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About Before the Ivy: The Cubs' Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago

Nominee, Society for American Baseball Research’s Larry Ritter Book Award

Illinois Times

"I devoured and savored every page of Before the Ivy: The Cubs’ Golden Age in Pre-Wrigley Chicago by Laurent Pernot. This book is a baseball fan’s delight... This is a glorious book."

Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

"Pernot takes his audience back even further to the team's actual roots in the late 1860s. It is a journey worth taking for both the serious baseball historian and the casual baseball fan alike."

Journal of Sports History

"Pernot meticulously researched primary sources, including club records at the Chicago History Museum, as well as newspapers and pertinent secondary works to fashion a lively account of the team’s early successes."


"Brimming with stories from the earliest days of the sport in The Windy City."

WGN radio

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