As a baseball fanatic growing in Marquette, Kan., Jeremy Deckard probably should have become a Kansas City Royals fan. The Royals, however, didn’t have their own television network in 1986.

“You couldn’t find them on TV,” Deckard, a 1999 PSU graduate, said. “If you wanted to watch baseball, it was either the Cubs on WGN or the Braves on TBS.”

His love of all things Chicago Cubs recently led to the publishing of his first book, “Capital City Cubbie: Tales of Travels of a Kansas Cubs Fan.” Deckard, a sports correspondent and blogger for the Topeka Capital-Journal, returned to PSU on Nov. 7 to sell and sign copies of his book, which was released by Topeka-based Hammerville Publications.

“It’s a non-fiction memoir of being a Cubs fan,” Deckard said of the book. “It chronicles the 2012 season, and it has plenty of stats that will appeal to the avid baseball fan.”

A former writer for PSU’s Collegio and The Morning Sun, Deckard graduated from Pittsburg State with a degree in education. He taught and coached for five years at the Washburn Rural School District before working for a few years with state government agencies. In 2011, his love of writing led him to his position with the Capital-Journal.

“Capital City Cubbie” can be purchased at Deckard’s website,, and $2 from each sale is donated to the Kansas chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.