It has been called the last great American sports story, a quest that has spanned more than a century and captivated millions of fans. In 2016, the Chicago Cubs were at last baseball's champions, breaking the Curse of the Billy Goat and shedding the label of "lovable losers" once and for all. Led by manager Joe Maddon and built around rising stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, the Cubs brought the Fall Classic back to the ivy-covered confines of Wrigley Field for the first time since 1945 and won the franchise's first championship since 1908 in unforgettable fashion. Re-live the Cubs' magical postseason run with Won for the Ages. This photo-packed collection of memories, stories and player profiles produced by the staff of the Chicago Tribune is the perfect look back at the sweet '16 season.
The Chicago Bulls, one of the NBA's most storied and valuable franchises, have been building their highly decorated legacy for five decades now. To this day, the Bulls are one of the most popular teams the world over. Travelers abroad will find that the team's reputation precedes them: Chicagoans who were once greeted by sneers about Al Capone now hear cheers for Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Six championships, the league's best-ever single-season record, and perhaps the greatest player of all time will do that, and Bulls fans wouldn't have it any other way. Published to commemorate the team's 50th anniversary, The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bulls is a decade-by-decade look at the pride of Chicago's West Side. This beautiful coffee-table volume documents every era in the team's history through original reporting, in-depth analysis, interviews, archival photos, comprehensive timelines, rankings of top players by position, and other features. Profiles on key coaches, Hall of Famers, and MVPs provide an entertaining, blow-by-blow look at the team's greatest successes and most dramatic moments. From the beginning, the Bulls have set records. They are still the only NBA expansion team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season, which they did in 1966–67 with the best record ever for a first-year team. Led by Chicago legend Johnny "Red" Kerr, these athletes set the foundation for the team's winning culture. The 70s saw the Bulls trot out a host of talented and hard-nosed players, such as Bob Love, Chet Walker, Norm Van Lier, Jerry Sloan, and Artis Gilmore, winning popularity among the city's blue-collared fans. The Bulls soared to new heights after drafting Michael Jordan third overall in the 1984 draft. Once joined by fellow Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson, Jordan and the Bulls overcame their arch-nemesis in the "Bad Boy" Detroit Pistons and won two sets of three consecutive championships in the 90s. The new millennium saw repeated attempts to reignite the magic of the Jordan-era Bulls, but soon a new identity emerged of tough, hardworking team players reminiscent of the Bulls' earlier years. Since the start of their fifth decade, the Bulls have consistently been one of the top teams in the league and are hungry to hang another championship banner from the rafters of 1901 West Madison Street. A first-of-its-kind collectors item, The Chicago Tribune Book of the Chicago Bulls is a gorgeous and comprehensive tour through basketball history produced by the award-winning Chicago Tribune journalists who have been documenting their home team since the beginning.
Author: Major League Baseball
Release Date: 2016-11-08
Genre: Sports & Recreation
Celebrate the 2016 World Series champions with the only official publication licensed by Major League Baseball! When the Cubs clinched the final out of the 2016 World Series, the city collectively exhaled; the wait was finally over. Chicago's National League franchise ended its 108-year title drought this season, winning a Major League-best 103 games and leading the NL Central wire to wire. All five of the Cubs' starting pitchers posted double-digits in wins, while Kyle Hendricks led the Majors in ERA and WHIP with Jon Lester not far behind. And a young core bolstered by Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Javier Baez and countless other stars who had led the club to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons brought the world title to Wrigleyville for the first time since 1908, ushering in a new era of prosperity. 2016 World Series Champions takes fans out to the ball game and right down to the field-level action. Published in partnership with MLB and researched and written by their own in-house team of committed and knowledgeable baseball experts, this commemorative keepsake offers fans not only a detailed game-by-game recap of the World Series Champion's run through the annual Fall Classic, but also a history of the World Series. With more than 200 incredible photographs, descriptive game analysis, profiles of every member of the team, statistics and box scores, this official MLB publication celebrates the most memorable and magical highlights from the entire 2016 MLB season. It's all here -- the biggest hits, the unbelievable throws, the most talked-about trades, great plays, amazing comebacks, and a season of unforgettable moments.
