George Castle

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Name: George Castle

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Born in: Chicago Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Castle is an American freelance sports journalist and author, based in Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and makes his home in Morton Grove, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lifelong Chicagoan George Castle has turned an avocation into a vocation. Growing up in Wrigley Field's right-field bleachers and upper-deck grandstand, Castle followed the Cubs as a fan in the 1960s and 1970s before entering the sports media in 1980. He has worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines in covering baseball. Starting in 1994, he covered all Cubs home games, spring training, and postseason runs for The Times of Northwest Indiana, the Chicago- area's fourth-largest daily newspaper. In 1994, Castle also began his syndicated weekly baseball radio show, Diamond Gems, which top baseball newsmakers and often-rare vintage baseball broadcast highlights.

In 1998, Castle ventured into baseball book authorship. He penned books on Harry Caray, Sammy Sosa, and the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. In 2000, he published the previously most comprehensive book on Cubs ownership and management, The Million-To-One Team. Following that work were books on throwback old-school players, baseball's relationship to the media, and a "where are they now" look at former Cubs. In 1994, Castle also began his syndicated weekly radio show, Diamond Gems, which broadcasts top baseball newsmakers and often-rare vintage baseball highlights.

Published Works

Sammy Sosa: Clearing the Vines, Sports Publishing LLC, 1998

Sammy Sosa: Slammin' Sammy, Sports Publishing LLC, 1999

I Remember Harry Caray, Sports Publishing LLC, 1999 - written with Rich Wolfe

The I-55 Series: Cubs Vs. Cardinals, Sports Publishing LLC, 1999 - written with Jim Rygelski

The Million to One Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945, Diamond Communications, 2000

Throwbacks: Old School Players in Today's Game, Potomac Books Inc., 2005

Where Have All Our Cubs Gone?, Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005

Entangled in Ivy: Inside the Cubs' Quest for October , Sports Publishing LLC, 2007

Baseball and The Media: How Fans Lose in Today's Coverage of the Game, Bison Books, 2007

Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout, The Lyons Press, 2009

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Sammy Sosa: Clearing the Vines

ISBN: 158261024X
Release Date: 1998-11-25

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Sammy Sosa Slammin' Sammy (Baseball Superstar)

ISBN: 1582610290
Release Date: 1999-05-01

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I Remember Harry Caray

ISBN: 1582610401
Release Date: 1999-05-01

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The I-55 Series Cubs Vs. Cardinals

ISBN: 1582610320
Release Date: 1999-06-01

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Throwbacks: Old-School Baseball Players in Today's Game

ISBN: 1574886371
Release Date: 2005-02-01

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Entangled in Ivy

ISBN: 1596701897
Release Date: 2007-03-01

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Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside The Dugout

ISBN: 1599215268
Release Date: 2009-03-03

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Literary Awards

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

George Castle on WorldCat

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