Book: I Bleed Cubbie Blue - My Six Decades as a Cubs Fan by Doug Erlandsoncategories: Book, Chicago Cubs, Memoir, Sports, American Pasttime, Cubbie Blue, Baseball Memories, Sports Fans, Chicago Northside, Baseball
Doug Erlandsonabout this book: This book is a memoir of my nearly six decades as a Cubs fan. But it is more than just about my personal memories. It is also an account of the year-to-year travails of a team that hasn't made it to the World Series since 1945 and has had far more losing than winning seasons during that time. It includes a significant number of interesting, sometimes funny, occasionally bizarre anecdotes of the team that has toiled on Chicago's North Side for so many years, as well as providing some behind-the-scene glances into the operation of the front office.
Cubs fans both young and old and anyone who really loves baseball will enjoy this book.
The title reflects my deep and abiding love for the Cubs similar to Tommy Lasorda who famously said that he bled Dodger blue.
This was definitely a family affair. My wife encouraged me to write the book and she read it before publication. My son designed the cover. I wanted something with the Cubs' colors on it and something that would immediately identify it with baseball, hence the baseball on the cover. At the same time I wanted to keep it simple so that there would be no distractions and the title would jump out at the potential reader.
The hardest part of writing this book was making sure that all my memories were factual. I spent a lot of time checking their veracity. I did a lot of research.
I checked the Baseball Encyclopedia for statistics, books on the Cubs for background material, many online sources for statistics, box scores of games mentioned in the book, as well as the dates and players involved in various trades.
I learned a lot while writing this book. In addition to finding more than I'll ever remember about the performance of a host of players, learning the details of trades that I had forgotten were ever made, and discovering behind-the-scene happenings of which I was previously unaware, I discovered both how much I had remembered accurately and how much I had misremembered. It is my hope that I have caught all the errors through research that would have crept into the book had I relied on my memory alone. I hope the readers will have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.
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