Author: David Ross
Publisher: Hachette Books
Release Date: 2017-05-09
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER USA TODAY BESTSELLER Packed with "compelling inside stories" (Chicago Tribune), Teammate is the inspiring memoir from "Grandpa Rossy," the veteran catcher who became the heart and soul of the 2016 Chicago Cubs championship team. In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Of the many storylines to Chicago's fairytale season, one stood out: the late-career renaissance of David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher who had played back-up for 13 of his 15 pro seasons. Beyond Ross's remarkably strong play, he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room, mentoring and motivating his fellow players, some of them nearly twenty years his junior. Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, "Grandpa Rossy" became a social media sensation. No one, however, could have predicted that Ross's home run in his final career at bat would help seal the Cubs championship. Now, in Teammate, Ross shares the inspiring story of his life in baseball, framed by the events of that unforgettable November night.
Author: David Ross
Publisher: Amber Books Ltd
Release Date: 2015-12-21
For more than 400 years, the big-gun warship stood as the supreme naval war machine. It was not only a major instrument of warfare, but a visible emblem of a nation’s power, wealth and pride. So powerful was the link between the battleship and national feeling that even into the nuclear era, some, like France’s Richelieu, were held in naval reserve. The World’s Greatest Battleships features 52 of the greatest warships to have sailed and fought in the last 500 years. Beginning with English king Henry VIII’s flagship, Henry Grace à Dieu, the book covers all the main periods of battleship development, including the great sail ships, such as Sovereign of the Seas, Santissima Trinidad and HMS Victory. The advent of steam-driven warships provide the core of the book, beginning with the introduction of Gloire in 1859, and continuing through all the major pre-Dreadnoughts, such as Inflexible, Mikasa, Maine and Tsessarevitch. The author continues with detailed coverage of the great battleships of the two world wars, including Derfflinger, Nagato, Hood, Scharnhorst, Vittorio Veneto, Yamato and Iowa. The book closes with the last new battleship to be commissioned, Vanguard, in 1946. Included are some of the world’s greatest and most powerful capital ships. Many had eventful careers and participated in famous actions – such as the Prince of Wales’ and Hood’s pursuit of the German raider Bismarck; others, such as the Tirpitz, are remembered as a lurking threat; yet others, such as the USS Maine, are only remembered for being sunk in mysterious circumstances. Each entry includes a brief description of the battleship’s development and history, a profile view, key features and specifications. Packed with more than 200 artworks and photographs, The World’s Greatest Battleships is a colourful guide for the military historian and naval warfare enthusiast.
Curse broken. For the first time since 1908, the Chicago Cubs are champions of the baseball world! Following a dominant regular season and a thrilling playoff performance, the Cubs captured their long-anticipated World Series title in dramatic fashion and fulfilled the dreams of generations of Cubs faithful. From Kris Bryant's MVP-caliber heroics to the team's dramatic comeback in Cleveland, Fly the W: The Chicago Cubs' Historic 2016 Championship Season is packed with vivid, insightful stories from the Daily Herald as well as dynamic photographs of the Cubs' entire star-studded roster. Relive each key moment of this brilliant year with nearly 100 full-color images printed on museum-quality paper, including exclusive photography from the Cubs' championship celebration. Also featuring in-depth profiles of Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, and other favorites, this commemorative coffee table book takes fans on an unforgettable journey and is an essential keepsake for all Cubs aficionados.
-With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst Tom Verducci reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team that broke the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions---
On November 2, 2016, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians, 8-7, in the seventh game of the World Series, ending the longest drought in team sports history in the United States. It was in 1908 - 108 years earlier - that the Cubs last won a championship. Immediately, millions of people around the United States stood up and cheered, screamed, hugged whoever was near them, and generally lost themselves in sheer joy. The next day, many of them visited the gravesites of departed relatives and friends, just to let them know that the 108 year drought was over. One middle-aged man drove from North Carolina to his father's grave in Indiana just so he could listen to the game with his dad, a huge Cub fan who passed away in 1980. On Friday, November 4, the City of Chicago observed the Cubs' world series championship with a celebration in downtown Chicago. The Chicago police estimated the crowd to be about five million people, which would make it the seventh largest gathering of humanity in recorded history. Clearly, this was more than just another World Series win, it was an historic victory for the underdog and for Cub fans throughout the Chicago area, State of Illinois, United States, and perhaps the world. This book will examine the 2016 season in its entirety, what preceded this event, and the factors that led to this victory after 108 years of misery.
