This study group will focus on our own city. We will read From Black Sox to Three-Peats, A Century of Chicago’s Sportswriting from the Tribune, Sun Times and Other Newspapers (University of Chicago Press, 2013) edited by Ron Rapoport, which covers Chicago’s rich history of sports and the writing about it. In addition to being a great sports town, Chicago has been home to many talented writers. While the book includes memorable stories about all sports, we will focus on baseball. There are stories about many of the most fascinating characters from our past, from Bill Veeck to Harry Caray, and even an infamous goat. Each week study group members will select a few of the short stories, usually newspaper columns, and supplement them with related articles, memories, and even sports memorabilia from our basements and attics. We will of course also engage in our usual stimulating discussions about the pennant races and playoff games in October.