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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Jeremy Deckard writes book on being a Kan.-based Cubs fan

  • What could draw a baseball-loving Kansas boy to the Chicago Cubs?



    For Jeremy Deckard, sports correspondent and baseball blogger for the Topeka Capital-Journal, it was legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray.

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  • What could draw a baseball-loving Kansas boy to the Chicago Cubs?
    For Jeremy Deckard, sports correspondent and baseball blogger for the Topeka Capital-Journal, it was legendary baseball announcer Harry Caray.
    “I really liked Harry Caray and the ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field in Chicago,” Deckard said in a telephone interview. “You could watch the Cubs on WGN or the Atlanta Braves on WTBS, and I watched the Cubs.”
    He started watching in 1986 at the age of 8.
    Now he’s a bit older and has written his first book, “Capital City Cubbie: Tales and Travels of a Kansas Cubs Fan,” recently released by Hammerville Publications, Topeka.
    He will be in Pittsburg Nov. 7 to promote the book, with signings from 8 to 10 a.m. at the University Book Store and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mall Deli. Then Deckard will drive to Parsons for a signing from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Parsons Public Library.
    “Two dollars from every book sold will go to the Kansas chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation,” Deckard said.
    He graduated from  PSU in 1999 with a degree in education. While attending PSU he was a sports writer for the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
    “I was at the Morning Sun from the fall of 1995 to the early spring of 1999, when I had student teaching,” Deckard said.
    He taught and coached for five years, then worked for the state government for seven or eight years.
    “In 2011 I started at the Capital-Journal and it was nice to get back into writing,” Deckard said. “When I got back into it, I realized how much I enjoy writing.”
    “Capital City Cubbie” is a non-fiction memoir that follows the 2012 Chicago Cubs season and also tells the history of the Cubs from 1986 to 2012 as seen through Deckard’s eyes.
    He has no illusions about the Cubs.
    “The teams were always bad, but they had good players to watch,” Deckard said. “Look at Andre Dawson, who got the National League MVP (Most Valuable Player) in 1987. He was the first MVP on a last-place team.”
    This year he traveled to Mesa, Ariz., St. Louis, Chicago and Pittsburgh, Pa., to watch the Cubs play, and the book contains stories from his travels.
    Deckard is especially pleased that two of his former students were involved in the production of his book.
    “The book cover and illustrations were done by Chris Marshall, and Max Vosburgh was also involved with the book,” he said. “I had both of them in my eighth grade history class at Washburn Rural Middle School.”
    Deckard enjoyed teaching and still substitutes at several Topeka area school districts.
    He’s now working on his second book.
    Page 2 of 2 - “This one is historical fiction with baseball at the center of it,” Deckard said. “Baseball is a strong passion of mine. It’s my favorite thing to cover and I really enjoy watching it.”
    Anyone needing additional information on “Capital City Cubbie” may go  to jdeckard04@yahoo.com or visit the Hammerville Publications web site at hammerpub89.com.

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