A Nice Little Place on the North Side: A History of Triumph, Mostly Defeat, and Incurable Hope at Wrigley Field

A Nice Little Place on the North Side: A History of Triumph, Mostly Defeat, and Incurable Hope at Wrigley Field

by George Will

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ISBN-13: 9780385349321
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,083,685
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

GEORGE F. WILL is one of the most widely read writers in the world, with his twice-weekly syndicated column appearing in more than five hundred newspapers and online news sources. He is a Fox News contributor and the author of thirteen books, including Men at Work, With a Happy Eye But . . ., Bunts, The Woven Figure, and One Man’s America. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and the Bradley Prize for outstanding intellectual achievement, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
NorthSideFour More than 1 year ago
Once upon a time, when my day started with a quick run or a dog walk around the neighborhood, and every day was sunny but not too hot, I would occasionally stop at the ticket window to see if they had any of those $15 day of game bleacher tickets. And more often than not, certainly more often than I should have, I would buy one and spend my afternoon, not in my broom closet turned office doing work that I actually hated, but in the beautiful bleachers at Wrigley Field, with 3,000 others who also hated their job or were happily unemployed.* My mornings no longer start with a run, the dog died, my job is not so bad and bleacher tickets cost over $50; I hardly spend anytime at Wrigley, a very nice place just down the street, my favorite place to be on a summer afternoon. George Will shares my love of Wrigley, which he writes about in A Nice Little Place on the North Side. Will, conservative columnist and Cubs fan, ambles through the history of Wrigley Field with the pace of a lazy summer day. His anecdotal tour of Wrigley, and the Cubs, is a delightful and engaging read, the past easily building the story of modern day Wrigley. Will, born a Cubs fan, covers not only the history of the ball park but how that history plays a key part in the Cubs consistently dismal summer standings. Only one other team in Major League Baseball is so closely tied to a stadium, and they seem to have figured out how to win, not so the Cubs. Is it true, that the beauty and experience of Wrigley, the friendly confines, contributes in part to the Cubs consistently lackluster performance? Will's writing is engaging and clever, and full of arcane stories that all come together to create a historical portrait of a beloved team playing in an equally beloved ballpark. Will's story is not just a birthday card, it's a delightful romp through one hundred years of baseball, Wrigley, Cubs and heartache. Through Blogging for Books, I received a review copy of this book. *See Elia's infamous tirade, "don't these people have jobs?"
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I thoroughly enjoyed tis book. A fascinating history of baseball itself & even some laugh out loud moments. A little heavy on the facts & figures, but Will is a newspaper man. I now understand why we ( the Cubs) have been "rebuilding" for 100 yrs.
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
As a diehard Cubs fan, I eagerly anticipated this sojourn into Wrigley Field.  Will presents a multitude of Wrigley Field tidbits, but misses the essence of the story.  Will jumps around too much in relating a story, and I could not pass second base.  I remember the joys of Ladies' Day and the hoopla of the seventh inning stretch.  Ernie Banks would wander throughout the stadium before a game.  Of course, the breeze from lake Michigan would send chills throughout your body in the late afternoon.  Will drilled home the facts of the players, but missed why the fans have been so loyal after all these years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walked by on way to school L.V. '45
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jlbrun More than 1 year ago
A very good book with lots of interesting History of Wrigley Field, several Cub and other players and just Chicago in general. I highly recommend it for Baseball Fans.