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Baseball season is just around the corner, and once the Cubs start playing I am ready to get into summer mode. Sure, we might still be wavering between winter and spring right now, but call me an optimist. Baseball means sunny days, enjoying a beer and a hot dog in the Friendly Confines. I'm sure I'm not alone in looking forward to those days. 

Gear up for what will hopefully be another victorious year with our program on Tuesday, March 27, “The Cubs as Champions: Then and Now”. Register here or call 847-428-3661 for assistance. To help you get into baseball mode before joining us for the program, here are some suggestions to check out.

 
 

Chicago Cubs Books and DVDs

My Cubs: A Love Story by Scott Simon

NPR host Simon reflects on his long history of loving the Cubs, through the heartache up to the joy of a championship. 

The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse by Rich Cohen

Songs of Innocence

Mixing memoir, history, and reporting, this book covers "the curse" in its entirety and includes interviews with some of the people who helped the team finally break it. 

 

The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci 

Fox Sports analyst Verducci explores how the winning team was built over the years, starting with Theo Epstein's first year with the Cubs. 

 

World Series: The Complete Game 7

The Waste Land

Relive all the nailbiting excitement by watching the complete Game 7, the game that made Cubs history. 

 

2016 World Series: Cubs vs. Indians

Ariel

Cubs superfan Vince Vaughn narrates this film featuring highlights throughout the World Series, interviews, and parade footage.  


Baseball Movies

Rookie of the Year

Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara

A 12 year old with a 100 mph fastball ends up pitching for the Cubs in this 90s kids' classic. Star Thomas Ian Nicholas has even thrown out the first pitch at Wrigleya few times, last in the 2015 postseason.

A League of Their Own 

Transformations

The fictionalized version of the real women of the Rockford Peaches, an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League team. This film is so influential, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in 2012 due to its cultural and historical significance. 

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

The Poems of Dylan Thomas

Another movie based on a true story, this time dealing with the racial integration of the MLB. Jackie Robinson changed the game as we know it, paving the way for many of the sport's greatest talents. A pre- Black Panther Chadwick Boseman portrays Robinson.  

The Natural 

Complete Poems of Hart Crane

Check out the movie adaptation or the original book by Barnard Malamud. Robert Redford's Roy Hobbs is a natural baseball talent, and this story spans decades of his career highs and lows. 

Bull Durham 

Flowers of Evil

Voted the #1 sports movie of all time by Sports Illustrated, Bull Durham has an all-star cast, including Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon as minor league players and a "baseball groupie" who has the men competing for her.