Chicago Cubs Fans

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The end of the 2008 baseball season this fall was like most for Chicago Cubs fans -- tragically disappointing and bitterly brief. For the most diehard of Cubbies, however, there is always an offseason pondering the hopes of spring. In the months ahead, Cubs Nation can enjoy a new book on the shelves devoted to their second favorite pastime -- mulling even more over their beloved Cubbies. Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs, includes an essay written by Presbyterian College's own professor of English Dr. Terry Barr. The book's co-editor, Gerald C. Wood, called on Barr's credentials as a chronicler of Southern Jewish history and Jewish film to write about Jewish Chicago Cubs. The two met several years ago…show more content…
Louis and you may be able to get him through the St. Louis Jewish Community Center or something like that.' I start looking in St. Louis and I find no Ken Holzman there. No one knows and no one responds. Then another source said 'Oh, he lives in a suburb of Chicago.' I start doing searches on Google and I can't find anything. Some say he lives in a place called Buffalo Grove, some said Springfield, some said Skokie, even, and, so, I'm searching all over the place," Barr said. In the meantime, his research also turned up the historic difficulties Jews faced in the baseball community, including a very public rant against their presence that appeared in a journal financed by Henry Ford in 1921. "The real history of the Jewish Chicago Cubs is kind of strange and checkered but once you go through the book you start finding out that not only did Chicago have a very large Jewish community but it also had a lot of Jewish Cubs -- all the way from people like Cy Block, who appeared in the last Cubs World Series as a pinch runner, to people like Steve Stone who became a broadcaster for the Cubs," Barr said. Still, lingering at the fringe of the piece was the elusive search for Ken
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