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From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sportswriting from the "Tribune," "Sun-Times," and Other Newspapers Paperback – August 21, 2013

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Chicago is a blustery sports town whose passion is reflected in the quality of its sportswriters. Rapoport, a longtime columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, spent considerable time in the archives to gather this collection of some of Chicago’s best sportswriting. As noted in the title, Chicago has experienced some of the worst as well as the best sports have to offer. There are funny, insightful paeans to great Chicago athletes, including, of course, multiple columns on Michael Jordan. Great Chicago teams get similar treatments: the Bulls, the Bears, the Sox, and the Blackhawks are given their due (the Cubs, naturally, receive a different kind of treatment). Among the more memorable sportswriters represented are Jerome Holtzman, who finished his career as the official historian of Major League Baseball; Don Pierson, who covered the Bears for decades and won entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; and Mike Royko, whose range was wide but who never turned his back on the sports beat. Great sportswriting, of particular interest to Chicago-area fans. --Wes Lukowsky

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“This is a great book for a great sports town.”


(Mayor Rahm Emanuel)

“Growing up in Chicago, I was privileged to read some of the sports columnists that Ron Rapoport includes in this marvelous collection. Though I moved to New York to write my own sports column, I continued to enjoy the contemporary Chicago sportswriters. Now, we can re-read all of them, plus greats from past years. From Black Sox to Three-Peats is pure pleasure from beginning to end.”
(Ira Berkow, former New York Times sports columnist)

"Some cities can boast of more winners, but no town ever had more good people to write about than Chicago. What writers, what characters, what moments!"


(Alan Barra Chicago Tribune)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (August 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 022603660X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226036601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ron Rapoport has put together a varied collection of sports articles that have appeared in Chicago newspapers over the past century. The chosen articles are heavy on baseball, particularly the Cubs, which is fine with me because baseball is my favorite sport. I especially enjoyed those written by earlier writers such as Charles Dryden, Ring Lardner, and Hughie Fullerton. Non-baseball articles I enjoyed were on Doug Atkins of the Bears and Eric Nesterenko of the Black Hawks. Other writers I especially enjoyed were Jerome Holtzman, David Condon, and Robert Markus. Chicago has had no shortage of storied sports writers and if you enjoy sports, especially as they relate to Chicago you are sure to enjoy this book.
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Great work, Ron! Fascinating facts and cool information. A great read for sports fans and Chicagoans. Hope you enjoy fantastic success!!
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Love Chicago, its history and it's sports. This is a terrific book if you enjoy sports writers because Chicago over the years has had some of the very best ! I would recommend this book to anyone/ everyone who enjoys great sports writing
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Ron Rapoport, an excellent sportswriter himself, has pulled together a great roster of great sportswriters writing about the subject they love. These people were there, and we get to join them in historical moments. Definitely worth a read!!
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Can't remember where I first heard about this book but was excited to get a copy of it to re-live my years in Chicago, where I worked in the 1970s, reading many of the sports columnists published in this collection. Chicago was a tremendous newspaper town (when I first moved there, we had at least four dailies, the Today, Sun-Times, Tribune and Daily News, plus the Defender and some suburban papers). It covers an exciting century of Chicago sports, from the Black Sox scandal to the Michael Jordan era of the NBA. The only thing missing is coverage of a modern-day Chicago Cubs World Series win! (Wait till next century.)

Great writing from the likes of Ring Lardner, Jerome Holtzman, David Condon, John Schculian, MIke Downey, Dave Nightingale and others. Even a cameo appearance of sports stories from Mike Royko (a hilarious "review" of a book by NY Mets Keith Hernandez) and Bob Greene.

Nicely put together and edited by Ron Rapoport, whose work I remember from both Chicago and later in Los Angeles. The introduction really spells out how newspapers of today have changed, and not for the better.
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Amazing! It can be one of those books you read quickly, or pace yourself and read a few columns every sitting. It really shows how sportswriting is beyond "Oh, such and such team scored this against this other team" and really gets into the mindset of the passion and the excitement of sports and the world around sports AND how sportswriters react to the world around them.
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This book is so good that I've read it once, and about two years later, read it again. I also keep it in my office to reference the stories and colorful history of the best American sports town!
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Great book for anyone who grew up in Chicago and loved sports. Many of the articles were from sportswriters that I grew up reading or were legends that I only heard about.
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