History remembers Arnold Rothstein as the man who fixed the 1919 World Series, an underworld genius. The real-life model for The Great Gatsby's Meyer Wolfsheim and Nathan Detroit from Guys and Dolls, Rothstein was much more—and less—than a fixer of baseball games. He was everything that made 1920s Manhattan roar. Featuring Jazz Age Broadway with its thugs, speakeasies, showgirls, political movers and shakers, and stars of the Golden Age of Sports, this is a biography of the man who dominated an age. Arnold Rothstein was a loan shark, pool shark, bookmaker, thief, fence of stolen property, political fixer, Wall Street swindler, labor racketeer, rumrunner, and mastermind of the modern drug trade. Among his monikers were "The Big Bankroll," "The Brain," and "The Man Uptown." This vivid account of Rothstein's life is also the story of con artists, crooked cops, politicians, gang lords, newsmen, speakeasy owners, gamblers and the like. Finally unraveling the mystery of Rothstein's November 1928 murder in a Times Square hotel room, David Pietrusza has cemented The Big Bankroll's place among the most influential and fascinating legendary American criminals. 16 pages of black-and-white photographs are featured.
Author: Sam Pathy
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2016-07-19
Genre: Sports & Recreation
More than just a lavishly illustrated and highly readable book, Wrigley Field Year by Year, originally published in 2014, is the result of a quarter century of meticulous research. Written by a baseball historian and recognized authority on the “Friendly Confines,” this is the first book to detail each year of the storied park’s existence. The book covers not only the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Federal League baseball teams in detail, it touches on the Chicago Bears football team, basketball, hockey, high school sports, track and field, and political rallies. It references activities and changes throughout the park and in its neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. In addition to pertinent Cubs statistics, the author’s year-by-year coverage includes: A “game of the year” A description of unusual and interesting happenings in the ballpark A quote from the year that best captures its essence Supplementing the year-by-year approach are nine chapters that divide Wrigley Field’s rich history into nine “innings” along with informative appendixes that will delight every Cubs fan, from the casual to the obsessed. The book’s easy-to-use format and wealth of information make it a resource that readers will turn to again and again. Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports—books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team. Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Author: David Ross
Release Date: 2013
The first capital ships were intended as flagships - conspicuous in their size, flying the banner of an admiral, and acting as a lead vessel to a fleet of smaller craft. But by the end of the 16th century, their value as fighting machines encouraged the maritime countries of Europe to build more big warships. What followed was three centuries of big-gun sailing warships, before steam power took over. The Golden Age of Sail selects the best of these vessels, from Henry Grace a Dieu, launched in 1514, through to the 19th century ironclad steam-and-sail ships, such as HMS Alexandra and Konig Wilhelm. The book devotes a spread to each featured vessel, with expert text putting each ship into its historical, military and naval context. Throughout specifications are provided for each ship, with feature boxes outlining development and annotations pointing out particular details. Unique graphics allow the reader to compare specific features. Featuring spectacular color profile artworks, The Golden Age of Sail is a superb celebration of 100 ships from 400 years of nautical history.
On October 12, 2011, Theo Epstein became the new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, flipping a switch on the lovable-loser franchise and initiating a plan to accomplish in Chicago what he'd succeeded in as general manager of the Boston Red Sox: ending a World Series drought. It would require a complete team tear-down and turnover, a new farm system foundation of young talent which Epstein and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer gradually added to with gutsy trades and timely signings. After years of rebuilding, Epstein's crystalline vision has been unquestionably realized in the form of one of the most exciting and talented teams in baseball, led by heavyweights like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant as well as visionaries like manager Joe Maddon. In The Plan, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago and ESPN Radio goes behind the scenes with the Cubs and their front office, walking the steps of their captivating rise to becoming 2016 World Series champions. Featuring exclusive interviews with Epstein, owner Tom Ricketts, and other team insiders, this is the definitive account of a new era on the North Side.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott took the league and the Big D by storm in a way not seen since the glory days of America’s Team with Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin. The superstar teammates and fast friends took different paths to stardom — Zeke as a highly-touted running back out of Ohio State and Dak, an overlooked 4th round pick out of Mississippi State — but they had equally impressive and memorable rookie campaigns.The Boys Are Back: Dak, Zeke, and a New Cowboys Era in Big D is the ultimate celebration of the Cowboys’ unforgettable 2016 season and details the incredible rise to prominence for Prescott and Elliott. Including dozens of full-color photographs, fans are provided a glimpse into the best and brightest Cowboys of present and future — Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Zack Martin, Byron Jones, Travis Frederick, and more. It will also feature an in-depth look at the key veterans who helped spark the breakthrough season, including Jason Witten, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith, and the minds behind it all — Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett. This keepsake is sure to inspire and entertain Cowboys fans everywhere and get them ready for the 2017 season and what promises to be years of winning big in Big D.