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Chicago White Sox: 1959 and Beyond (IL) (Images of Baseball) Paperback – July 21, 2004
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About the Author
Dan Helpingstine is a freelance writer living in Highland, Indiana with his wife Delia and daughter Leah. He has seen many of the events depicted in the book first hand. He is currently writing a novel about a small town sportswriter covering a high school baseball season.
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To create his book Helpingstine searched his archives and those of a few other serious White Sox fans, and interviewed a few players, front office personnel, and some other fans. Helpingstine is not necessarily aiming for historical completeness; rather, he aims to recount the stories that are of most interest to White Sox fans. His passion for the White Sox comes through in his writing, although the prose is awkwardly worded in spots and could have benefited from a more thorough proofreading.
The roughness of the prose is the biggest drawback, but what pushed my opinion of this book into the positive are the great photos that it includes. The photos are all in black-and-white, but they are almost uniformly top-notch: any one of them would look right at home on the wall of a sports bar on the south side of Chicago, with a player autograph or two on it. Helpingstine did a great job rounding up the collection of photos in this book, and they alone will bring back many great memories for White Sox fans.
"Chicago White Sox 1959 and Beyond" should please White Sox fans. It will trigger positive memories for older fans, and educate the younger ones on some of the lore of their favorite team.
As another reviewer wrote "It's got typographical errors. It's got poor sentence structure. The author He's no John Steinbeck; his prose is pedestrian."
Stay away from 1959 and Beyond.