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General Information

Name:  George Castle  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;


-- George Castle on WorldCat --

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Sammy Sosa :
ISBN: 158261024X. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©1998.

Sammy Sosa :
ISBN: 1582610290. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. [Champaign, Ill.] :. ©1999.

I remember Harry Caray /
ISBN: 1582610401. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©1998.

The I-55 series :
ISBN: 1582610320. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©1999.

Throwbacks :
ISBN: 1574886371. OCLC Number:

Brassey's, Inc.,. Washington, D.C. :. ©2003.

"Despite its many troubles, baseball still maintains a strong allure. Our love affair with the national pastime continues today thanks in no small part to players who hold fast to old-school values. With Throwbacks: old-school baseball players in today's game, we celebrate them ... In detailing some of the throwbacks in today's game--stars such as Kerry Wood, Greg Maddux, and Jim Thome and role players such as Herbert Perry and Doug Glanville--author George Castle relied on his past coverage of these players, more than a decade's worth with some of them"--Jacket.

Baseball and the media :
ISBN: 0803264690. OCLC Number:

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. ©2006.

"Charting the path of a veteran sports reporter's career, Baseball and the Media traces the changes in baseball coverage from the days of the old-time players and scribes to the no-holds-barred (and no facts checked) sports-talk radio of our time. Along the way, Castle introduces readers to the politics of baseball media (does sports journalism actually have its red and blue states?), documents the transformation of athletes from role models to sports-media celebrities, including emblematic characters such as LaTroy Hawkins and Carl Everett, and illuminates the profound changes in the way sports in general - and baseball in particular - are conveyed to avid consumers, who are the losers in the end."--Jacket.

The million-to-one-team :
ISBN: 1888698314. OCLC Number:

Diamond Communications,. South Bend, IN :. ©2000.

Sweet Lou and the Cubs :
ISBN: 1599215268. OCLC Number:

Lyons Press,. Guilford, Conn. :. ©2009.

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