Category Archives: sports history

Big contracts getting signed. Free agents wrangling with owners. Preseason games just over the horizon. Pro football, the most popular of all of America’s homegrown religious faiths, is revving up again. Last weekend, Brit immigrant John Oliver devoted a long segment of Last … Continue reading

The Women’s World Cup reached its conclusion over the weekend. The U.S. team rained early goals on Japan and emerged with a 5-2 victory to win its first Cup since the triumph of the now-iconic 1999 team. Perhaps as noteworthy was the … Continue reading

For the month of July 2015, to coincide with the Major League Baseball All Star Game, we have lowered the e-book list price of three baseball titles in the University of Illinois Press catalog to $2.99. Before the Ivy: The … Continue reading

June 3, or Wednesday if you please, marked the beginning of a sacred holiday. No, not the birthday of Anderson Cooper. June 3 saw the first game in the ritual-rich battle for a thyroidal Canadian tsotchke called the Stanley Cup. Hockey teams … Continue reading

For the tenth consecutive year, the University of Illinois Press will have a large presence at the Chicago Tribune Printers Row Lit Fest.  Festival goers can visit the University of Illinois Press tent on Dearborn Street, between Congress and Polk. … Continue reading

In recent days the big sports media news revolved around ESPN’s Bill Simmons, one of its most popular personalities. Simmons started years ago as the independent Sports Guy, a bro-friendly, pop culture-drenched writer who gained eyeballs handicapping pro tennis’s foxiest … Continue reading

This morning our scandal-addled zeitgeist turns its attention to professional football, where the New England Patriots stand accused, and more or less convicted, of deflating balls for a playoff game versus the arch-rival Indianapolis Colts. Why deflate a football? It makes … Continue reading

Today we celebrate the release of David W. Zang’s poignant and hilarious sports memoir I Wore Babe Ruth’s Hat: Field Notes from a Life in Sports. Long celebrated as one of sports history’s most engaging stylists, Zang reports from the … Continue reading

Baseball on Trial by Nathaniel Grow is co-winner of the 2015 Larry Ritter Book Award from the Society of American Baseball Research. The award recognizes the best new baseball book primarily set in the Deadball Era (1901-1919) published during the … Continue reading

Laurent Pernot is the executive vice chancellor of the City Colleges of Chicago. Pernot came to the U.S. as a Chicago-area foreign-exchange student in 1988 and caught ’89 Cubs playoff fever. He answered some questions about his book Before the Ivy: The … Continue reading