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The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City (Sport and Society) Hardcover – February 18, 2009

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Product Details

  • Series: Sport and Society
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (February 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252032810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252032813
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,935,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Classic essays. . . . Recommended.”--Choice

Book Description

This book examines Chicago's long and glorious history of recreational and competitive sport, and as the home of the finest sporting events and most loyal fans in the United States. This indispensable collection surveys the essential events and main teams in the city's sports history--the Bears, the Cubs, the White Sox, the Black Hawks, and the Bulls--as well as great Chicago sports legends Red Grange, Michael Jordan, and others. The authors also examine more specialized sports such as racing, cycling, and women's baseball. In addition to examining the highlights of Chicago sport, The Chicago Sports Reader also acknowledges a few lowlights, such as the role of organized crime, the Cubs' demise in 1969, and the infamous Black Sox scandal of 1919.

Contributors are George D. Bushnell, Susan K. Cahn, John M. Carroll, David Claerbaut, Bruce J. Evensen, Gerald R. Gems, Walter LeFeber, Robin Dale Lester, Michael E. Lomax, Daniel A. Nathan, Steven A. Riess, Cord Scott, and John Chi-Kit Wong.

More About the Author

A Chicagoan by birth, Jerry Gems has traveled throughout the world as a teacher, scholar, and adventurer. When not traveling he is a professor at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. His early life in Chicago remains the basis for his work in the analysis of the ethnic, racial, gender, and social class factors in American culture and his examination of the role of sport in society. He is a past president of the North American Society for Sport History and a member of the executive council for the International Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport.

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