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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eldon Ham  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Ham received his B. S. from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his J. D. from Chicago-Kent in 1976.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eldon Ham has taught sports law at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 1994 and was one of the first lawyers to challenge the NFL’s drug policy in court (Richard Dent v. NFL, 1988). He is the sports legal analyst for WSCR sports radio in Chicago and has appeared on dozens of radio stations coast to coast as a sports lawyer, expert, and historian. He is also the author of ''The Playmasters: From Sellouts to Lockouts—An Unauthorized History of the NBA''; ''Larceny & Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League Baseball''; and ''Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on Radio and Television''. He lives near Chicago.

Published Works

  • The 100 Greatest Sports Blunders of All Time , Masters Press, 1998
  • The Playmasters: From Sellouts to Lockouts-An Unauthorized History of the NBA , Contemporary Books, 2000
  • Larceny And Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League, Academy Chicago Publishers, 2005
  • Broadcasting Baseball: A history of the National Pastime on Radio and Television, McFarland, 2011
  • All the Babe's Men: Baseball's Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America, Potomac Books Inc., 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

The 100 greatest sports blunders of all time /
ISBN: 1570281599. OCLC Number:

Masters Press,. Indianapolis, IN :. 1997.

The playmasters :
ISBN: 0809226022. OCLC Number:

Contemporary Books,. Lincolnwood, Ill. :. ©2000.

Larceny & old leather :
ISBN: 0897335333. OCLC Number:

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Every baseball player from little league to the big leagues knows it is illegal to steal signs, yet every major league team assigns someone to do just that. Baseball thrives on trickery and deception. But as our oldest major team sport, its larcenous legacy goes much deeper than the field of play. In LARCENY AND OLD LEATHER: THE MISCHIEVOUS LEGACY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, Eldon Ham-sports lawyer, professor, and author-traces the game's lesser-known, roguish past. His wry chapters, filled with anecdotes and statistics, expose both the hidden and the obvious cheating occurring th.

Broadcasting baseball :
ISBN: 0786446447. OCLC Number:

McFarland,. Jefferson, N.C. :. ©2011.

"This work covers the development of the baseball broadcasting industry from the first telegraph reports, the influence of early pioneers at Pittsburgh's KDKA and Chicago's WGN, including the first World Series, the launch of the Telstar Satellite, the Carlton Fisk homerun in 1975 World Series, through New Millenium computer graphics, HD television, and the Internet"--Provided by publisher.

All the Babe's men :
ISBN: 1597979384. OCLC Number:

Potomac Books,. Washington, D.C. :. [2013]


Broadcasting Baseball

  • Finalist, Book of the Year Awards, ForeWord Magazine , 2012
  • All the Babe's Men

  • Third Place Medal, National IPPY Book Awards, Sports Category, 2014

    Speaking Engagements

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