Monday, April 14, 2008

A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request.

The immortal Steve Goodman.

This was Steve's last public performance. He was dying of the leukemia which he had battled on and off since his early 20's. Less than two weeks after he died at age 36, the Cubs won their first playoff game since 1945. Ultimately they lost the series (curse you Steve Garvey). Rest in Peace Steve.

Update: As Clay Eals points out in the comments, this not Steve's last performance. In any case, the song is more than a little melancholy given Goodman's impending death.


Clay Eals said...

Good to see your posted video of "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in my 800-page biography, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." This wasn't quite Goodman's last public performance, but coming in early October 1983, it was 10-1/2 months before his death. The book delves deeply into the genesis of "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" and its semi-sequel, "Go, Cubs, Go."

You can find out more at my Internet site (below). Amazingly, the book's first printing sold out in just eight months, all 5,000 copies, and a second printing of 5,000 is available now. The second printing includes hundreds of little updates and additions, including 30 more photos for a total of 575. To order a second-printing copy, see the "online store" page of my site. Just trying to spread word about the book. Feel free to do the same!

Clay Eals
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Mike Stajduhar said...

Thanks for the correction. Not sure where I got that idea-I need to keep better notes.

Congratulations on the success of the book. Steve was an amazing talent. Growing up in Chicago, I've always had a soft spot for Steve. He was very special.

All the best,
Mike Stajduhar