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Name:  George Castle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT



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Castle 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 Information

Lifelong 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.

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