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Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the Heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz Paperback – April 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; Updated edition edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556526792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556526794
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Roeper's mother was nine months pregnant with him when the Chicago White Sox made their losing stand at the 1959 World Series, beginning a post-season drought that wouldn't end until their championship 2005 season. Roeper, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and co-host of Ebert & Roeper, grew up an impenetrable and sometimes irritable Sox fan. Here, he examines the history and culture of Chicago's second baseball team, and his personal history as a fan, with the kind of devotion usually reserved for family memoirs. He claims to have attended a thousand Sox games, and he adamantly argues why the South Side team will always be superior to the North Side Cubs. Naturally, Roeper (Schlock Value) peppers his narrative with movie references, as well as fun sidebars and details about long-forgotten games and players. His irreverent style-alternately witty and abrasive-recalls Chuck Klosterman's essays on pop culture and music, and his take on such subjects as the old Comiskey Park and the joys of owning season tickets for a losing team are detailed, funny and quick. Sox fans will love this one, Cubs fans will mock it and the unaffiliated will better understand what it means to be a true baseball fan.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Adult/High School–Just as the World Champion Boston Red Sox of 2004 had their Curse of the Bambino to overcome, the White Sox had not been able to win a Series since six or seven players of their 1919 team accepted payments to lose in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. The Black Sox scandal was as much of a stain on baseball as the steroids controversy of today. Roeper recounts the 2005 season like the recap of a single great game: he starts the story near the end of the season and then bounces back and forth from the beginning to the end again when the White Sox seem about to lose everything in historic fashion. He interweaves this with his personal history as a lifelong fan. White Sox fans may not be as legion as those of the Yankees or Red Sox, but Roeper gives a compelling account of their team's first World Series Championship in almost 90 years that can prove enjoyable to anyone who loves a good story.–Will Marston, Berkeley Public Library, CA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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This is the ultimate read for any loyal White Sox fan.
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An absolute must read for any fan of any team, be it baseball or not.
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I learned a lot from this book, it is very well written.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By K.A.Goldberg on January 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Give movie critic Richard Roeper "Two Thumbs Up" for this upbeat look at rooting for the White Sox in a city where the more-popular Cubs have the advantage. Roeper describes his lifelong attachment to the Sox, recalling past baseball games, seasons, players, etc. He shows that the underdog White Sox typically draw smaller crowds and less media to their plainer arena on the city's non-glamorous South Side - add losing seasons to that mix and you can see why the Sox nearly moved to Milwaukee (1968), Seattle (1975), Denver (1980) and Florida (1988). Ironically, these hardships and the fortitude of Sox fans to endure them are rarely mentioned by a national media that fixates on the big-money Cubs and other glamour teams. Roeper concludes by describing part of the magical 2005 season, when the White Sox finally broke through and won the World Series - their first title in 88 years! That triumph cheered Chicago's long-suffering fans and attracted much-desired national attention.

This lively and often humorous narrative could have been longer than 197 fast-reading pages. I felt the author underestimated how many people in Chicago root hard for both teams, but this is still an entertaining read for baseball fans here and across the nation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Kraus on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the ultimate read for any loyal White Sox fan. Winning the world series was a dream come true for me, and no one shares the magic of that wonderful season like Richard Roeper in this great book. Brought back many special memories of growing up a true sox fan in a cubs town, with the ultimate finale, a world series winner for our beloved white sox.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard E. Guise on August 17, 2006
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timely & funny, as a long time Sox fan I could relate to many of the descriptions in Roeper's book. The book gives a different perspective from a so called non sportswriter or jock. I would highly recommend it for hard core Sox fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indian Prairie Public Library on August 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
From one White Sox fan to another, Roeper details his love of the White Sox and of baseball. His wry sense of humor takes you from his childhood in the 1960s through the championship season of 2005. It's part memoir, part Sox history, and part baseball nostalgia. You don't have to be a Sox fan to enjoy this book - and you can't help but appreciate the movie and television trivia scattered throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By whmiller32 on August 8, 2010
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As a lifelong Chicagoan and South Side partisan I knew I'd enjoy the subject matter. Richard Roeper writes in an extremely accessible and guy-down-the-block way that made the whole book feel like a couple of friends talking Sox over beers, only a lot more clever and funny. Open a brewskie and have fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cs211 on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Thank goodness the White Sox have southside Chicago native Richard Roeper as a fan! The Cubs and other more popular MLB teams have a much longer roster of both author/fans (e.g. Stephen King and the Red Sox) and A-list celebrity/fans (of which the White Sox have none - sorry Jerry Springer, you're B-list). But the White Sox, with their long, interesting history and their amazing 2005 World Series run, needed someone to step up to the plate and deliver what the fan base needs: a book documenting what it means to be a White Sox fan in the four decades up to 2005. Roeper delivers a solid home run, albeit not a grand slam.

Roeper deftly interweaves three main storylines in "Sox and the City": the highlights of the past 40 years of Sox history; Roeper's own personal experiences as a fan attending more than 1000 Sox games; and the highlights of the 2005 season and World Series run. Along the way Roeper provides a personal, often humorous view of the main topics in Sox history: the different Sox teams that have been assembled over the years; what it means to be a Sox fan in what will always (unless the demographics of Chicago change radically) be a Cubs town, including especially the Sox/Cubs rivalry among the fans (which, because of geography is more passionate - at least on the Sox side - than any other intercity major league rivalry); Harry Caray's move from the Sox to the Cubs; Bill Veeck's attempts to generate excitement (and bring in paying fans) on the southside; Disco Demolition Night; the move from Comiskey to the Cell; and much more.

There is so much White Sox history that it is impossible to capture it all in a single volume, but Roeper hits all the highlights. His prose is very accessible, humorous, and direct.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Caparula on April 4, 2007
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Fantastic recap of decades of Sox lore! This book was a quick and interesting read, containing trivia, stats, and facts all interwoven with personal anecdotes and memories. Terrific for new or old fans - a must have for all who know and love the Sox!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Jones on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Sox and the City" is a great read for any baseball lover, but particularly White Sox fans. They say that as a baseball fan you are wedded to one team for life, and live and die with them each season. Or to paraphrase one of those east coast baseball fans, baseball is not life or death, but the [White] Sox are!

"Sox and the City" will most interest Chicagosns, of course. But all baseball fans might enjoy it. After all, being a White Sox fan in a city with more than one team, and an ancient generational rivalry (I won't name that OTHER team) is an experience few living baseball fans still know. the annual highs and lows (and finally triumph) that made the suffering all worth it. Only perhaps New Yorkers share the experience (and even the New York Mets are stand-ins for the old Yankees-Dodgers-Giants rivalry).

If you love baseball, pick this one up!
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