Author Event: David Rapp and Leslie Heaphy on Chicago Baseball History
Join us for an evening of baseball, history, and readings with David Rapp and Leslie Heaphy!
Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America
Their names were chanted, crowed, and cursed. If you were a Chicagoan, you loved them. If you loved any other team, you hated them. Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance were the most feared double plays in baseball and together they helped forge one of the sport’s first dynasties. They led the Cubs to four pennants and two World Series championships from 1906 through 1910 and they helped spread “baseball fever” across the nation.
Tinker to Evers to Chance is the story of how these three disparate—and often clashing—men formed one of the first dynasties in baseball. It’s also a look at how baseball transformed from a diversion to a national pastime. The early Cubs were the first sports team that might legitimately be called “America’s team.” And Tinker, Evers, and Chance were the powerhouse trio that launched the Cubs into the national spotlight.
Tinker to Evers to Chance brings to life the rivalries, the passions, and the games that made up this formative time. It’s the extraordinary tale of the three men at the heart of baseball’s coming-of-age in America.
David Rapp has been a political journalist and publishing executive in Washington, DC, for more than thirty years. He is the former editor of Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call. He got his start covering Indiana sports for his hometown Evansville Press.
Black Baseball and Chicago: Essays on the Players, Teams and Games of the Negro Leagues' Most Important City
Founded in 1920, the Negro National League originally comprised teams throughout the Midwest, but the league’s groundwork was laid in one city—Chicago. Two of the season’s eight inaugural teams were based in the South Side, which was also the adopted home of Rube Foster, the “Father of the Negro Leagues.”
Black Baseball and Chicago offers a cohesive history of Chicago’s long relationship with black baseball. It covers early Chicago baseball from the nineteenth century to the founding of the Negro Leagues; teams in the Negro Leagues after 1920; players, both well-known and obscure, who spent significant time with Chicago clubs; owners and managers; the East-West All Star Game; ballparks; the Great Lakes Naval Team; and the integration of the Cubs and White Sox.
Leslie Heaphy is associate professor of history at Kent State University, and publishes in the area of the Negro Leagues and women’s baseball. She is the editor of Black Baseball and Chicago and coeditor of Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball. She has been member of the Society for America Baseball Research since 1989 and currently serves as its vice president.