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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eldon Ham  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT



Illinois Connection

Ham received his B. S. from the University of Illinois in 1974 and his J. D. from Chicago-Kent in 1976.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eldon Ham has taught sports law at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 1994 and was one of the first lawyers to challenge the NFL’s drug policy in court (Richard Dent v. NFL, 1988). He is the sports legal analyst for WSCR sports radio in Chicago and has appeared on dozens of radio stations coast to coast as a sports lawyer, expert, and historian. He is also the author of ''The Playmasters: From Sellouts to Lockouts—An Unauthorized History of the NBA''; ''Larceny & Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League Baseball''; and ''Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on Radio and Television''. He lives near Chicago.

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Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Broadcasting Baseball''''' *Finalist, Book of the Year Awards, ForeWord Magazine , 2012 '''''All the Babe's Men''''' *Third Place Medal, National IPPY Book Awards, Sports Category, 2014