neared its end, Major League Baseball presented sports fans with a thrilling distraction: a pennant race that pitted the Chicago Cubs, those much-loved perennial also-rans, against the defending National League champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the upstart New York Mets.
 
Miracle Collapse is the story of how one of the most talented Cubs teams ever to take the field—with Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, and ace pitcher Ferguson Jenkins among their ranks and led by the irascible manager Leo Durocher—raced to an early division lead and a seemingly certain pennant, only to unravel spectacularly at the season’s end.
 
A time capsule in which baseball lore jockeys with history, Doug Feldmann’s book draws readers into the lives of these legendary Cubs players and their fierce bond with the city of Chicago. During this magical summer of baseball peaks and valleys, life goes on: Durocher “disappears” for a few days before his wedding; players leave the team midseason for National Guard duty; play is interrupted to announce man’s landing on the moon. It is against this backdrop that Miracle Collapse captures a baseball season for all time.

Author Bio

Doug Feldmann, who grew up in the Chicago area, is an associate professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and is the author of eight books. He is also a part-time scout for the Cincinnati Reds.
 
Don Kessinger was the Gold Glove–winning shortstop for the Cubs from 1964 to 1975.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. The Lip, the Windy City, and a Society on the Move
2. Building a Contender
3. "Sociable Scottsdale"
4. Opening Day
5. Shades of Scoreless '68--Chicago Style
6. Cub Power
7. Reaching New Heights
8. No Time to Rest
9. Collapse
Epilogue
Appendixes
Bibliography
Index

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