Charlie Murphy: The Iconoclastic Showman Behind the Chicago Cubs


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University of Nebraska Press
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6.5 X 9.4 X 1.3 inches | 1.6 pounds
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About the Author

Jason Cannon worked in collegiate sports information before turning to teaching and writing. His articles have appeared in NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture.


"Over the first couple of decades of the twentieth century, Cubs owner and general manager Charles Murphy was as significant as any executive in baseball and one of its most interesting characters. Jason Cannon perceptively unwraps the man who oversaw Cubs championship seasons and was a principal actor in some of the era's most notable controversies and boardroom battles."--Daniel R. Levitt, coauthor of In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to "Moneyball"

"Impeccably researched and masterfully written, Charlie Murphy tells the story of one of baseball's most well-known, forgotten owners. Only after you've read it do you realize how much you didn't know of Murphy and his impact on the game."--Willie Steele, editor of NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture

"Part exuberant showman and part irreverent iconoclast, Charles W. Murphy eventually aroused the ire of players, fans, and even the baseball establishment with his controversial decisions, which eventually led to his undoing. Jason Cannon deftly uses hundreds of articles, documents, interviews, and other original sources to look past Murphy's reputation as an egotistical blowhard and reassess both his personal life and professional career. In so doing, the author reveals a detailed narrative of the Progressive Era and a compelling, richly nuanced portrait of one of baseball's most colorful characters."--Jack Bales, author of Before They Were the Cubs