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Wrigley Field : a celebration of the friendly confines
Green, Stephen, 1952-
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Publication Information:
Chicago : Contemporary Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxii, 232 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 x 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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GV416.I32 C454 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Created in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, a unique tribute to baseball's most beloved landmark Wrigley Field brings to life and pays tribute to one of baseball's greatest ballparks. The story of this revered park, from its opening in 1914 through today, this revered park's story is gloriously depicted in picture and in word. This up-close-and personal record, proves why Wrigley is sacred ground to millions, from its manually operated scoreboard and the climbing green ivy of its outfield walls, to the raucous bleacher bums and bright days bathed in sunlight, massaged by Lake Michigan's soothing breezes. It is a refuge, it is a haven, it is an escape­­from the workweek or from homework. Produced with the full cooperation of the Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field pays fitting tribute to the ballpark's extraordinary nine decades­its history and unique features, its vitality, its people, and its greatest moments­­through intimate, enthralling perspectives from the team's official photographer, Stephen Green, as well asteam and private archives. Wrigley Field is the most stunningly visual and complete book ever on this beloved park that is like no other.

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Booklist Review

Chicago's Wrigley Field may be the most recognizable sports facility this side of the Roman Coliseum. Jacob, an assistant news editor at the Chicago Tribune, and Green, the Chicago Cubs official photographer since 1981, present a portrait of Wrigley Field that is more representative of the Windy City than anything or anyone since Al Capone--never mind that the team that plays there has been the national poster child for sports futility. A history of the park is presented along with an anecdotal history of the team from the glory days of its inception to the addition of lights in 1988 and beyond. The focus is on the great players and the ever-faithful fans who continue to endure the sometimes abysmal on-field performances in order to enjoy the stadium. Dozens of photos--two-tone and color--highlight the text, and Green's propensity for the new angle and the unusual perspective will give readers fresh views of the grand ol' gal. A very lighthearted, pleasing book that will delight baseball fans in any city. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

With its famous ivy-covered outfield walls and old-fashioned, hand-operated scoreboard, Wrigley Field is regarded as a jewel of a ballpark by baseball fans across the nation. That this ballpark, which opened for business in 1914, is situated in the midst of a Chicago neighborhood gives it added ambience and charm. The Cubs may be perennial losers, but Wrigley Field itself has always been a winner. As Cubs legend Ernie Banks states in the book, "I won every time I stepped onto the grass at Wrigley Field." Most Cubs fans will find this book of photographs by Green, the official Cubs photographer since 1981, a beautiful depiction of Wrigley. The anecdotal text by Chicago Tribune assistant news editor Jacob covers all the colorful characters that have inhabited Wrigley, from players to ushers to everyday fans. This book will fly off the shelves at most Chicago-area libraries and is a good bet for large sports collections elsewhere.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.