The New York Times-bestselling history of The us’s most beloved baseball stadium, Wrigley Field, and the Cubs’ century-long seek for World Series glory
In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their ceaselessly beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it enters its second century. Baseball, Will argues, is filled with metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is thought of as one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?
Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable humorousness, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and what assists in keeping long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after such a lot of years of futility.
In any case, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It’s the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of The us itself.