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Northsiders: Essays on the History and Culture of the Chicago Cubs Paperback – August 21, 2008

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About the Author

Gerald C. Wood is chair of the English department and dean of the School of Humanities at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He lives in New Market, Tennessee.

Andrew Hazucha is the chair of the Humanities Division and English Department at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 229 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (August 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786436239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786436231
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,461,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald C. Wood is Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus from Carson-Newman College. During his years as a college teacher, he wrote primarily on theater and film, emphasizing the work of Horton Foote (USA) and Conor McPherson (Ireland), both playwrights and filmmakers. Most recently he has written about the history of baseball, including a biography of Smoky Joe Wood, legendary pitcher and outfielder from the Deadball Era. He has also completed two unproduced screenplays.

He and his wife live in a 120-year-old house in the small Tennessee village of New Market. For relaxation he runs, gardens, and plays golf. As a Chicago Cubs fan since 1951, he has died hard many times, including from the left-center field stands in the 7th game of the 2003 NL playoffs, the game following the Bartman ball fiasco.

His biography of Smoky Joe Wood has won the 2014 Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research as the best book in baseball history or biography in the past calendar year. According to SABR, in order to be chosen, the book needed to demonstrate "exceptional scholarship, superior writing skills, and the full range of conceptual, theoretical, investigative, and analytical skills employed by accomplished historians."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Operalover on September 22, 2008
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How ironic that this book should come out this year! Not just another baseball book full of mind-numbing statistics, this book really brings the culture of Chicago and the Cubs alive. It looks deeply into some of the things that have made the Cubs so well-loved and fills in the history of how we came to 2008 with no World Series title for 100 years. If you love the Cubs or love Chicago history, I am sure you will really enjoy this book!
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