Chicago's Big Teams: Great Moments of the Cubs, Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls
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Publisher: Firefly Books

Author Statement: Lew Freedman
Audience: Trade
Specs: 150 full color and black-and-white photographs, index
Pages: 240
Trim Size: 9" X 11" X 7/8"
Language code 1: eng
Publication Date: 20151001
Copyright Year: 2015
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Chicago's Big Teams: Great Moments of the Cubs, Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls

Chicago's professional sports landscape, as never seen before.

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.

Includes profiles on the following:

    Harry Caray
    Eddie Collins
    George Connor
    Glenn Hall
    Rogers Hornsby
    Bo Jackson
    Jerry Krause
    Keith Magnuson
    Joakim Noah
    Brian Piccolo
    Pierre Pilote
    Ed Reulbach
    Dennis Rodman
    Ryne Sandberg
    Ron Santo
    Jerry Sloan
    Buddy Ryan
    Nolan Ryan

Bio:

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.

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Contents

Introduction
Root for the Home Team: But You Can Pick Only One Baseball Club

The Chicago Cubs
The Loveable Losers

    Chapter 1 The Foundations of Success
    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
Monsters of the Midway

    Chapter 7 The Galloping Twenties
    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
The South Siders

    Chapter 13 Champs from the Start
    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
Here Come the Hawks

    Chapter 18 Gardiner Gets Them Out of the Gate
    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

Chicago Bulls
An Heir for His Airness

    Chapter 23 Humble Beginnings
    Chapter 24 Michael Arrives
    Chapter 25 Three-peat
    Chapter 26 Repeat Three-peat
    Chapter 27 Fresh Dreams

Index