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koch44
06-15-2006, 04:52 PM
Richard Roeper's new book, "Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz," is out now. I just picked up a copy at Barnes and Noble for $19.95. Just an fyi if anyone is interested, looks to be a great read.:smile:

LuvSox
06-15-2006, 04:58 PM
Cool, will have to pick it up tomorrow. Thanks for the tip.

cbotnyse
06-15-2006, 04:59 PM
I enjoy reading Roeper's column....I might pick this up, thanks.

Baby Fisk
06-15-2006, 05:06 PM
cover linky (http://img222.imageshack.us/img222/1960/roeper0fy.jpg)

Book Description
Over the last 40 years, Richard Roeper has attended White Sox games, watching as his team established a losing streak that was almost unparalleled in major league baseball history. In this account of what it was like to grow up a White Sox fan in a Cubs nation, Roeper covers the recent history of the organization, from the heartbreak of 1967 and the South-Side Hit Men to the disco demolition and the magical 2005 season when they became world champions. Encapsulating what it means to be a baseball fan, root for the same sorry team no matter what, and find vindication, this history of the White Sox is flavored with trivia; anecdotes about players, owners, and broadcasters; plus Roeper’s own humorous and personal reminiscences.

Lip Man 1
06-15-2006, 05:11 PM
Richard Roeper......hmmmmm....me thinks he may be a good interview subject.

:rolleyes:

Lip

SBSoxFan
06-15-2006, 06:49 PM
watching as his team established a losing streak that was almost unparalleled in major league baseball history.

Who wrote this description, the trib? :redneck

Please. If they were that bad, they would've had at least 1 first-round draft pick in the last 15 years. :rolleyes:

RadioheadRocks
06-15-2006, 07:57 PM
Coolness! Didn't think this book would be out until later this year. :D:
Oh yeah and one of these too! :bandance:

SweetnesSox
06-15-2006, 08:09 PM
they would've had at least 1 first-round draft pick in the last 15 years.

:?: are you referring to the stat that the sox haven't picked in the top-ten of an MLB draft for however many years?

koch44
06-15-2006, 08:59 PM
I hope that he didn't write this, but in the middle of the book they have pages with pictures through the years at Comiskey, and to the side of a picture with Reggie Jackson the caption says, "My brother snapped Reggie Jackson in the days before Sox fans were running onto the field to tackle coaches and frighten umpires.":angry: :rolleyes:

I want Mags back
06-16-2006, 11:59 AM
I'll half to pick that up to read on my plane ride to Israel

koch44
06-16-2006, 12:49 PM
WSI is mentioned in the book between pages 110 and 111.:gulp:

He goes into detail about site features, mainly about the audio clips.

Wsoxmike59
06-17-2006, 12:02 PM
Richard Roeper's new book, "Sox and the City: A Fan's Love Affair with the White Sox from the heartbreak of '67 to the Wizards of Oz," is out now.

Hmmmm I wonder where Richard Roeper would ever get an idea for a book about that?? Sounds awfully similar dontcha think??

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0971419507/sr=8-1/qid=1150563407/ref=sr_1_1/002-1671274-3145620?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Chips
06-17-2006, 12:19 PM
Hmmmm I wonder where Richard Roeper would ever get an idea for a book about that?? Sounds awfully similar dontcha think??

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0971419507/sr=8-1/qid=1150563407/ref=sr_1_1/002-1671274-3145620?%5Fencoding=UTF8

Wasn't this guy at SoxFest?

Wsoxmike59
06-17-2006, 12:28 PM
Yes he was, his new book is about the 1977 Southside Hitmen Season, and his follow up book to Through Hope and Despair was 1959 and Beyond.

I haven't bought the Hitmen Book yet, but plan on doing so.

viagracat
06-17-2006, 01:39 PM
Always liked Roeper's column. Dolton native; a real South Sider. True Sox fan. A guy I'd like to have some beers with.

OK, enough of that. I'll step up and get his book.

russ99
06-23-2006, 11:26 AM
I picked up the book yesterday, and it is exceptional.

I'm half done already! Total South-side neighorhood guy writes about his experiences with the Sox.

Big props to Richard.

Irishsox1
06-23-2006, 12:39 PM
Roeper's book is short story that would be best descried as light reading. The book is his story as a Sox fan through the years and tells the story of the 2005 season simultaneously.

My complaints with the book is that he doesn't write about the World Series. He tells you about all of types of different games that he went to, starting with his first game including the Disco Demolition game up to and including the AJK game, but when the World Series comes up, all he has is the re-print of his Sun-Times post world series article. It would have been nice to read what he did when the Sox won, his take on the games and how the city reacted to first championship in 88 years.

The other complaint is that he has some mistakes. He wrote that Don Dyrsdale was the TV announcer in 1993 and he wrote the 2000 Sox won 99 games. There are a couple of more mistakes, but I can't think of them right now.

The book feels like a rush job and it could have been a lot better. Roeper had 40 plus years to write about the Sox first world series and he comes out with this book. A missed opportunity to say something really interesting.

