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When Chicago Ruled Baseball: The Cubs-White Sox World Series of 1906 Hardcover – Bargain Price, March 28, 2006
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“...brings life to a magical city, an enchanting World Series and the baseball legends who battled for glory.” (Tom Stanton, Casey Award-winning author of The Final Season and Hank Aaron and the Home Run That Changed America )
About the Author
Bernard A. Weisberger is a distinguished teacher and author of American history. He has been on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester, is a contributing editor of American Heritage for which he wrote a regular column for ten years, has worked on television documentaries with Bill Moyers and Ken Burns, and has published some dozen and a half books as well as numerous articles and reviews. He lives in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Unfortunately the 1906 White Sox- Cubs series still awaits that account.
Potential readers expecting a book of the same standard as Louis P. Masur's Autumn Glory or Roger I. Abrams The First World Series, both about the 1903 World Series will be sorely disappointed by this effort.
I got the impression that parts of the book were rushed out after the White Sox won the 2005 series and were not written by Bernard Weisberger, but by a TV script writer. I find it hard to believe that a "distinguished teacher and author of American History" and "one of the best historians on earth" could write in the following style.
"It was a great double play of the balletlike kind that makes baseball glow, and like Evers great pickup in the first, it stopped the hemorrhaging. But four more runs were in for Jones's pyrotechnic experts."
"He attended Georgetown University, and in 1902 earned his dental degree (the course for which was then shorter)."
Four years, two years, ten years, we are not told. One minute we are being given lengthy essays on Spalding, Comiskey and the labor wars, and then we are given very clipped one sentence career information about the actual players, who participated in the series.
Also some of the content and comment was just annoyingly wrong and clearly not checked by a competent editor.
For instance, "....-but the Irish and the Germans had begun to make their inroads.Read more ›
To his credit, Weisberger puts the 1906 World Series into historical perspective, and uses it as a springboard to discuss other important related subjects, including a portrait of turn-of-the-century Chicago (the 1906 World Series was just 35 years after the great Chicago fire); the genesis and formative early years of the major professional baseball leagues; and the formation of Chicago's two major league ball clubs (the original White Stockings who became the Cubs, and the upstart American League's White Sox). Each of these topics in and of itself is worthy of a book, and indeed Weisberger relies upon and cites several primary source books. So, "When Chicago Ruled Baseball" provides a surface-level overview of these subjects, along with game descriptions of the actual contests, drawn from newspaper accounts.
It left me wishing for more. If Weisberger had delivered 284 pages of prose instead of 184 he would have been able to delve more deeply into each of the major subject areas, other than the game descriptions (lacking an audio or visual record of the games, there is only so much that can be perused from newspaper write-ups).Read more ›
It was a fun book to read and I thought it captured just the right mix of relevant historical setting, delightful local color, extremely interesting character development, and in-depth baseball research. Mr. Weisberger writes in an engaging narrative style that flows very well and kept my attention throughout. I love books like this and it certainly deserves a second read. Apparently some of the other reviewers were expecting some sort of doctoral dissertation on the subject. I guess they're disapppointed. Everyone else will probably enjoy the book.
I was familiar with all of the personalities in the book, but reading about them within the context of the 1906 pennant races and World Series, I feel I now have a much deeper appreciation for them all. Also, I have a much deeper appreciation for baseball as it existed in Chicago in the historic year of 1906. In spite of all the changes to the game, it's still amazing how similar the game was played over 100 years ago. This was all captured well in the book and Mr. Weisberger is to be commended.
If you are serious student of the game, or if you just want to learn about the historic 1906 World Series, I'd highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice reading. Amazing research. You get a real sense of how different baseball (and the world) were back thenPublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
the book was fascinating.....especially all the background kwowledge of major league basesball......in the 1880's 1890's....... Read morePublished 10 months ago by john pugliese
GreAt read. Gets kind of long but if you want the history of this series this is the book for youPublished 14 months ago by Josh Liddle
Very good account of when Chicago's two teams played each other and had the city puffing its chest out about being the capital of baseball... Read morePublished 15 months ago by neil armstrong
This book is great because it not only covers the 1906 series, it discusses the history of professional baseball and the formation of the American and National leaguesPublished 23 months ago by MICHAEL J MCCORMICK
The 1906 World Series was an all Chicago affair pitting Frank "Peerless Leader" Chance's Tinker-Evers-Chance Cubs against Fielder Jones' "Hitless Wonders" White Sox. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by Brian Engelhardt
It was a gift for my mother and she loved it thank you so very much she said it was greatPublished on July 31, 2013 by Jason
The book scores big points in painting a real picture of what life was like in Chicago and what ballgames were like at the time. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Brian Maitland
Great book. Highly recommended. A must read for dead ball enthusiasts. I agree with Ken Burns.. Fall in love with the era in one week.Published on February 20, 2013 by Robert Riccardi