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Publisher Description

Now with bonus material on the Chicago Cubs' World Series win, the New York Times-bestselling history of America's most beloved baseball stadium, Wrigley Field, and the Cubs’ century-long search for World Series glory

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 enters its second century. 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.

Sports & Outdoors
March 25
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Swany #1 ,

The Wrigley Thesis ...

A wonderful read on an American sports landmark. Will captures in under 200 pages what Wrigley Field is and what it means to generations of Cubs, and baseball, fans. Mixed with entertaining anecdotes of those that breathed life within the ivy walls at the corner of Clark and Addison, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is a nice little read.

OrangeBowl ,

Nice Essay

I enjoy most of Will's work,this included.However I'm a little annoyed about paying for a book and getting a long essay.

Jerky58 ,

A nice little place on the north side

Wouldn't waste your money

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