The Forgotten 1970 Chicago Cubs: Go and Glow

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Chicago Cubs fans always will remember the beloved 1969 team. Yet the 1970 Cubs are, in many ways, more interesting. The Cubs added fascinating characters like Joe Pepitone and Milt Pappas to the legendary nucleus of Billy Williams, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks. The team came closer than in any year between 1945 and 1984—finishing only five games out of first place in one of baseball’s hottest pennant races. Offering a fast-paced look at the season month by month, William S. Bike moves beyond wins, losses and statistics to relive Ernie Banks’s 500th home run, the addition of “the basket” to the outfield walls and other iconic moments from a landmark year at Wrigley Field.
ISBN: 9781467149082
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Illinois
Series: Sports
Images: 50
Pages: 144
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
William S. Bike wrote the books Streets of the Near West Side, Winning Political Campaigns and Celebrating a Proud Past and edited the book Essays on Earl Renfroe: A Man of Firsts. Associate editor of the newspaper Gazette Chicago, he also works as a freelance writer. Formerly, he worked in communications for Loyola University Chicago, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry. Bike has earned more than fifty awards in journalism, publications, media relations and alumni relations, including three Peter Lisagor Awards, the top honor in Chicago journalism. He and his wife, Anne Nordhaus-Bike, live in Chicago. He attended his first Chicago Cubs game on August 29, 1967, when his mother and another mom brought the kids to the game on Ladies’ Day. For more information, log on to or e-mail
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