Individual Author Record
Name: George CastlePen Name: None Genre: C:ADULT Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionCastle is an American freelance sports journalist and author, based in Chicago. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois and makes his home in Morton Grove, Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationLifelong Chicagoan George Castle has turned an avocation into a vocation. Growing up in Wrigley Field's right-field bleachers and upper-deck grandstand, Castle followed the Cubs as a fan in the 1960s and 1970s before entering the sports media in 1980. He has worked for a variety of newspapers and magazines in covering baseball. Starting in 1994, he covered all Cubs home games, spring training, and postseason runs for ''The Times of Northwest Indiana'', the Chicago- area's fourth-largest daily newspaper. In 1994, Castle also began his syndicated weekly baseball radio show, ''Diamond Gems'', which top baseball newsmakers and often-rare vintage baseball broadcast highlights. In 1998, Castle ventured into baseball book authorship. He penned books on Harry Caray, Sammy Sosa, and the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry. In 2000, he published the previously most comprehensive book on Cubs ownership and management, ''The Million-To-One Team''. Following that work were books on throwback old-school players, baseball's relationship to the media, and a "where are they now" look at former Cubs. In 1994, Castle also began his syndicated weekly radio show, ''Diamond Gems'', which broadcasts top baseball newsmakers and often-rare vintage baseball highlights.
''Sammy Sosa: Clearing the Vines'', Sports Publishing LLC, 1998''Sammy Sosa: Slammin' Sammy'', Sports Publishing LLC, 1999''I Remember Harry Caray'', Sports Publishing LLC, 1999 - written with Rich Wolfe''The I-55 Series: Cubs Vs. Cardinals'', Sports Publishing LLC, 1999 - written with Jim Rygelski''The Million to One Team: Why the Chicago Cubs Haven't Won a Pennant Since 1945'', Diamond Communications, 2000''Throwbacks: Old School Players in Today's Game'', Potomac Books Inc., 2005''Where Have All Our Cubs Gone?'', Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005''Entangled in Ivy: Inside the Cubs' Quest for October '', Sports Publishing LLC, 2007''Baseball and The Media: How Fans Lose in Today's Coverage of the Game'', Bison Books, 2007''Sweet Lou and the Cubs: A Year Inside the Dugout'', The Lyons Press, 2009