RadioheadRocks
07-13-2006, 12:39 AM
The other complaint is that he has some mistakes. He wrote that Don Dyrsdale was the TV announcer in 1993 and he wrote the 2000 Sox won 99 games. There are a couple of more mistakes, but I can't think of them right now.

One HUGE mistake I caught was among the photo captions, where it mentions JOSE (???!!!???) Cruz scoring the clinching run back in 1983.

On the whole though, this was a very interesting read, and I enjoyed the sidebars/feature boxes sprinkled throughout the book as well. :D:

Jerko
07-13-2006, 09:35 AM
Well, I am supposed to be getting Roeper's book for my b-day, so I hope it's as good as it sounds in russ99's post. :cool:

Uncle_Patrick
07-13-2006, 09:52 AM
I just ordered this from Amazon after flipping through it at Border's last night. Seems like a pretty good read.

roylestillman
07-13-2006, 10:11 AM
I feel like I should be getting a royalty check for writing my life story. He talks about a game he used to play which he calls "off the steps" or something like that, where you bounced a tennis ball off your front steps and you got a single, double, etc. depending on how far it went. In my neighborhhod we called it "Bounce and Fly" I never see it played anymore.

bryPt
07-13-2006, 11:38 AM
$12.95 at Amazon.com, if you have Amazon Prime, ships free, no taxes. Will have it tomorrow.

southside rocks
07-13-2006, 11:43 AM
Richard Roeper......hmmmmm....me thinks he may be a good interview subject.

:rolleyes:

Lip

I think that would be a terrific interview. I hope you do it.

Roeper became a Sox fan the same year I did (1967), and I enjoyed every bit of his book. It's one I'll re-read every year, I expect.

Iwritecode
07-13-2006, 12:09 PM
Wasn't this guy at SoxFest?

He's also a member (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=74060).

1917
07-13-2006, 03:35 PM
He made a couple errors on years, scores, ect and he said he was born at Little Company in Oak LAwn, and it's in Evergreen, but all in all a great book and he is a true fan, and a real Cubs hater!

TommyJohn
07-13-2006, 06:03 PM
I had to laugh at one part of the book, on page 23:

"The all-time single-season home run record for the Sox was 29, held
jointly by the nearly immortal Gus Zernial and the not-even-close-to
immortal Eddie Williams."

So "not-even-close-to-immortal" is he that Roeper didn't remember his
name correctly. He was Eddie Robinson, not Williams. Robinson's other
claim to White Sox fame was becoming the first Sox to hit a home run
onto the roof of the old Comiskey Park.

I felt like writing to Roeper to let him know this, but I figured he'd sit
down with that smug smirk on his face and give me a smug reply about
how he has a life, so I didn't bother.

PeteWard
07-14-2006, 07:52 AM
I feel like I should be getting a royalty check for writing my life story. He talks about a game he used to play which he calls "off the steps" or something like that, where you bounced a tennis ball off your front steps and you got a single, double, etc. depending on how far it went. In my neighborhhod we called it "Bounce and Fly" I never see it played anymore.

My God I remember playing that as a kid in the 60's --sometimes alone for hours.

Now I have the Internet!

AJTrenkle
07-14-2006, 03:53 PM
He made a couple errors on years, scores, ect and he said he was born at Little Company in Oak LAwn, and it's in Evergreen, but all in all a great book and he is a true fan, and a real Cubs hater!

This last part is good to know! Does he say it in the book?

sullythered
07-14-2006, 04:02 PM
He made a couple errors on years, scores, ect and he said he was born at Little Company in Oak LAwn, and it's in Evergreen, but all in all a great book and he is a true fan, and a real Cubs hater!
He also called Dustin Hermanson "Dusty" a couple of times, which was a little annoying. The book, all in all though, was enjoyable.

Wsoxmike59
07-14-2006, 07:12 PM
I feel like I should be getting a royalty check for writing my life story. He talks about a game he used to play which he calls "off the steps" or something like that, where you bounced a tennis ball off your front steps and you got a single, double, etc. depending on how far it went. In my neighborhhod we called it "Bounce and Fly" I never see it played anymore.

Exactly how I feel roylestillman. I'm same age as Roeper and share so many of the same similar life experiences.

I remember the game with the rubber ball off the front steps. Growing up on the SW side of Chicago near Midway Airport kind of 1/2 way between West Lawn and Marquette Park we played that game too and called it "Three Outs"

When we played the game with the painted or chalked strike zone on the wall, we called it "Fast Pitching"

By the time I got to High School I was surprised to hear other kids called that game "Swift" and the game played bouncing the ball off the stairs they called "Pinners" ?? :?:

I said how in the Hell did you get that name for the game from bouncing a rubber ball off the steps trying to make it land in the street on a fly?? Pinners....I still dont' get it.

soxwon
07-14-2006, 07:19 PM
I lived in the western burbs as a kid
i would go to the grade school down the street
with a rubber ball and mitt.
find the tallest side of the school
and throw the ball off the bricks of the school wall
catch it and pretend i was in a big league game.
It taught a kid to catch and throw far .
the glory days of the 60's and early 70's.