Chicago’s Civil War

1909 SeriesFor 40 years, the Cubs and White Sox met nearly every October for a best of seven city series. The games were taken seriously in front of sellout crowds. Players earned raises or lost their jobs based on their performance against their crosstown rivals.

Over 11 episodes, Chicago’s Civil War takes an in depth look at these games and the rivalry that they cultivated.

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Episode List

Episode One, Wherein a New League is Established and a Gauntlet Thrown Down

Episode Two, Wherein the City Series is Inaugurated

Episode Three, Wherein the World’s Series is Played Entirely in Chicago

Episode Four, Wherein a Stadium Rises, a Dynasty Falls and History is Made

Episode Five, Wherein the Federal League Tries to Force a Three-Team City Series

Episode Six, Wherein the History of Chicago is Explored

Episode Seven, Wherein as Many as Two World Series are Thrown

Episode Eight, Wherein the Yearly Tradition is Re-established

Episode Nine, Wherein Attendance Soars and the Cubs Get on a Roll

Episode Ten, Wherein the City Series Concludes

Episode Eleven, Wherein the Teams Move on With Their Lives

Episode Eleven, Wherein the Teams Move on With Their Lives Chicago’s Civil War

The Cubs decided not to challenge the White Sox for Chicago supremacy in 1943, and the city series was never played again. For the next half-century, though, the two teams found ways to keep the rivalry afloat until interleague play found its way to the regular season in 1997. Current broadcasters Pat Hughes of the Cubs and Jason Benetti of the White Sox help to wrap up the series as they chime in with their thoughts on how the crosstown series is viewed today.
  1. Episode Eleven, Wherein the Teams Move on With Their Lives
  2. Episode Ten, Wherein the City Series Concludes
  3. Episode Nine, Wherein Attendance Soars and the Cubs Get on a Roll
  4. Episode Eight, Wherein the Yearly Tradition is Re-established
  5. Episode Seven, Wherein as Many as Two World Series are Thrown