Annotations for Nice Little Place on the North Side : Wrigley Field at One Hundred


Baker & Taylor
Chronicling a century of highs and lows at Wrigley Field, a leading columnist explores the home of the hapless Chicago Cubs in relation to his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball, and the nature of sports fandom.

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Baker & Taylor
Chronicling the highs and lows over the 100-year history of Wrigley Field, America's leading columnist explores the home of the hapless Chicago Cubs as a way to talk about his upbringing, the growth of Chicago, the history of baseball and what brings us back to root for the home team. 60,000 first printing.

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Random House, Inc.
"George Will on baseball. Perfect."--Los Angeles Times

In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?

Winding beautifully like Wrigley's iconic ivy, Will's meditation on "The Friendly Confines" examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field's legend and the larger-than-life characters--from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks--who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs' future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility.

In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself.

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