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Summer 2014

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Chicago History







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Chicago Historical Society


Few Chicagoans have transformed American sports as much as Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Reinsdorf Since 1980, when he was named the head men's basketball coach at Duke University, Krzyzewski has won four National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships and led the United States national basketball team to gold medals in the 2010 world championships and the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. His 957 victories after the 2013 season make him the winningest basketball coach in major college basketball history. Reinsdorf is the chairman and owner of two of the city's most beloved professional franchises: the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox. His teams have delivered a combined seven world championship titles to the ciry. During the 1990s, the Bulls captured six championships (1991-93, 1996-98) and were the most dominant professional team in the United States. Reinsdorf was also responsible for the construction of three major sporrs facilities: New Comiskey Park (1990), now U.S. Cellular Field; the United Center (1994); and the Sheri L. Berto Center (1992) in suburban Deerfield. In 2005, when the Chicago White Sox won the World Series, he became only the third owner in the history of North American sports to win championships in two different sports.




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