Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club


Mr. Wrigley's Ball Club

Chicago and the Cubs during the Jazz Age

Roberts Ehrgott

514 pages
24 photographs


April 2014


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About the Book

Chicago in the Roaring Twenties was a city of immigrants, mobsters, and flappers with one shared passion: the Chicago Cubs. It all began when the chewing-gum tycoon William Wrigley decided to build the world’s greatest ball club in the nation’s Second City. In this Jazz Age center, the maverick Wrigley exploited the revolutionary technology of broadcasting to attract eager throngs of women to his renovated ballpark.

Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club transports us to this heady era of baseball history and introduces the team at its crazy heart—an amalgam of rakes, pranksters, schemers, and choirboys who take center stage in memorable successes, equally memorable disasters, and shadowy intrigue. Readers take front-row seats to meet Grover Cleveland Alexander, Rogers Hornsby, Joe McCarthy, Lewis “Hack” Wilson, Gabby Hartnett. The cast of characters also includes their colorful if less-extolled teammates and the Cubs’ nemesis, Babe Ruth, who terminates the ambitions of Mr. Wrigley’s ball club with one emphatic swing.


Author Bio

Roberts Ehrgott has written for and edited several national publications, including the Saturday Evening Post. He served as a historical consultant for Mark Jacob and Stephen Green’s Wrigley Field: A Celebration of the Friendly Confines.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   000

1. The Capital of Baseball    000

2. Samples of Baseball  000

3. The Age of Wilson Begins   000

4. The McCarthymen Take the Stage   000

5. My Dad the Sportswriter    000

6. To Paradise and Back 000

7. "A Sort of Frenzy"   000

8. McCarthy's Debacle   000

9. "I Wanted Wilson"    000

10. The Prime of Mr. Hack Wilson    000

11. "A Lousy Outfield"  000

12. Room 509      000

13. Informants    000

14. "Nothing to It"     000

15. "No Particular Pal of Mine"     000

16. "That Story Is Terrible, Judge" 000

17. The Natural   000

18. "Mugs . . . Chiselers"    000

Notes 000

Additional Source Comments    000

Bibliography      000Index 000

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