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When Chicago Ruled Baseball: The Cubs-White Sox World Series of 1906

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In 1906 the baseball world saw something that had never been done. Two teams from the same city squared off against each other in a World Series that pitted the heavily favored Cubs of the National League against the hardscrabble American League champion White Sox. Now, more than a century later, noted historian Bernard A. Weisberger tells the tale of a unique time in base ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by William Morrow (first published April 10th 2006)
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John Gurney
In 1906, Chicago faced Chicago in baseball's World Series. The Chicago Cubs arrived with a dominant record of 116-36, which remains the best regular season mark even today. The Northsiders' infield included the famous double-play combo of three future Hall of Famers, "Tinker to Evers to Chance". Behind Hall of Famer "Three Fingers" Mordecai Brown (26-6), the Cubs pitching staff entered with a combined average ERA of 1.76, extraordinary even for the 'deadball' era. Other strong starters were Jack ...more
Lance
This was a good account of not only the games and results of the 1906 World Series (the only one in which Chicago's two teams have faced each other) but also of the times in which those games were played. The reader will feel the differences between the small bandbox parks in which the games were played compared to today's stadiums. The games themselves were different as well with better pitching to offset weaker hitting and fielding than what we have today. Finally the reader will read about th ...more
Robert
While "When Chicago Ruled Baseball" is a little scholarly for a baseball book, it is an excellent recounting of the 1906 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. Perhaps the greatest strengths of Weisberger's book are the way it captures Chicago society in 1906 and the detailed historical examinations of both teams (then) recent pasts.

Weisberger also mixes in detailed descriptions of the six games of the series, and adequately conveys the surprising win of the White Sox d
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Kyle
Oct 10, 2008 Kyle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of baseball, American history, and the glorious city of Chicago
My first baseball book. Bernard Weisberger tells the fascinating story of the only time the Chicago White Sox (the greatest baseball franchise ever) and the Chicago Cubs met in the World Series. It was 1906. The Cubs played on the West Side rather than the North Side at that time, and once were actually called the White Stockings! Weisberger includes such complementary narratives as life in Chicago at the turn of the century, the competition between the National League and the upstart American L ...more
Mike McCormick
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 leagues
Brandon
A great story written in dry prose. Weisberger is obviously interested in the topic and makes it interesting enough to follow, particularly if you're a Chicago baseball fan (I'm a Cubs fan), but his style is kind of wooden for my liking.
Lisa
Fun short read but very informative especially for Chicago baseball fans.
Joseph Hageman
I learned a lot about Chicago.
Matt Black
A good book that takes you back to the "dead ball era" when the city of Chicago had two teams that were among the best in baseball. A good read if you are a baseball nut.
Sadie
I loved the baseball history contained within the story of the 1906 world series. The evolution of leagues, uniforms, teams etc. A great read.
Jennifer Lindsay
Great read about baseball in Chicago a 100 years ago - even if the White Sox did win then!
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Bernard Allen Weisberger is an American historian. Weisberger taught American history at several universities including the University of Chicago and University of Rochester, where he was chair of the department. He has written more than a dozen books and worked on documentaries with Bill Moyers and Ken Burns. His Charles Ramsdell Prize winning article "The Dark and Bloody Ground of Reconstruction ...more
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