Quintessential Chicago book list: Chicago sports books

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Our ChicagoNow Bulls Confidential wrote recently about basketball-themed books, which serves as a marvelous segue: It's time for the next segment of the 100 Quintessential Chicago Books List project. We kicked off the project with a list of classic Chicago novels. This time around, we're talking sports books. So let's hear it: What sports-oriented books are an absolute must-include on the Quintessential Chicago Books List, a list of books that best captures the feel, the essence the very Chicagoness of Chicago? Sure, Cubbie Blues comes to mind, as does Murder at Wrigley Field by Troy Soos and The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith , as well as many titles on the Bulls Confidential list. But before I unveil my list, I want to hear from you, readers dear. Which sports books are quintessentially Chicago? Let's hear it.

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  • It's not strictly literary, but by far my favorite book pertaining to Chicago sports is the photographic narrative "Real Chicago Sports: Photographs from the files of the Chicago Sun-Times" by Rich Cahan, Michael Williams and Neal Samors. Cahan, Williams, and Samors, along with a number of other authors, have created several similarly-formatted books (Real Chicago being my other favorite) containing photos from the Sun Times archive so vivid they almost give a texture to the page. Worth a look if you've never picked one up, and miles better than other books of their type.

  • "Eight Men Out" by Eliot Asinof....the Black Sox scandal.

    "Veeck--as in Wreck," Bill Veeck's autobiography. Not all Chicago, but all Bill Veeck.

    "You Know Me Al," short stories by Ring Lardner.

  • There are loads of Chicago Cub books. I'll push "Wrigleyville" by Peter Goldenbock, primarily because I proofread it and fixed any errors I found.

  • There are loads of Chicago Cub books. I'll push "Wrigleyville" by Peter Goldenbock, primarily because I proofread it and fixed any errors I found.

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