Books/SABR articles

Pat Deluhery looks back at his political career and the “golden age of Democratic Party activism” with giants such as Harold Hughes, Bobby Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. His academic experiences at the University of Notre Dame and London School of Economics come to life in this overview of the Irish Catholic experience and Iowa in the 20th century. The book is available on, and An e-book version is available now, too.
Some of my best columns in thirty years of newspaper reporting and editing are included in “What a Ride.” My first book covers family, personalities, politics and sports. Personalities include opera singer and native Iowan Simon Estes, Fred Rogers and baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. For a copy, contact me at or call 319-520-6228.
Despite having a lifetime .236 batting average, Randy Hundley is one of the most beloved Chicago Cubs of all time. For more go to the SABR website at
Although he was overshadowed by four future Hall of Famers on the same team, shortstop Don Kessinger played an integral role on the pennant-contending Chicago Cub squads of the late 1960s and early 1970s. For more go to the SABR website at
George Henry “Joe” Decker Jr. compiled a 36-44 record over nine seasons as a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. For more go to the SABR website at
When he was growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Kevin Tapani didn’t expect to be playing major league baseball someday. For more see the SABR website at
Ernie Banks became the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs in September 1953. For more go to the SABR website at
Ernie Banks holds his 500th home run ball in front of the left field bleachers at Wrigley Field. Banks became only the ninth player in major league history when he hit his historic blast in May 1971. For more go to the SABR website at
Located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in Des Moines, Iowa, Principal Park and its two predecessors have hosted professional baseball since Friday, June 20, 1947. For more see
Hall of Famer Billy Williams broke up an epic pitchers’ duel between two other Hall of Famers, Ferguson Jenkins and Bob Gibson, on Opening Day in 1971 to lift the Chicago Cubs to a dramatic extra-inning victory over their arch rivals from St. Louis. For more, go to the SABR website at
Chicago Cub rookie Kerry Wood had an auspicious start in 1998 when he struck out 20 Houston Astros in only his fifth major league appearance. Despite spending 14 times on the disabled list, the Texas native finished his 14-year MLB career as one of the more popular players in Cubs history. For more, go to the SABR website at
After a sensational rookie season in 1918, Cubs shortstop Charlie Hollocher was compared to Honus Wagner and Rogers Hornsby. By 1925, however, he was out of major league baseball due to mysterious health reasons. Fifteen years later, he was found dead near his hometown, an apparent suicide victim. To read his complete bio, go to

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