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The Cubs' Last Game (Published on the Baseball Almanac web site)
by Bill Kirk

Sunday, January 20, 2008
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This story written in rhyme is looking for a home as a picture book. Illustration opportunities and action abound. It's the last game of the baseball season. The Cubs are facing the Giants in what will be a duel to the exciting finish in the 9th inning. Keep reading to learn what happens during The Cubs' Last Game, initially published by Boys' Quest Magazine in 2004 and now permanently placed on the Baseball Almanac web site in the Casey Collection under Poetry and Song.

If you've ever played, watched or coached Little League Baseball, you won't want to miss The Cubs' Last Game. Feel the tension on the field and the dust in the air as both teams struggle through nine long innings, trying to score the winning run. Do the Cubs' have what it takes or will the Giants be victorious? Excerpt from "The Cubs’ Last Game!" By Bill Kirk (Published in Boys’ Quest magazine in September 2004 and by the Baseball Almanac in 2007) "Gather 'round, boys," we heard the Coach call! "Practice is over! It's time to play ball!" We stood in a circle; our hands were outstretched And on our game faces, resolve--firmly etched. The Coach called our names, going right down the list, So we'd know our positions; so no one was missed. Then Coach led our Cubs in a rousing good cheer, To muster our courage and cast away fear. We took to the field, all eyes on the mound. For just a brief moment there wasn’t a sound. At home plate the umpire yelled out through his hands, “Play Ball!” broke the silence for players and fans. Up first were The Giants; we’d heard they could hit. But what mattered most was if they could spit. For spittin’ is part of every boy’s game, And doing it well was a sign of great fame. To see the complete text, go to the Baseball Almanac site:      


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