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.

From April 22 to June 24, each Wednesday, Chicago’s Civil War will take 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 Seven, Wherein as Many as Two World Series are Thrown Chicago's Civil War

Between 1917 and 1920, there is no city series. That's because both the Cubs and White Sox have built pennant winners. But with the country on the brink of war, controversy surrounds the 1918 and 1919 seasons. Sean Deveney breaks down a potential fix in the 1918 World Series and Jacob Pomrenke and Richard Lindberg try to make sense of the confirmed fix of 1919.
  1. Episode Seven, Wherein as Many as Two World Series are Thrown
  2. Episode Six, Wherein the History of Chicago is Explored
  3. Episode Five, Wherein the Federal League Tries to Force a Three-Team City Series
  4. Episode Four, Wherein a Stadium Rises, a Dynasty Falls and History is Made
  5. Episode Three, Wherein the World's Series is Played Entirely in Chicago