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Chicago has a long history with baseball. Both Cubs and Sox fans have experienced amazing highs and lows over the past century. Check out these books to learn or reminisce about baseball in Chicago.

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Baseball in Chicago

Chicago in the World Series, 1903-2005: The Cubs and White Sox in Championship Play Chicago in the World Series, 1903-2005: The Cubs and White Sox in Championship Play
By Rubenstein, Bruce A.
2006-07 - McFarland & Company
9780786425754 Check our catalog

When the White Sox met the Astros in the 2005 World Series, it marked only the second time a Chicago team had appeared in a televised World Series. (The first was in 1959 when the White Sox lost to the Dodgers.) Of the other 12 Series involving the Cubs or White Sox, seven occurred before the radio broadcasting of baseball.  …More

When Chicago Ruled Baseball: The Cubs-White Sox World Series of 1906 When Chicago Ruled Baseball: The Cubs-White Sox World Series of 1906
By Weisberger, Bernard A.
2006-05 - William Morrow & Company
9780060592271 Check our catalog

Published to coincide with its centennial anniversary, here is an enthralling look at one of the most exciting moments in American sports. …More

Chicago Cubs

Baseball Chicago Style: A Tale of Two Teams, One City Baseball Chicago Style: A Tale of Two Teams, One City
By Holtzman, Jerome
2005-09 - Bonus Books
9781566252331 Check our catalog

For the first time the entire colorful saga of major league baseball in Chicago is wrapped between the covers of a single book sure to appeal to both Cubs and White Sox fans. …More

Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs
By Feldmann, Doug
Foreword by Kessinger, Don
2009-10 - University of Nebraska Press
9780803226371 Check our catalog

A look at the legendary unraveling of the 1969 Cubs against the backdrop of a milepost year in American life. …More

Essential Cubs Essential Cubs
By Myers, Doug
Author Myers Doug
1999-06 - McGraw-Hill
9780809226108 Check our catalog

This informative and entertaining review of more than 100 years of Chicago Cubs baseball is a grand slam for any Cubs fan. Myers covers the most memorable moments, greatest performances, and oddest quirks in the team's history. …More

Wrigley Field: A Celebration of the Friendly Confines Wrigley Field: A Celebration of the Friendly Confines
By Green, Stephen
9780071385633 Check our catalog

To Cubs fans, Wrigley Field is many things: a museum and a hot dog stand; a day at the beach and a night in the rain; a national monument and a neighborhood hangout; a circus and a timeless "edifice of beauty." Simply put, it is a delightful contradiction.…More

Ron Santo: A Perfect 10 Ron Santo: A Perfect 10
By Wolfe, Rich
2011-07 - Lone Wolfe Press
9780984627820 Check our catalog

 A funny, emotional and true account of the incredible career of a baseball great and fan favorite, Ron Santo. Never before told, behind the scenes stories mixed with humor and fascinating facts, plus a whopping 24 pages of great photos make this book a must read for Cubs fans.

Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs
By Muskat, Carrie
2002-02 - McGraw-Hill
9780071385565 Check our catalog

"Banks to Sandberg to Grace " brings together more than 60 first-person accounts from the past 50 years of Cubs baseball. Each of the storytellers whose voices are heard throughout shares his or her personal, revealing account of what it was like to play or work for the Cubs. Hank Sauer laughs about fans in the bleachers throwing tobacco at him. …More

Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945 Before the Curse: The Chicago Cubs' Glory Years, 1870-1945
By Roberts, Randy
2011-12 - University of Illinois Press
9780252078163 Check our catalog

 Originally called the Chicago White Stockings, the team immediately established itself as a powerhouse, winning the newly formed National Base Ball League's inaugural pennant in 1876, repeating the feat in 1880 and 1881, and commanding the league in the decades to come.

Cubs Nation: 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction. Cubs Nation: 162 Games. 162 Stories. 1 Addiction.
By Wojciechowski, Gene
2005-03 - Doubleday Books
9780385513005 Check our catalog

From Ernie Banks, the legendary "Mr. Cub," to Sammy Sosa, today's record-setting sensation, "Cubs Nation" traces the history of a team that often had everything going for it and yet was so hampered by losses that it came to define the term "lovable losers." …More

Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs: The Heart & Soul of Chicago Chicago Cubs: The Heart & Soul of Chicago
By Scheinfeld, John Ae
2011-05 - Questar (IL)
0033937040252 Check our catalog

 An entertaining and heartfelt look at the ties of hope, faith, and optimism that bind Cubs fans together. Also offers unique insight into what it means to be a true Cubs fans by exploring how deeply the histories of the city of Chicago and its Cubs are intertwined.

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
By Asinof, Eliot
2000-05 - Owl Books (NY)
9780805065374 Check our catalog

But to the horror of the entire nation -- it was. The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" In this timeless classic, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire story of the infamous scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series to Cincinnati. …More

Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson
By Fleitz, David L.
2001-03 - McFarland & Company
9780786409785 Check our catalog

"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of baseballs greatest hitters and most colorful players. Born Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson on July 16, 1888, in Pickens County, South Carolina, Jackson went to work in a textile mill when he was around six years old, and got his start in baseball playing for the Brandon Mill team at the age of 13 earning $2.50 a game. …More

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Chicago White Sox: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Chicago White Sox History The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Chicago White Sox: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Chicago White Sox History
By Gonzales, Mark
2009-03 - Triumph Books (IL)
9781600782039 Check our catalog

What fans don't love to relive the good times of their favorite team? Likewise, in a twisted sort of way, what fans can really resist a self-pitying look back on some of those times that tested their allegiance? Those disastrous games, seasons, and plays that made the good times even better? The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly includes the best and worst teams and players of all time, the most clutch performances and performers, the biggest choke jobs and chokers, great comebacks and blown leads, plus overrated and underrated players and coaches. …More

Ron Kittle's Tales from the White Sox Dugout Ron Kittle's Tales from the White Sox Dugout
By Kittle, Ron
2005-03 - Sports Publishing LLC
9781582615431 Check our catalog

Former Rookie of the Year Kittle tells unique, never-before-told stories about the 1983 American League West champion Chicago White Sox and how they went about "Winning Ugly." …More

Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz
By Roeper, Richard
2007-04 - Chicago Review Press
9781556526794 Check our catalog

Encapsulating what it means to be a baseball fan, root for the same sorry team no matter what, and find vindication, this history of the White Sox is flavored with trivia; anecdotes about players, owners, and broadcasters; as well as the author's own humorous and personal reminiscences. …More

Say It's So: The Chicago White Sox's Magical Season Say It's So: The Chicago White Sox's Magical Season
By Rogers, Phil
2006-03 - Triumph Books (IL)
9781572438705 Check our catalog

Asked why he would give up three of his top minor-league prospects for pitcher Freddy Garcia, Ken Williams answered with two numbers--nineteen-seventeen. The White Sox general manager wasn't referring to the score of that day's game against the Cubs, but rather to the last year in which the White Sox had won the World Series. Heck, this was an organization that had thrown one since it last won one, making its stamp on baseball history with the 1919 "Black Sox" gambling scandal. …More

59: Summer of the Sox: The Year the World Series Come to Chicago 59: Summer of the Sox: The Year the World Series Come to Chicago
By Vandenberg, Bob
1999-05 - Sports Publishing LLC
9781582610368 Check our catalog

The 1999 season marked the 40th anniversary of the Go-Go Sox, the only American League team besides the New York Yankees to play in the Fall Classic during the period from 1955 to 1964. …More