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Baseball Fan & Facebook Friend Dennis Anderson’s email submission to Baseballisms.com reprinted with permission. We Love, Love, Love generational baseball stories here at Baseballisms.  It tingles the spine to reflect upon Dennis’ grandmother sitting in the bleachers of Wrigley field …. We are honored that he chose to share his recollection of Gram with the Baseballisms community.

Chicago Cubs Vintage PennantAs Chicago Cubs fans go, they didn’t come more die-hard than my grandmother, Rose Kornfeind.

Gram was born in 1917, nine years after the Cubs won their last championship. She died 86 years later.

But in all those years, she’s never gave up hope that the Cubs would win the World Series. “My Cubbies are having a rough time,” was the closest she’s ever come to criticizing her team.

Gram was the second daughter of five children born to Austrian immigrants. The family settled in Wrigley Field’s shadow on Chicago’s North Side. People in her neighborhood embraced the Cubs, who, when Gram was in her impressionable teen years, were winners, but never champions.

It’s hard not to like the Cubs, whose fans can be found nationwide. The team always seems to have an approachable star or two — Gabby Hartnett, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Mark Grace, for example — who produce late-inning heroics. Like the cute kid with the dirty nose, you can’t help but hug them, especially when they lose.

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Waiting for the Cubs | Floyd Sullivan | Baseballisms.comAvid #Cubs fan Floyd Sullivan introduces us to his entire multi-generational family of “Cubbed-Up” baseball fans, in his book Waiting for the Cubs: The 2008 Season, the Hundred-Year Slump and One Fan’s Lifelong Vigil.  The book was released in 2010 by McFarland & Company.

This chronicle of the 2008 season coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the last Cub’s World Series win, and Floyd intersperses key elements of the 1908 season among his personal accounts.  He also puts to use an entire lifetime of Cubs fandom, to instill the proper sentiment in the book, which allows the reader to truly feel the ebb and flow of the baseball season.

Written in a relaxed, first person narrative, we feel as if we are along in the backseat of his Honda Accord, logging the miles to Cubs games from Miami to Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, and to legendary Wrigley Field.  As Floyd states, this is a personal account of a true fan who has no special privileges or insider access.  It is the story of a fan (and his family) who purely love the game of baseball.

For those who may not remember, the Cubs 2008 campaign was rather successful, leading the National League in Wins, major offensive statistics such as Runs, OPS, Total Bases, as well as pitching statistics Strikeouts and Opponents Batting Average.  Lou Piniella’s team would notch 97 wins, the most since 1945.

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