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Click on the player below to listen to what Pat Hughes and Ron Santo said about "CUBS BY THE NUMBERS" on the Cubs Broadcast on April 17th, 2009.

What do Dizzy Dean, Catfish Metkovich, John Boccabella, Bill Buckner, Mark Prior, and Kevin Hart all have in common? They all wore number 22 for the Chicago Cubs, even though seven decades have passed between the last time Dizzy Dean buttoned up a Cubs uniform with that number and the first time reliever Kevin Hart performed the same routine.

Since the Chicago Cubs first adopted uniform numbers in 1932, the team has handed out only 77 numbers to more than 1,400 players. That's a lot of overlap. It also makes for a lot of good stories. Cubs by the Numbers tells those stories for every Cub since '32, from 1930s outfielder Ethan Allen to current ace Jake Arrieta. This book lists the players alphabetically and by number, but the biographies help trace the history of baseball's most beloved team in a new way.

For Cubs fans, anyone who ever wore the uniform is like family. Cubs by the Numbers reintroduces readers to some of their long-lost ancestors, even ones they think they already know.

Cubs by the Numbers provides insightful and humorous commentary about the more memorable players, from a fan's persective. Each chapter also features a fascinating sidebar that reveals which players were the most obscure to wear a certain number, and also which numbers produced the most wins, home runs, and stolen bases in club history. For data seekers, a "Cubs Alphabetical Roster" is a complete listing of every single Cub since 1932, the numbers they wore, and their years of service on the North Side.

Al Yellon directs newscasts at ABC-7 in Chicago. He is also the founder and editor of the popular site, and the editor of the annual magazine, Maple Street Press Cubs Annual.

Kasey Ignarski is founder and proprietor of the Web site which has a listing of every Cub who has worn a number.

Matthew Silverman is the coauthor of Mets by the Numbers and several other books on baseball.