Minnesota based writer John Rosengren
is the author of Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes.
It’s a biography of the “Hebrew Hammer,” one of the greatest players in baseball history. A member of the Detroit Tigers Mt. Rushmore. Greenberg was more than just one of the premier power hitters of his generation. He slugged 58 home runs in 1938, equaling Jimmie Foxx’s 1932 mark for the most home runs in one season by any player between 1927 (when Babe Ruth set a record of 60) and 1961 (when Roger Maris surpassed it). Greenberg was a five-time All-Star, twice AL
MVP and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1956.
Hank Greenberg was also the first Jewish superstar in all of American professional sports. And reaching that height meant he had to endure Anti-Semitism, bigotry and prejudice that you could not imagine. Rosengren’s book is more than a baseball story; it’s about social pioneering and political trail blazing. John Rosengren is an award-winning author of seven books. A freelance writer since 1981, he has written articles for more than 100 publications ranging from Reader’s Digest to Sports Illustrated. He’s a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society for American Baseball Research. He teaches in the University of Minnesota’s journalism school and at the Loft Literary Center. He earned his master’s degree in creative writing at Boston University, where he studied with Saul Bellow and Derek Walcott. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and their two children.
You can see a sampling of all the press
Rosengren received on his book at HankGreenberg.net
on the book page under reviews. The Detroit Free Press
and Chicago Magazine
did interviews. Rosengren has also written for the Chicago Sun-Times
and Chicago Side
. He will be speaking at the Highland Park Public Library on July 10.
The Ring Lardner
Awards for Excellence in Sports Journalism were held Tuesday night at the Union League Club of Chicago
. The honorees this year were-
Broadcast: ABC 7 WLS TV Mark Giangreco
; Print: Sports Illustrated/NPR/HBO Frank Deford; and Posthumous: Chicago Bulls
and Fighting Illini
icon Johnny “Red” Kerr.
The Ring Lardner
awards are like the Heisman Trophy for journalists; as Giangreco
Proceeds raised at this event will benefit the Union League Boys & Girls Clubs. The Union League Club
, which was founded in 1879, has been recognized as one of the top city club in The United States...
We're close to the one year anniversary of Chicago Sports Media Watch. The inaugural post went live on April 20th, 2012 (yeah, 4-20 man! for all you stoners out there) To celebrate, I'm posting links to the top ten media interviews I conducted for this website. All media interviews are exclusives, because exclusive is how I roll.
Ok, not really. I actually enjoy eating spray cheese and my all-time favorite movie Team America: World Police
is filled with extremely low-brow humor. But the fact still holds, these media interviews were one-on-one Q&A.
The interview subjects of the past year who didn't retweet me, after I nicely asked them to do so, were automatically eliminated from top ten consideration. But "Hey, thanks for coming!!!!"
Stay tuned to CSMW this week as I will have exclusives with University of Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas and WFLD FOX Reporter Dionne Miller posted in the next couple days.
The order below is totally random; these media interviews are not ranked by importance or page views or social media response. They are just the ten I enjoyed the most. (side note: here's my top ten media criticisms of the past year
The 1963 Loyola Ramblers
are the only team in our state ever to win a national championship in college basketball. Not Illinois, who have 5 Final Fours to their credit, and not DePaul who reached two Final Fours. Only the Ramblers cut down the nets at the end. However, the '63 Ramblers weren't just ahead of the game on the court. They were ahead of the curve on civil rights too.
Ramblers: Loyola Chicago 1963—The Team that Changed the Color of College Basketball,
by Michael Lenehan.
Ramblers is the dramatic, deeply engrossing, and meticulously researched story behind the 1963 NCAA basketball tournament, which featured seven African-American starters in the championship game. With the 50th anniversary of the Ramblers' championship victory just around the corner, this is an important story that needs to be told. March Madness is the perfect time to reflect on sports and politics Civil Rights era. This team predates the famous Texas Western championship unit featured in the popular film "Glory Road" by three years.
I had an exclusive interview with Author Michael Lenehan (Q&A below) who was also recently featured in the Sunday New York Times,
writing about the effect this story had on African-American athletes and on sports in general.
First, an excerpt from his NY Times article t
o set the scene, remind us of how far we've come, but also how far we've yet to go...
Chester Coppock, a.k.a. Chet Coppock
is an American Emmy award-winning radio broadcaster, television broadcaster and sports talk personality. Coppock publishes Daily Coppock
videos and interviews on DailyCoppock.com
, as well as an audio podcast
called Coppock on Sports
available on iTunes. Coppock can currently be heard on Notre Dame
football pregame and postgame on WLS Radio, as a featured content contributor for the Heritage Series
on the Chicago Blackhawks
Coppock is recognized as one of the most notable alumni of New Trier High School in Winnetka, where he got his start, broadcasting football and basketball games on the school radio station. Since then he’s hosted, co-hosted multiple shows over the years with WMAQ-TV, WMAQ radio, WLUP, WMVP, Fox Sports. He’s been a prominent staple of the Chicago sports media
scene for decades. In the 1990s Coppock also co-hosted The Mike Ditka Radio Show
as well as talk shows featuring NBA
coaches Phil Jackson and Doug Collins.
In 1999, Coppock received the Peter Lisagor Award for Journalistic Excellence.
In 2009, Coppock penned the “Coppock On Sports” blog, covering Chicago sports for ChicagoNow.com
In 2007, Coppock served as a football consultant and had an on camera role in the motion picture “The Express” starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.The film was shot at Ryan Field in Northwestern
Coppock has a new book out
. And I had an exclusive interview with him about his latest endeavor...
Welcome to Chicago Sports Media Watch, one of the newer blogs on Chicago Now. What are we about? I think this link can give you a great synopsis. When I was asked to do this blog by CN Director Jimmy Greenfield, I immediately thought of the old Chicago Tribune column “Inside Media” I loved reading... Read more »