Chicago is a 21st-century city that is not only represented by all four major team sports--football, basketball, hockey and baseball--but is also blessed with two long-standing Major League Baseball franchises, one in each league.
In Chicago's Big Teams, author Lew Freedman offers readers a comprehensive and interesting look into the histories and heroes that have made each franchise tick.
In 28 unique essays, Chicago's Big Teams unwraps the stories behind the men, moments and circumstances that have forged these great franchises and unforgettable champions.
Freedman leaves no stone unturned in the franchises' history, from opening day to current day, and provides snapshots of Chicago legends like Michael Jordan, Ernie Banks, Mike Ditka, Frank Thomas and Bobby Hull alongside tales of franchise curses, Stanley Cup parades, Super Bowl Shuffles and World Series fixes.
Chicago's Big Teams pays homage to Soldier Field, Wrigley Field, U.S. Cellular Field and the United Center, as well as the revered structures that came before them, like Comiskey Park and Chicago Stadium.
Packed with more than 150 photos, Chicago's Big Teams is the most comprehensive book on the best of Chicago's professional sports teams.
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Lew Freedman is a veteran prize-winning journalist who has written for the Chicago Tribune sports staff and other newspapers. He is the author of dozens of sports books, including many about the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox and Loyola University's 1963 NCAA basketball championship. He is also the author of Football Stadiums (Firefly Books, 2013). He lives in Chicago.
The Chicago Cubs
Chapter 2 The Friendly Confines
Chapter 3 National League Champs Again... and Again
Chapter 4 Forever Mr. Cub
Chapter 5 Greatness Just Out of Reach
Chapter 6 Curses! Foiled Again
The Chicago Bears
Chapter 8 Bronko and the Champs
Chapter 9 Sid Luckman and the All-American Massacre
Chapter 10 What Is and What Could Have Been
Chapter 11 A Special Friendship
Chapter 12 The Greatest Bears of All
The White Sox
Chapter 14 The Black Sox Scandal
Chapter 15 From Oh-No to the Go-Go White Sox
Chapter 16 The Big Hurt
Chapter 17 The South Side Rules
The Black Hawks
Chapter 19 The Stanley Cup Champs of 1961
Chapter 20 Chicago's Great One-Two Punch
Chapter 21 The Big Streak
Chapter 22 Three Cups and Counting
Chapter 24 Michael Arrives
Chapter 25 Three-peat
Chapter 26 Repeat Three-peat
Chapter 27 Fresh Dreams