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The boys who would be Cubs : a year in the heart of baseball's minor leagues
Bosco, Joseph.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : W. Morrow, [1990]

Physical Description:
351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
Ill. on lining papers.
Format :


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GV875.P43 B67 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

For every major league baseball player drawing a million per year there are a dozen young men dreaming the dream on six-dollars-a-day meal money in towns called Appleton, Burlington, Pawtucket, and Peoria. Bosco, who began this insider's glimpse into minor league ball as background work for a novel, spent the 1988 season with the Peoria Chiefs, a farm team for the Chicago Cubs. The most memorable player he encountered in the Class A drama was manager Jim Tracy, a former major league player who's equal parts counselor, teacher, motivator, and standup comic. Tracy's wry wisdom, humanity, and ability to assess both ballplayers and human beings keep the disparate young men he manages focused on their careers and reasonably happy in a life-style that encourages ennui. Baseball fans will relish the grass-roots machinations of a major league organization, and non-fans will enjoy the humorous examination of a minute subphyla: the ballplayus bushleagus. A wonderful baseball book, filled with exhilaration and despair. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

In 1988 the Chicago Cubs had seven minor league teams; about halfway down in the hierarchy were the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League. Freelance writer Bosco, who spent that season with the Chiefs, here presents a lineup of the lower minors. We meet the players, one as young as 18 and most in their early 20s, all with the dream of playing in Wrigley Field but some without the drive to make it. There is the owner, flamboyant Pete Vonachen, who set an attendance record for the year, assaulted an umpire and sold the team at year's end. But above all there is manager Jim Tracy, who seems perfect in his job as father-confessor, psychologist, sociologist and teacher and who sheds tears of joy when his boys reach their season's goal. It's all here: playing in northern Wisconsin in April in 30 temperature and in Peoria in August when it hits 100, living on burgers and fries, suffering seemingly endless bus trips, dealing with groupies. This is an impressive slice of baseball life. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Spending the 1988 season with the Peoria Chiefs, a Chicago farm team in the Midwest League, Bosco covers their early failures and later resurgence. He captures the flavor of minor league life, with ambitious rookies and struggling veterans. He also portrays the concerned effort of manager Jim Tracy to be leader, teacher, and proxy parent to his young charges. Meanwhile, owner Peter Vonachen seeks a winning club to help win a new attendance record. Bosco adds an epilog that tells the fate of the teams's players, manager, and ownership in 1989. Comparable to Roger Kahn's Good Enough To Dream (Doubleday, 1985; NAL, 1986. pap.), this should play in most baseball collections, especially in the Midwest.-- Morey Berger, formerly with Monmouth Cty. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.