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Wrigley Field: The Centennial: 100 Years at the Friendly Confines Hardcover – 1 Nov 2013

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (IL); Har/DVD edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788343
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788345
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,197,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Book and DVD Cover All the Bases 21 Nov 2013
By Matthew Silverman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I admit that I helped write some of the text, but I had not seen any of the photos or other contributors' work until I got the book. And what I had no idea about was the DVD about 100 years at Wrigley Field, which I pooped in and enjoyed immensely.
The DVD combines old and new footage, much of it going back to newsreel footage as well as lot about the coming of lights in 1988. I could have lived without Steve Bartman (the guy has suffered enough), but he is part of the Wrigley tale as well.
And with Wrigley about to undergo changes that no one knows how they will turn out, it makes this book and its look at 100 years all the more timely.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A triumph of a book! 20 Nov 2013
By Abby Mendelson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My son Jesse and I have seen a baseball game in every major league ballpark, a feat we completed twice, in 2002 and 2013. Achieving such double milestones, about which we have written and published in a variety of forums, requires a great deal of time together and on the road.
It gave us many hours to talk.
One of our frequent and favorite topics was how we would define America through its built landscape. What are the 10 places that are quintessentially America, that create the American character.
We discussed such landmarks as the St. Louis Arch, Golden Gate Bridge, United States Capitol.
And Wrigley Field.
Not only for their vision and vigor, their sense of pride and place, but also for their sheer joy and mastery of space, these places speak to a brawny, self-assured culture that arose and came of age almost instantly.
Taken this way, each must be considered a national treasure -- Wrigley Field included. Nestled snugly in its urban neighborhood, Wrigley's warmth and intimacy, sense of history and of place, speaks to an easy American democracy, its reverence for its green past in the bricks-and-mortar present.
Is it fair so to freight a hundred-year-old baseball park? I think so.
Further, is it fair to ask a book about a ballpark to measure up to such considerations?
Yes, I believe it is.
Finally, does Les Krantz's Wrigley Field: The Centennial measure up?
Yes, it does. Admirably so.
Richly illustrated, deeply nostalgic, Wrigley Field: The Centennial takes its readers into the park and its history, reveling in people and place, reminding us of just how important is time spent there.
Such a feat is hardly surprising, coming from veteran sportswriter Krantz. Indeed, his books on a wide variety of topics, including Yankee Stadium, simply set the mark for visual delights and crisp readability.
From Wrigley's pre-history in the Federal League to Slammin' Sammy Sosa in the steroid era, Krantz's bright, thorough book is studded with nuggets of sports lore -- high schooler Lou Gehrig literally belting one out of the park to young Bill Veeck planting the iconic outfield ivy, Babe Ruth playing here for two different World Series teams, the rough-and-tumble football days of Sammy Baugh and the brawlin', bruisin' Chicago Bears.
Sid Luckman to Alfonso Soriano, Ken Holtzman to Kerry Wood, Greg Maddux to Carlos Zambrano, Wrigley Field: The Centennial is packed with the insights and images, the place and personalities that have made so many memories on Chicago's North Side.
This is a book to be savored and not to be missed. Highest recommendation!
Abby Mendelson
Pittsburgh, PA
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Les Krantz has knocked another one out of the ballpark! 7 Dec 2013
By Gary N - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Les Krantz has written some wonderful baseball and sports books and produced great DVD's. His book about my team, the Yankees and even the Fenway book are must have for anyone that calls themselves a baseball fan. Wrigley Field is a truly historic ballpark in America, one of just 2 grand ol' ballparks still standing. The other is Fenway. As Krantz points out in this great baseball history, Babe Ruth played here, so did DiMaggio. My Yankees even scouted Lou Gehrig here at a high school tournament in 1920.

The DVD inside the book shows Gehrig as a high school student playing at Wrigley, a film clip of the Babe's "called shot" in the 1932 world series and Greg Maddux's 3,000th strike out. This alone is enough reason to get this book. It has 100s of baseball photos that span 100 years, some I've never seen. I especially enjoyed reading about all those series games the Yankees played at Wrigley in the 1930s. Once again Les Krantz has knocked it out of the ball park.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Day Late and a Dollar Short 4 April 2014
By Stretch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has several mistakes that should be obvious to a baseball fan. On page 9 the author writes that Ernie Banks was the MVP in 1948 and 1949, Banks' MVP seasons were 1958 and 1959 which the author does note on page 73.................On page 107 the author writes that the Milt Pappas no-hitter in 1972 was the last no-no thrown by a Cubs pitcher. Carlos Zambrano threw one in 2008 which the author does note on page 161.......................On page 44 the author writes that on September 2, 1935 the Cubs finished the day behind the "Whiz Kid" Cardinals and second-place Mets. The Cardinals in 1935 were referred to as the Gashouse Gang. The "Whiz Kids" were the 1950 Phillies. As for the second-place Mets, considering the Mets didn't exist until 1962 I don't think they would be in second place in 1935. Perhaps the author was referring to the second-place Giants.............There are other mistakes in the book as well. I would have thought a noted baseball historian as the author would have noticed these errors...............There were enough errors in this book to make Andre Rodgers proud..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Cubs fans and baseball history buffs will enjoy this offering. 14 Jan 2014
By thewritersjourney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Chicago Cubs’ home ballpark is turning 100 years old this year, and along with a centennial celebration numerous merchandisers will be looking to cash in with memorabilia to mark the occasion. A number of books on Wrigley Field will appear in bookstores, and some have already gone on sale; among them is Triumph Books’ Wrigley Field: The Centennial by Les Krantz, released a few months ago. This particular release comes with a bonus DVD documentary narrated by Lou Boudreau Jr. and Ron Santo Jr.

All of the major events are covered in the book, from Lou Gehrig’s high school home run to Babe Ruth’s called shot, the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Sammy Baugh’s Washington Redskins, Stan Musial’s 3000th hit, highlights of Gale Sayers exploits on the gridiron, Harry Caray in the booth, Ryne Sandberg, Greg Maddux, and of course, Steve Bartman. In addition to team highlights, several individual players are given a brief biography throughout the book, such as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Andre Dawson. Wrigley Field: The Centennial is an informative book that serves as a good primer for those just discovering the wonders of the Friendly Confines.

The accompanying DVD features something no book can: moving pictures. It’s always a pleasure to see footage of baseball greats from other eras, and there is no shortage of vintage video here. The narration is a bit dry and the dialogue sounds forced, which is disappointing coming from the sons of two legends. But if you can overlook that shortcoming (or if you have a mute button on your remote control), the DVD is a nice bonus.

There will be plenty of competition for Wrigley Field fanatics from other publishers, but Les Krantz does a good job leading off the 100-year celebration with Wrigley Field: The Centennial. Cubs fans and baseball history buffs will enjoy this offering.
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