Charles N. Billington
Pen Name: None
Born: 1948 in Evanston, Illinois
Billington was born in Evanston and currently lives in Glenco.
Biographical and Professional Information
Charles N. Billington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of experience in mental health. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota he received his Master's Degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has worked as an administrator, psychotherapist, and consultant, most recently specializing in work with the elderly.
A three-sport athlete in high school who played baseball at the collegiate level, he combined his background in sports and his interest in history with his work with senior citizens to write about Wrigley Field's last World Series, World War II–era baseball, and the 1945 Cubs. The fascinating recollections of two elderly baseball players who came to Mr. Billington for assistance and became the inspiration for Wrigley Field's Last World Series.
Charles grew up in the Chicago area and lives in the northern suburbs with his wife of 25 years and two children. His hobbies include boating, playing the piano, and playing outfield in the Chicago North Men's Senior Baseball League.
- Wrigley Field`s Last World Series, The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1943, Lake Claremont Press, 2005
Titles at Your Library
Wrigley Field's Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1945
Release Date: 2005-05
Charles was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes, contact Lake Claremont Press:
Karen Formanski @ Lake Claremont Press
4650 N. Rockwell Street
Chicago, Illinois 60625
Billington is available for print, radio, and television interviews. Suggested topics include:
- The history of the Cubs prior to World War II
- The effects of World War II on Major League Baseball
- An overview of National League teams during the 1945 season
- Inning-by-inning accounts of key games in the 1945 pennant race and World Series
- Analysis of baseball today in contrast to baseball of 1945
- Comparing current efforts of the Chicago Cubs with their 1945 counterparts
- The inspiration for this true and heart-breaking account of the 1945 Chicago Cubs season
Some specific program titles include:
Wrigley Field’s Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs and the Pennant of 1945
Author and sports historian Charles Billington discusses the Chicago Cubs as an athletic, business, and social institution ingrained into Chicago’s cultural fabric. Billington explores the Chicago Cubs’ domination during the team’s first 70 years of existence (1876-1945) and the profound effects World War II had on baseball. Billington’s program includes rare film footage of the 1945 World Series alongside 1940’s music dealing with the war and baseball. (Pre-teens to adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)
Wrigley Field’s Last World Championship: The 1963 Chicago Bears and the Fall of the House of Halas
Sports historian Charles Billington discusses one of sport’s most dominant and colorful teams – the 1963 Chicago Bears championship squad. Playing at the start of pro football’s “modern age” under legendary owner/coach George Halas, the 1963 Bears put an indelible stamp on their profession; yet, their success sparked Halas’ downfall. The Bears’ contribution to the social and economic fabric of Chicago is also discussed along with analysis of rare film footage of the 1963 season. (Pre-teens to Adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)
Comiskey Park’s Last World Series: The Go-Go White Sox and the Pennant of 1959
The 1959 Chicago White Sox were the South Side’s first pennant winners in 40 years, but their success played in front of a tragic backdrop: one of Chicago’s first families locked in a bitter legal battle for control of a prized heirloom, the team itself. Sports historian Charles Billington delves into this history, which includes a film analysis of the 1959 World Series as well as a legal and business history of the 1950s-era baseball industry. (Pre-teens to Adults; 100 min; $175 negotiable)
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