Blagojevich, who talked to interviewer Josh Noel after being impeached but before he was convicted on corruption charges, talks of using his power as governor to gain audience with then-Cubs General Manager Jim Hendry.
Wickers shares the story of how he grew up on the South Side going to Cubs games and rose to local fame because of his loud and memorable cheering, which earned him the second nickname “Leather Lungs” from legendary Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray.
It’s hard to decide what’s more ridiculous — a fan using celebrity to gain influence with the Cubs, or a Cubs fan becoming a celebrity simply for being a fan. But those two interviews alone capture the heart of Wrigley better than the whole narrative history.
What makes Wrigley Field special is not just that it’s a 100-year-old ballpark with ivy on the walls. Wrigley Field is special because of the hold the park and its team seem to take on the hearts of fans and players. And those are the stories that make Berkow’s book worth reading.
— Hayley Riggs