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Team of Destiny: The Chicago Cubs and Baseball’s Coming of Age

 · Hosted by City Lit Books and University of Chicago Press

April 10, 2018

 "Chicago Tonight" anchorman Paris Schutz expertly guided his PBS viewers through the major themes of Tinker to Evers to Chance  during his interview with the author on Monday night. Click on the photo above or here to watch the video segment and read an exce...

April 9, 2018

You'd have to say the best days of Chicago's Congress Plaza Hotel are behind it. I checked in here last night on the beginning of a book promotion tour to coincide with the Cubs' 2018 home opener Monday against Milwaukee. I picked this place for two reasons: it's cheap...

March 29, 2018

John Thorn, the Official Historian for Major League Baseball, graciously opened up his "Our Game" blog today to run an excerpt from Tinker to Evers to Chance on the answer to the age-old trivia question: Who was the fourth member of the Cubs' famous infield? (Hint: The...

March 28, 2018

The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has invited me to give a presentation on Tinker to Evers to Chance as part of its 2018 Author Series.

My program will be held on Wednesday, July 4, at 1 p.m., in the Museum's Bullpen Theater. It's open to the public with Museum admis...

March 2, 2018

Solid State Books, a new bookstore, coffee shop, and meeting place on the hip-and-coming H Street NE corridor in D.C., will host a conversation with me and old friend Ronald D. Elving of NPR on Wednesday, April 19.

Ron is a former colleague at CQ — and a lifelong Cubs...

February 25, 2018

Frank Chance was deemed the Peerless Leader, thanks to a local sportswriter.

Charles Dryden loved to hand out nicknames. Frank Chance, the imposing player-manager of the Chicago Cubs, was forever known as the “Peerless Leader.” Charles Comiskey of the crosstown White So...

February 11, 2018

“Freezing Weather Due Here Today,” the newsboys cried. “Blizzards in West.” Not unlike the storm that just blanketed the Midwest, these were the headlines Chicagoans woke up to on March 21, the first official day of spring 1903, just after two days of unexpectedly balm...

January 29, 2018

About midday on July 12, 1910, in the midst of yet another fevered pennant race between the Chicago Cubs and New York Giants, a young scribbler named Franklin Pierce Adams had just wrapped up his column, "All in Good Humor," for the New York Evening Mail, and was...

January 21, 2018

The big news coming out of Cooperstown, N.Y., on Jan. 24 is the Baseball Hall of Fame's scheduled announcement of who shall enter its august pantheon in 2018. What's already known of the semi-secret balloting by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America re...

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Backgroud photo: Knothole kids watching a game at Chicago's West Side Grounds, circa 1905. 

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