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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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“I love this book.” (Ken Burns )

“...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 )

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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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (April 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060592273
  • ASIN: B000MG1Z7E
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this book, because I believe each World Series, especially in the deadball era should be recorded for history with a scholarly account.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
Having recently moved to Chicago and become a White Sox rooter during their Cinderella season of 2005, I eagerly anticipated using Bernard Weisberger's "When Chicago Ruled Baseball" as a means of introducing myself to the history of the city's two storied franchises. Certainly, the subject matter the book covers is worthy of a treatise, as the 1906 World Series between the Sox and Cubs was noteworthy from multiple perspectives. The book's compelling subject matter kept my interest, but if Weisberger had taken more time to polish his prose and delve into more detail, the book could have been much better.

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).
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When Chicago Ruled Baseball is good historical account of the 1906 World Series. This is the only World Series to date that featured both Chicago teams. Mr. Weisberger does a good job of capturing the times. 1906 was a far different time than today. He sets the stage very well for this. He does a good job a telling the history of both clubs to 1906 and how they got there. There are many good stories about the players involved and a good chapter on what happened to all the players that played in this World Series after their life in baseball had ended. The telling of the games themselves was dry. My mind would wander during those game descriptions. I'm sure its hard to find interesting nuances to games that were 100 years old that had no radio or TV broadcast. Maybe some more player stories could have been intermingled with in the game stories? Also one big story that was left hanging was the feud between Tinker and Evers. What was it about? Was it ever resolved? We will never know by reading this book. But overall it was a good history of an early World Series. I do wish more of these early World Series between 1903 and 1918 were written about.
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I couldn't disagree more with some of the critical reviews posted here about "When Chicago Ruled Baseball." I'm not exactly sure what some of the other reviewers were expecting from a book on this topic, but in my opinion everyone from serious students of baseball history to the casual fan will be very pleased. I'm a long-time Chicago baseball fan (since about 1956). I fancy myself as an amateur baseball historian, and I'm also an avid student of the Dead ball era, so this book was right up my alley. I thought it was entertaining, very well done, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I've read "The 1903 World Series" and "Autumn Glory" (as one reviewer suggested) and thought this book compares very well...if anything, I enjoyed it 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.
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