Bosco, Joseph The Boys Who Would Be Cubs: A Year in the Heart of Baseball's Minor Leagues
New York William Morrow and Company (c.1990) 0-688-08261-0 / 9780688082611 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dj Illustrated by (dj) Larry McEntire
[small gift inscription (non-authorial) on ffep, otherwise a nice clean copy, minimal wear, very faint foxing on page edges; jacket shows a bit of surface wear, light staining along edges of rear flap]. (B&W photographs) "In January 1988, twenty years after that dream should have died, [the author] found himself in pro ball. A quirk of random destiny had sent him off to join the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League during the rubber-chicken circuit days of promoting the summer game -- to be played by kids almost no one's ever heard of -- in the dead of a Midwest winter. Then came spring training in Mesa, Arizona; then every game, every workout, every midnight postmortem through a long, grinding minor league schedule of interminable prairie bus trips, rain outs, snow outs, and the obligatory A-League promotional gimmickry huckstered up by enterprising owners for the amusements of a Midwest summer's eve. [This book] has it all: the humor; the flat-out all-American nostalgia; the fun; the heartbreak; the spectacle of our national pastime as we somehow never see it in the majors. [The author] is a writer to watch, a passionate observer who infuses every page of his first book with love, lyricism, insight, and the deep passion of a true 'baseball man.'"