1,001 Days in the Bleachers

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2868-2
Publication Date
March 2013
Page Count
286 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

1,001 Days in the Bleachers

A Quarter Century of Chicago Sports
Ted Cox

Loyal sports fans follow their teams through peaks and valleys, but in no other city have fans experienced the highs and lows of Chicagoans in the past generation. This collection of Ted Cox’s greatest hits writing "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader from 1983 to 2008 constitutes an intimate history of Chicago teams during these years. From the triumphs—the six titles won by the Bulls, the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, and the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005—to the regularly occurring collapses of the Cubs, Cox puts his audience on the scene. He evokes the fan’s experience with a level of vivid detail now nearly extinct from sports journalism. Cox writes like an ordinary observer who just happens to have excellent seats and easy access to the players and coaches. 1,001 Days in the Bleachers stands not only as a chronicle of Chicago’s teams but also as a portrait of the evolution of professional sports and their place in the life of the city.

About the Author

Ted Cox has worked as a journalist in Chicago since 1981. From 1983 to 2008, he wrote "The Sports Section" for the Chicago Reader. From 1994 to 2011, he wrote for the Daily Herald, covering local politics and sports and writing reviews of music, theater, books, and television.


"Ted Cox is a fixture on the Chicago sports scene, and 1,001 Days in the Bleachers captures some of the truly great moments in the history of sports in the Windy City. His eyewitness account of the amazing run of Michael Jordan and the Bulls puts the reader courtside reliving the glory days!" —David Kaplan, Comcast SportsNet/WGN Radio

"This is Chicago sportswriting as it oughta be, on anybody's page. Ted Cox strikes that perfect balance between light prose, dry humor, and sharp insight, tearing into topics when they've earned his ire." —Christina Kahrl, ESPN.com

Ted Cox has the rare ability to intellectualize sports, while also accessing the emotions of a fan—the guy on the bar stool next to you. He's funny and can be delightfully irreverent. That's why 1,001 Days in the Bleachers will e a decidedly refreshing journal of Chicago sports." —Dan McNeil, 670 The Score, WSCR Sports Radio, Chicago

"No matter what the story, Tex Cox's wit, sarcasm, and insight always come through." —Mark Giangreco, ABC 7 Chicago