Category Archives: sports history

Tonight, the world courts apocalypse, as the Chicago Cubs play the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National League’s wild card game. A Cub victory would send the team into the next round of the playoffs and, in theory, give them an opportunity … Continue reading

September 22, 1927. The date of The Long Count, one of most memorable moments in the annals of pugilism. In this corner, the heavyweight champion of the world, Gene Tunney, the Fighting Marine. Opposing him: Jack Dempsey, the Manassa Mauler, … Continue reading

Baseball had been a popular pastime in Japanese American communities for years prior to World War Two. When the incarceration of people of Japanese descent finally ended, players and fans returned to their leagues, particularly in California and Hawaii. Japan, … Continue reading

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