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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Warren Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Other

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1894 in Somersville, California

-- Warren Brown on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

The author was a Chicago based sportswriter for many years.

Biographical and Professional Information

The author is credited with coining the nicknames, "The Galloping Ghost" for Red Grange and "The Sultan of Swat" for Babe Ruth.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


Reilly and Lee. 1931

The Chicago Cubs (Writing Baseball)
ISBN: 0809323680

Southern Illinois University Press. 2001

First published in 1946, Warren Brown’s history of the Cubs, like Frederick G. Lieb’s history of the St. Louis Cardinals, was commissioned by G. P. Putnam’s Sons. Brown begins with the founding of the National League—with the Cubs as a charter member—in 1876 and continues through the 1945 World Series, which the Cubs lost to the Detroit Tigers.

Brown, of course, covers the Hall of Fame Cub infield of (Joe) Tinker to (Johnny) Evers to (Frank) Chance, the most memorable double-play combination in the history of baseball. Other legendary Cubs and their illustrious opponents include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Adrian C. “Cap” Anson, Phil Cavaretta, Ty Cobb, Mickey Cochrane, Rip Collins, Kiki Cuyler, Dizzy Dean, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Hank Greenberg, Charlie Grimm, Lefty Grove, Stan Hack, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, Pepper Martin, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Pie Traynor, and Hack Wilson.

In his final chapter, Brown discusses and compiles what he calls the “All-Time Chicago National League Baseball Squad,” with two to five players listed for each position (more for pitchers). Brown also includes Cubs “statistical addenda,” such as home run leaders, leading pitchers, World Series records, and the Cubs versus White Sox “city series” records. The book is illustrated with twenty-two photographs.

Win, lose, or draw
ISBN: B0007E6R92

G.P. Putnam's Sons. 1947

Memoir from the legendary sports editor of the "Chicago Sun" newspaper of the 1910's - 1940s:

The Chicago White Sox (Writing Sports Series)
ISBN: 087338895X

The Kent State University Press. 2007

A facsimile reproduction of the 1952 history of the White Sox

Warren Brown’s team history of the Chicago White Sox originally appeared in 1952 as part of the celebrated series of major league team histories published by G. P. Putnam. With their colorful prose and delightful narratives, the Putnam books have been described as the Cadillac of team histories and have become prized collectibles for baseball readers and historians.

In telling the story of the White Sox, Warren Brown recounts the almost incredible adventures of “the Hitless Wonders” who stole the pennant in 1906 with a team batting average of only .228. Among the many stories is an account of a round-the-world exhibition tour that Charles Comiskey’s White Sox and John McGraw’s Giants made in 1913. The climax of the tour came when the two clubs played before George V of England, who, after an White Sox rally had been nipped by a pop-up to the Giants’ third baseman, turned to his interpreter and remarked, “A most useful catch, was it not?”

But it is the infamous team of 1919 that is the author’s major focus. This team was an overwhelming favorite to win the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, but eight White Sox players accepted bribes from gamblers to fix the Series. The players were eventually banned from baseball and branded by history as the notorious Black Sox.