In A Nice Little Place
on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a
deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified
home, Wrigley Field, as it turns one hundred years old. Baseball, Will argues,
is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is
considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history?
Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s
meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories
that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley
and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and
scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor,
Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and
what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of
In the end, A Nice
Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark.
It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself. Download and start listening now!