Next Presentation:  Thursday, January 19, 2017 

Author and Sports Historian 

 

           

        Author and sports historian Charles N. Billington is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently working as an administrator in rehabilitation.  He has over thirty years of experience in the areas of disabilities and senior care, both administratively and clinically.  Billington’s clinical work in senior care with some elderly professional baseball players was the inspiration for his first book, Wrigley Field’s Last World Series: The Wartime Chicago Cubs & The Pennant of 1945, published in 2005 by Lake Claremont Press.   Billington has also written three feature articles for the Chicago Old Timers’ Baseball Association, two articles for the  Nostalgia Digest Journal, and two  e-magazine articles on baseball history. He currently has about 25 speaking engagements a year on topics dealing with the history of professional athletics. In May 2012 the Library Administrators Council of Illinois (LACONI) put Charles on their coveted “Best of the Best” list, a compilation of the twelve best presenters that Illinois libraries have experienced over a span of three years. Other distinguished recognitions he has received include a presentation and lecture at the Illinois Center for the Book convention, in March 2005; leading a panel discussion at the Chicago Tribune’s Printer’s Row Literary Festival in June 2006; and an appearance at Illinois Librarian’s Convention in October 2006.  Lastly Billington was asked to participate in  Chicago’s Principal For A Day program for six consecutive years. 

  

             Billington’s following became national when he was selected to be one of the moderators on eight of the thirteen episodes of Fox Sports Nets’ documentary,

Baseball’s Golden Age. Another notable television achievement occurred in 2006, when he was asked to help create The Tragic Story of Eddie Waitkus for the late John Calloway’s award-winning series, Chicago Stories.   Other television appearances include interviews on public television in Springfield, Illinois and WTTW Chicago’s  Chicago Tonight,  both in 2005; the CBS Morning News (Opening Day, 2008); and three times on Comcast Cable Television’s Pro Sport Report with Jim Kapsa.  Charles was also interviewed for C-Span’s Book World in June 2011. Billington is also heard quite frequently on radio.  His radio appearances include WGN’s The Sunday Papers with Ric Kogan and also Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg, NPR’s 848, WSCR Chicago, and many national ESPN outlets. 

 

         In both his appearances and his writings Billington analyzes his topic outside of its mere historical context, exploring the civic, cultural, economic, and social significance of the events and drawing comparisons to similarities in contemporary times. In doing so he provides new insights for those who remember and a new understanding of historical events for his younger  followers.  He also has a baseball life on the diamond itself, having played in Chicago’s senior leagues for twelve years.  When not presenting, writing, or playing baseball Billington pursues another serious interest, classical piano.  He may be contacted at cnb1148@sbcglobal.net   



    Next Recital:    Tuesday, January 24, 2017  

  Classical Pianist

Charles Billington has worked for over thirty years as a therapist and administrator specializing in the areas of disabilities and senior care. He is also a published author and frequently presents on baseball history.  Charles and his wife live in the northern suburbs of Chicago.  They have two adult children, a daughter in the Twin Cities and a son in New York City.

           Charles began piano studies at age seven, with significant recognition of his playing occurring three years later. He studied piano at North Park Academy, Northwestern, St. Olaf College, and the American Conservatory of Music. His teachers included Esther Kittlesby, Harold Reever, Gui Mombaerts, Gail Quillman, and Ramon Salvatore. Charles strives to tailor his recitals to the specific audience and often discusses the compositions so that the listener can gain a deeper understanding of his performance. He is comfortable playing in a variety of circumstances and welcomes your inquiries about how to plan a classical piano recital at your venue.


Wedding Day at Troldhaugen


Contacting Charles Billington