Episode Six, Wherein the History of Chicago is Explored


After the Cubs moved to the North Side of the city, a strong geographic rivalry took hold between the north side Cub fans and south side White Sox fans. In this episode, we take a look at how that rivalry developed and how each region of the city began to round into shape. Peter Alter of the Chicago History Museum and historian Richard Lindberg join in to break down the history of Chicago and how baseball fits into all of it.

Extra Notes

  • Lake View was incorporated as a city in 1887 after originally forming as Lake View Township in 1857. It was annexed to Chicago in 1889 despite considerable protests from some of its residents.
  • Chicago’s is baseball’s oldest city rivalry. They’ve been in the same Major League city together for 119 years. The second oldest is the Giants and Dodgers, who cohabited New York for 60 years. (It would have been 74 years, but Brooklyn did not technically become part of New York City until 1898.)
  • Officially, there are 77 Chicago neighborhoods. 43 of them are on the south side and 24 on the north.

Sources and generally good reading*

Encyclopedia of Chicago Edited by James R. Grossman, Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff

Stealing First in a Two-Team Town: The White Sox from Comiskey to Reinsdorf by Richard C. Lindberg

City of the Century: The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America by Donald L. Miller

Chicago: From Vision to Metropolis by Whet Moser

Chicago: A Biography by Dominic A. Pacyga

Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines by Stuart Shea

City of Big Shoulders: A History of Chicago by Robert G. Spinney

*Many books were used to research features of several episodes of this podcast. Each book will be listed only once.

Featured Songs

“I Ain’t Got Nobody” by Fats Waller
“Livery Stable Blues” by The Original Dixieland Jass Band
“Clarinet Marmalade” by Bix Beiderbecke
“St. Louis Blues” by WC Handy
“12th Street Rag” by Jo Ann Castle/Euday Bowman
“Missouri Waltz” by Joseph C. Smith Orchestra

State Street Bridge
The State Street Bridge opening over the Chicago River (Detroit Publishing Company)
The Union Stockyards (Farm Security Administration)