Author John Owens talks about his new book “Chili Dog MVP: Dick Allen, The 1972 White Sox and A Transforming Chicago” and the impact Dick Allen had on the South Side.
More than a baseball book, it is a skillfully written and structured feast of history, politics, race, social commentary, and pure fun.
Its core, of course, is the saga of a superhero who prevails in spite of not just high heat and curve balls, but also racism in American society.
Readers will especially savor your generous helpings of colorful quotes (“You’re in deep shit now”–Mike Andrews to Sparky Lyle); celebrity allusions and anecdotes (Richard Daley, Howard Miller, Falstaff Beer); and, most of all, those wonderful descriptions of climactic moments in pivotal baseball games.
Baseball books are, historically, among the most popular reads. Chili Dog MVP is that and much more.
~ David McGrath, College of DuPage English Professor