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From Black Sox to three-peats : a century of Chicago's best sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun-Times, and other newspapers

Author: Ron Rapoport
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013.
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Bears. Bulls. Cubs. White Sox. Blackhawks. There's no city like Chicago when it comes to sports. And Chicago sports fans have enjoyed a wealth of talent not just on the field, but in the press box as well. Rapoport assembles one hundred of the best columns and articles to tell the unforgettable story of a century of Chicago sports.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Rapoport
ISBN: 9780226036601 022603660X 9780226036571 022603657X
OCLC Number: 831150512
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 312 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Pioneers. A hot tip from the umpire / Ring Lardner ; A polecat in the hotel : major leaguers fail to drop color bar / Frank A. Young ; The game of the century / Arch Ward ; George Halas : "I always liked the tough ones" / Jack Griffin ; Ray Meyer : the name of the game is loyalty / David Condon ; Bill Veeck : a man for all seasons / Jerome Holtzman ; Double Duty Radcliffe : the one and only / Dave Hoekstra --
Legends and heroes. It's a beautiful day for Mr. Cub / David Condon ; Walter Payton : records are like dreams / Bernie Lincicome ; The compelling absence of Bobby Hull / David Israel ; A whale of a tale about Tony Zale / John Schulian ; Gale Sayers : curtain call for a legend / Ray Sons ; Nellie Fox : the mighty mite battles on / David Condon ; Da ex-coach hasn't mellowed one bit / Rick Telander ; Summer love : Harry Caray, a radio, and baseball / Skip Bayless ; Back to the bush leagues with Minnie Minoso / Tom Fitzpatrick ; Ryne Sandberg : every day was a battle / Barry Rozner ; Just one word for terror : Butkus / Don Pierson ; Andy Pafko and the Cubs : How do you explain a love affair? / Steve Daley ; What's up with Phil Cavarretta / Joe Goddard ; For Chico Carrasquel, White Sox are always there / Mike Downey ; Ron Santo : "I'm way ahead of the game" / Paul Ladewski ; Leo Durocher : the spit take and the bow / Ron Rapoport --
Only in Chicago. What is wrong with the White Sox? Kid Gleason asks / James Crusinberry ; The called shot heard round the world / Westbrook Pegler ; Ten years after Woodstock, there was Veeckstock / David Israel ; Lee Elia swings for the seats, hits fans / Robert Markus ; William Perry : fat is where it's at / Mike Imrem ; The bottom line : acupuncture puts Jim McMahon's troubles behind him / Bob Verdi ; Steve Bartman : in the middle of the maelstrom / John Kass --
Magic moments. Sox join Cubs, pennant is won : thousands of baseball fans frantic with joy over victories which bring both flags to Chicago / Hugh S. Fullerton ; Cubs supreme in baseball world : final victory over Detroit gives Chicago club greatest record in history of the game / I.E. Sanborn ; White Sox beat Giants : crepe dims happy lights of broadway --
chorus girls weep, waiters sulk, and joy is gone / James Crusinberry ; Tan tornado tears loose with a right : Joe Louis writes his name in book of champions at Sox Park / Dan Burley ; The homer in the gloamin' : "Lord God Almighty" / John P. Carmichael ; Bears shock Redskins, and everybody else, 73-0 / Warren Brown ; A tale of three Bears --
and the NFL title / John P. Carmichael ; No contest : Bears the best, win Super Bowl XX / Don Pierson ; White Sox seize the day, own the city / Jay Mariotti ; From glad to verse : for Sox fans, there's no rhyme or reason behind 2005 season / Mike Downey ; Wildcats pinch themselves --
