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‘JRW’ Chicago’s greatest-ever
baseball love-in

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Sunday, August 24th

George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle

We’ve experienced the greatest love-in in the history of Chicago baseball, and we just can’t believe it’s over.

Jackie Robinson West’s run to the national Little League championship, before it finally bowed to South Korea’s size, strength, pitching and defense in a bid for the world title, represented the finest feel-good story in the 150 years we’ve taken baseball seriously in these parts.

Gladys Jones shows the flag in honor of JRW.

Gladys Jones shows the flag for JRW.

Oh, you’d say the 2005 World Series was pretty uplifting, but also consider that half the town was in a collective frown with their Cubbie Blue smarting on that late October night. And none of the other postseason ventures by both the White Sox and Cubs over the past 100 years have left behind fond memories.        STORY >>


Champs, meet champs - The Cell stages grand welcome as parade stop for triumphant JRW

By Mark Liptak, CBM Contributor
Posted on Wednesday, August 27th

Coach Darold Butler and his JRW players hoist the 2005 World Series trophy by their trolley at U.S. Cellular Field.

Coach Darold Butler and his JRW players hoist the 2005 World Series trophy by their trolley at U.S. Cellular Field.

Champions met on a sun-splashed Wednesday, and history was made again.

Nothing they encountered on their long parade route to Millennium Park likely topped taking possession of the White Sox’s 2005 World Series trophy at U.S. Cellular Field for the United States Little League champion Jackie Robinson West team. Coach Darold Butler and his players clambered off the lead trolley in the parade eastbound on 35th Street as Sox coach Harold Baines, toting the trophy, and team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf greeted the champs.

The group hoisted the trophy high for a minute. Like a magic talisman, it was held close – giving off good vibes — as the players took it aboard the trolley for the home stretch to the rally where they received the same kind of heroes’ welcome the Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls enjoyed over the past two decades.

In keeping with JRW’s stunning achievement that has united a city, if not much of the country, the sight was beyond anyone’s comprehension going into the event. The Sox and the city cooperated in turning the front entrance of The Cell and the curbs of 35th Street as a prime viewing spot for the parade. Newly-minted JRW fans from all over the city began arriving at the end of the morning rush hour, milling about the front plaza, even dancing as a threesome strum some rhythmic background music from the bandstand that normally entertains pregame arrivals to the ballpark.


Jim Landis,
'59 Sox Star

Victor Caratini,
new Cub catcher

Larry Himes
reunites with Thomas

A multi-media celebration of Chicago’s own Double Duty Radcliffe

'Double Duty' Ted Radcliffe: Chicago's own Negro League superstar

Double Duty Ted Radcliffe was Chicago’s own Negro League superstar. Those who knew him and his work insist Duty would have been a star big-leaguer behind the plate and a very competent starting pitcher had the color line not been firmly entrenched in the prime of his career.

In connection with the DD Classic and as a permanent way to honor Duty, the Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting this special tribute to the great man and also assisted with the Double Duty exhibit at the DuSable Museum. On our 'Double Duty' microsite, we recount his long career with his own words, photos that show the ballplayer, the colorful personality and as a special treat, Duty’s own taped recollections from WGN-TV’s 1992 “Chicago American Giants” special.

Visit the 'Double Duty' microsite >>
Visit White Sox’ Double Duty Classic >>

Jack Brickhouse: Our man
for all sports seasons

Jack Brickhouse: Our man for all seasons

Jack Brickhouse enjoyed a life of firsts. He was the first voice heard on WGN-TV when it signed on 1948. He was the first Chicago voice heard on a trans-Atlantic satellite broadcast in 1962. He called eight no-hitters, six Gale Sayers touchdowns in one game and the better part of 45 runs scored in a 1979 Cubs-Phillies contest.

The Chicago Baseball Museum pays tribute to Brickhouse in this special Jack Brickhouse microsite at a time the Cubs are honoring him with a special bobblehead day, as part of their Wrigley Field 100th anniversary celebration. The website recalls different facets of Brickhouse’s life, including stories, photos from the collection of Pat Brickhouse, Jack’s wife, and a wide variety of video and audio highlights from his career.

Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

If you want to appropriately emphasize “civil wars,” then have drawings of opposing cannons in ballparks facing off at one end of your exhibit, then feature a giant photo of Michael Barrett landing a right hand on A.J. Pierzynski’s “grill” (thanks, Ed Farmer) at the opposite end.

Admission is free. For more information, call 630-833-1457.



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