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New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2014]
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iv, 268 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"The scrambled construction of Weeghman Park in 1914 is at the heart of Before Wrigley: The inside story of the first years of the Cubs' home field. The book will explore the early years of Wrigley Field, when it bore a different name and housed a different team. Sean Deveney has mined documents and resources from baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as well as the Chicago History Museum, to supplement the reports in newspapers and magazines of the day, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the origins and birth pangs of the park"-- Provided by publisher.
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Contents:
The Cubs and the north side, day one -- The Chicago Theological Lutheran Seminary lot -- Lucky Charley Weeghman -- Charles Webb Murphy -- Joe Tinker and the Federal League -- Weeghman and the war -- Crisis management -- Murphy and Evers -- Groundbreaking on the north side -- The battle of the dock -- "The fellows from the north side were actuated with pride" -- A promising start for the new league -- War and strategy -- Lazy days -- Stretch run, 1914 -- Peace foiled -- "I must have signed Walter" -- Showdown in Judge Landis' court -- The 1915 season begins -- The Cubs, the Whales, and the future of Chicago baseball -- A champion of the north side -- The Cubs head north -- Epilogue.
LCCN:
2014004231
ISBN:
9781613216484 (hardback)
1613216483 (hardback)
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4
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Control Number:
1054902
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854945646
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Chicago, Illinois - Midwest (U.S.)
Time Period
-- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Today's baseball fans, especially Chicagoans, would be hard-pressed to imagine their game without the Cubs, Wrigley Field, or even a team on the North Side of town. But it all could have gone differently. Deveney's (Sporting News) story of the early years of a stadium built in under two months on a plot of land that was previously the site of a Lutheran seminary, reveals a city and sport very much rough around the edges and in the throes of adolescence. With Charlie Weeghman, the passionate but certainly flawed visionary at the center, the cast of characters (crooked politicians, ballplayers, officials) richly enliven this nuts-and-bolts tale of how deals were done and dreams were held together with spit and glue. -VERDICT Compulsory for Chicago Cubs fans; MLB buffs generally will geek-out over the insights into organized baseball's earlier days. Readers interested in city planning and urban history should also consider.-Benjamin Malczewski (BM), -Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

This solid account of the early years of the Chicago Cubs' beloved Wrigley Field will delight fans who have been looking for a World Series championship since 1908. But what most current fans probably don't know is that championship was won in the Cubs' original stadium on Chicago's West side, not in its the current North Side home in Wrigley Field, which wasn't built until 1914. Sports writer Deveney (The Original Curse) recounts the Byzantine business, sports, and political stories behind the ballpark's beginning, which was first named Weeghman Park and was used by the Chicago team of the old Federal League-a "short-lived outlaw circuit" that boldly claimed major-league status and "challenged the dominance of the American and National Leagues." "Fortune, treachery, and foresight" were all factors in building the park, which is on the former site of the Chicago Theological Lutheran Seminary. Deveney gives an excellent and thoroughly detailed account of the "winding path" that led the Cubs to that piece of land, including the likes of Charlie Weeghman, a flamboyant millionaire who first saw the possibility of baseball success on the city's budding North side, and legendary Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Chicago's Wrigley Field opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, the new North Side stadium erected for use by the Federal League's Chicago team, which would eventually be called the Whales. It was built in just 50 days, with a rectangular shape in the style of New York's Polo Grounds, designed to fit the odd dimensions of the lot--which formerly housed a seminary school--that Whales owner "Lucky" Charlie Weeghman had purchased with a 99-year lease at a little over $300,000. In all, it took $250,000 and plenty of scrambling to build the park. That seminal event is at the heart of Before Wrigley: The Inside Story of the First Years of the Cubs' Home Field . The book will explore the early years of Wrigley Field, when it bore a different name and housed a different team. Sean Deveney has mined documents and resources from baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, as well as the Chicago History Museum, to supplement the reports in newspapers and magazines of the day, giving readers a behind-the-scenes look at the origins and birth pangs of the park. At the center of the Before Wrigley drama is a cast of typically colorful Chicago characters, particularly Weeghman, the young and flamboyant restaurant man who started out in the city as an $8-a-week waiter, eventually became a millionaire baseball magnate, and then lost everything. There's tightwad owner Charles Murphy, who oversaw the Cubs' early 20th-century dynasty (yes, there was a Cubs dynasty), only to run off his famed infield of Tinkers, Evers, and Chance, and be run out of the game himself. There are crooked baseball officials like Ban Johnson and Garry Herrmann, crooked politicians like mayor "Big Bill" Thompson, rogue ballplayers out to make a quick buck or two, and, of course, the generally fair and hardworking citizens of Chicago. Using careful and detailed research, incorporated into the bizarre and gripping narrative of the city, the game, and the team in the mid-1910s, Before Wrigley gives Cubs fans a rollicking account of their beloved ballpark's little-explored early days.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1The Cubs and the North Side, Day Onep. 1
Chapter 2The Chicago Theological Lutheran Seminary Lotp. 9
Chapter 3Lucky Charley Weeghmanp. 19
Chapter 4Charles Webb Murphyp. 29
Chapter 5Joe Tinker and the Federal Leaguep. 41
Chapter 6Weeghman and the Warp. 53
Chapter 7Crisis Managementp. 63
Chapter 8Murphy and Eversp. 73
Chapter 9Groundbreaking on the North Sidep. 83
Chapter 10The Battle of the Dockp. 93
Chapter 11"The Fellows from the North Side Were Actuated with Pride"p. 105
Chapter 12A Promising Start for the New Leaguep. 115
Chapter 13War and Strategyp. 125
Chapter 14Lazy Daysp. 137
Chapter 15Stretch Run, 1914p. 147
Chapter 16Peace Foiledp. 157
Chapter 17"I Have Just Signed Walter"p. 171
Chapter 18Showdown in Judge Landis's Courtp. 181
Chapter 19The 1915 Season Beginsp. 193
Chapter 20The Cubs, the Whales, and the Future of Chicago Baseballp. 205
Chapter 21A Champion on the North Sidep. 215
Chapter 22The Cubs Head Northp. 227
Epiloguep. 237
Notesp. 244
Bibliographyp. 259
Indexp. 263
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