all the way to Pasadena / Gene Wojciechowski ; Say cheesesteak : Blackhawks win Stanley Cup / David Hough. Any team can have a bad century. 1918 : the curse of the Bambino, Chicago style; Ruth triumphs over Vaughn, 1-0, in first game of World Series / Charles Dryden ; 1945 : the great, the good, and the awful / Warren Brown ; Brock for Broglio : joined at the hip / Jerome Holtzman ; Madness in Wrigley Field; enjoy it while it lasts / Brent Musburger ; 1969 : trial by torture, one day at a time / Rick Talley ; Runs later, Cubs come up one short / Dave Nightingale ; 1984 : "This will hurt for a long, long time" / Bob Verdi ; A very solid book / Mike Royko ; 1989 : The boys of Zimmer leave their hearts in San Francisco / Philip Hersh ; 2003 : One more desolate night at Wrigley Field / Rick Morrissey --
Michael. "The shot" is too good not to be true / Terry Boers ; When Jordan cried behind closed doors / Bob Greene ; Champions : Bulls stampede to first title / Sam Smith ; Baseball, Birmingham, and dreams of his father / Melissa Isaacson ; Jordan applies a perfect touch to one last masterpiece / JayMariotti ; So long, Michael : it's been great / Bernie Lincicome --
Neighborhoods. KTown / John Schulian ; Roof bums / Ron Rapoport ; The sun sets on Cubs' illusions / Bernie Lincicome ; North versus South --
the twain shall finally meet / Dave Hoekstra ; A space invasion in Wrigleyville / Carol Slezak ; Sox fan enters lineup at Comiskey Park / Mark Brown ; "If they don't have a truce by Tuesday, Derrick Rose Day will never happen" / Rick Telander --
Sidekicks and amateurs, forgotten men and lost teams, hustlers and clowns. Scottie Pippen thrived in Jordan's shadow / Sam Smith ; Eric Nesterenko and the examined life / Bob Greene ; Lou Novikoff : "I am dead and only waiting to be buried" / Tom Fitzpatrick ; Doug Plank leaves a lasting impression / David Israel ; Blood, sweat, tears, and worse at the finish line / Carol Slezak ; Darren Pang measures up as a goalie / Terry Boers ; Doug Atkins : a study in pride and pain / Rick Telander ; The Chicago football Cardinals : fabric of a champion / Bill Gleason ; The wimp at work / Bob Greene ; There were lots of clowns, but only one Andy / Richard Roeper --
The real world. Slaying of Israelis recalls nightmare at Dachau / Robert Markus ; For troops, sports provide a strong link to home / Mike Imrem ; They teach you a special lesson / Bob Verdi ; An earthquake that brings out the best in so many / Ray Sons ; Remembering Sarajevo / Philip Hersh ; Oklahoma City : "Part of my hometown died" / Skip Bayless ; Remembering Ben Wilson : "We must rise up and seize control" / Taylor Bell ; From the depths of darkness, Theo Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy find light / Barry Rozner ; When silence is the only answer / RickMorrissey --
Battles won and lost. Look who's beating the Cubs now / Al Monroe ; "We are tired of staying in flop houses" / Wendell Smith ; Taking a stand and paying the price / Wendell Smith ; When Jackie Robinson came to Wrigley Field / Mike Royko ; High time for Bud Selig to pardon Buck Weaver / Mike Downey ; Crystals on top of an iceberg / Jeannie Morris ; From too tall to scaling the heights / Melissa Isaacson --
From the heart. God is my primary-care physician / Lacy J. Banks ; I cannot escape the compulsion to be thin --
even though I know it could kill me / Diane Simpson ; Fishing with Mother : strangled chicken for dinner / Jack Griffin ; I was a Bears baby, too / Greg Couch ; Remembering the Land of Enchantment / John Kuenster ; Wishing for dreams that can't come true / Skip Bayless ; That stinging sensation : this one's for you, Dad / Phil Arvia ; A short walk down a long corridor / Carol Slezak ; Summer's end recalls memory of a faded dream / John Schulian.
Other Titles: Century of Chicago's best sports writing
Responsibility: edited by Ron Rapoport.


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