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Castle to profile JRW champs,
neighborhood that groomed
43-year-old baseball program

By Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President
Posted Wednesday, October 15th

Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President

Dr. David Fletcher

The Chicago Baseball Museum (CBM) is proud to announce that CBM Resident Historian George Castle has signed a contract to write the definitive book on the story of the Jackie Robinson West (JRW) Little League World Series U.S. Champions.

JRW captured the hearts of the nation, and George's book, his 13th since 1998, will capture the attention of fans once again.

Taylor Trade Publishing will publish the book, as yet untitled. Target release date is Sept. 2015.

The book would not look only at JRW's development as an appealing national youth sports champion, but also all the factors that produced success. The parents, extended families, neighbors and community and educational leaders all comprised the "it takes a village to raise a child" situation prevalent in the far South Side Washington Heights neighborhood. It was this family which built on the tradition of excellence started by JRW's founder, Joseph Haley, in 1971.

It is a story of hope, home — most specifically fathers' involvement in their sons' lives — and redemption. It shows how the game of baseball can unite a community and offer a better future with alternatives to social conditions in which gun violence, death and gang activities perpetuated in nearby Chicago communities.



'Spectacular 6' accurately picks Giants in 7

Madison Bumgarner helped our spectacular six post an accurate prediction.
Photo credit SD Dirk at

Madison Bumgarner helped our spectacular six post an accurate prediction. Photo credit SD Dirk.

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Wednesday, October 30th

Thanks to Madison Bumgarner and his plucky teammates falling back on their postseason experience, a cozy group of predictors were accurate in selecting the San Francisco Giants to win the World Series in seven games.

The wise group of six came out on top in the Chicago Baseball Museum’s third annual World Series predictions feature that was dominated by a groundswell of support for the underdog Kansas City Royals.

The on-target forecasters were this writer, former Cubs pitcher Ted Lilly, former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman, former Sox third baseman Bill Melton, managing editor Al Yellon and Bill Veeck biographer Paul Dickson.

None, however, could have predicted Bumgarner's historic two wins and marathon Game 7 save, earning him World Series MVP honors. His five-inning, two-hit shutout relief performance in Game 7 was the best Fall Classic outing on short rest since Sandy Koufax tossed a complete-game, three-hit, 10-strikeout shutout on two day’s rest against the Minnesota Twins in Game 7 of the 1965 World Series.

Lilly, now a special assistant to Cubs baseball president Theo Epstein, originally projected a Giants comeback win in Game 7 via an eight-inning Brandon Crawford homer. The dramatics, though, came from a now all-time southpaw who vowed that he would keep pitching until he couldn’t get outs anymore.

A record total of 53 predictors participated. Chicago sportscasters David Schuster, Bruce Levine, Cheryl Raye-Stout, Jordan Bernfield and Dave Kerner, among others, came close by picking the Giants in six.

Not a soul, however, could have also prognosticated the dance between the Cubs and the colorful Joe Maddon for the North Siders’ managerial job when they made their World Series predictions.

World Series
2014 predictions

Paul Konerko

Champs meet champs
JRW and Sox

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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