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Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Hardcover – June 1, 2003

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582615241
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582615240
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Maruszak on November 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
A nice insider look at an original six team. Wittenberg's voice is etched into the memory any Hawk fan who attended home games. His stories were enjoyable and a nice look at players and coaches many fans never had the chance to see. The books tends to be heavy on the 60's & 70's, it wouild have been nice to have more anecdotes from the late 80's & 90's. But it is sill enjoyable over all. Buy the book, read it and then give it to another fan.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Ambry on January 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Harvey Wittenberg was so much a part of the old Chicago Stadium, this book was worth reading all his little behind the scenes stories. Who could forget that voice (public address announcer). I liked this book because there are so FEW books written about the Blackhawks, especially about the late 60's greats, Hull, Mikita, Esposito, etc. Great book if you're an old time fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Morris on October 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Authored by one of the most qualified observers of Chicago's NHL team, Harvey Wittenberg's Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks is a time capsule no Hawks fan will want to be without.

The jacket notes have a simplicity and substance that mirror the contents: "A collection of stories that come straight from the source-players, coaches, and managers, to name a just a few. Intended to be informative and, above all, entertaining, these tales are not only for fans of the Blackhawks, but for all fans of hockey."

Harvey Wittenberg has been covering the Blackhawks since 1959, when he was sports director for Chicago radio station WLS-AM, becoming second-string public address announcer at the old Chicago Stadium that fall, and radio color commentary for the Hawks the following March. Radio gave Wittenberg the chance to paint vocal pictures, and his skill earned him status as full time public address announcer in 1961. His tenure lasted 40 seasons.

The view offered by Harvey Wittenberg is one of whimsy, nostalgia and eccentricity: hockey as a sport where the comical exists alongside the confrontational.

His album of memories is a read that moves as swiftly as the Hawks teams he portrays. From the infamous "Curse of the Muldoon" to the pipe organ of Chicago Stadium exhorting the throng to cheer their Hawks, the book is a deep dish of flavors simmered for decades.

Amusing tales abound: forward Cliff Koroll, deciding he was due a $500 raise on an $8000 salary, being rebuffed by GM Tommy Ivan with, "If you don't like what I'm offering you, go out and get a job!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By COOL JEWEL on May 29, 2009
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HARVEY WITTENBERG FORMER PA ANNOUNCER FOR THE CHICAGO HOCKEY TEAM DOES A GREAT JOB WITH HIS STORIES, INSIGHT AND WIT IN THIS MUST HAVE BOOK FOR BLACKHAWK FANS OF THE 1960'S AND 70'S. I LIVE IN OHIO AND HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A BLACKHAWKS GAME LIVE. MY MEMORIES ARE THOSE FROM WATCHING ON TV WHENEVER THE HAWKS WERE ON GAME OF THE WEEK. I IMMEDIATELY TOOK NOTICE OF HULL AND MIKITA, THEY MADE ME A HOCKEY FAN. THIS BOOK DEALS MANY TIDBITS AND MEMORIES OF THIS HALLOWED FRANCHISE. I HOPE THEY WIN ANOTHER CUP SOMEDAY, IT HAS BEEN CLOSE TO 40 YEARS WITHOUT ONE. ANYWAY I HAVE READ MANY HOCKEY BOOKS OVER THE YEARS AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BETTER ONES. HARVERY DOES A GOOD JOB TAKING THE READER DOWN NOSTALGIA LANE. I HOPE HE DOES ANOTHER BOOK SOME DAY.
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