The Chicago White Stockings—later renamed the Cubs—won the inaugural National League Pennant in 1876 with a barrage of offensive numbers. Ross Barnes led the league at a .421 clip, and three other Chicago batters finished among the league’s top five hitters. Even pitcher Al Spalding hit an impressive .312. Thus began the "Northsiders" tradition of producing some of the major leagues’ greatest sluggers—including "Cap" Anson, "Gabby" Hartnett, and "Hack" Wilson. Fielded for the first time with a name that stuck, the Chicago White Sox won the inaugural American League Pennant in 1901, led by Fielder Jones’ .311 average. Built more around pitching than hitting, the team won its first World Series title in 1906 with the nickname "The Hitless Wonders." But the "Southsiders" also put up some lofty offensive numbers with the likes of Shoeless Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins. For Chicago baseball fans, this is a unique visual-historical tour of the city’s rich baseball heritage from the first 75 years.
Softcover, 6 x 9, 128 pgs.
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