Steven A. Riess and Gerald R. Gems, ed. The Chicago Sports Reader: 100 Years of Sports in the Windy City. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009.

A celebration of the fast, the strong, the agile, and the tricky throughout Chicago’s storied sports history

The Chicago Sports Reader 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. Contributors explore why sports have been especially important in Chicago, how these sports were organized, and how sports promote not only a sense of community and hometown pride but also the agony of defeat and betrayal. 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.

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