In A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at 100, noted columnist and baseball lover, George Will recounts the colorful history of one of the most famous ballparks in America. Although not an extensive account, Will’s well-written story includes vignettes of Ruth, Banks, and Bartman. But “The Friendly Confines” also has connections with American history because of personalities such as Kroc, Reagan, and Ruby. A Nice Little Place on the North Side might also provide an explanation as to why the team Wrigley Field hosts has been so mediocre for so many years. Will’s humor shines throughout the book as he delivers an informative and entertaining read, not just about a field, or a team, but about America.
I became a baseball fan at a very young age, but my family did not have a television, so I grew up listening to games on the radio. As a result, l have a soft spot in my heart for the Cubs. This book intrigued me from the very beginning and I loved it. George Will is a gifted story-teller and an excellent writer. His sense of humor was infectious. There are instances of language, as one might expect. After all, the Cubs haven’t won a World Series in over a hundred years. The book does seem to drop off at the end, but overall is a good read. I recommend A Nice Little Place on the North Side for any fan of the Cubs, of baseball, or of American History.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.