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Baines consistent,
but not quite up
to HOF standards

By George Castle
Thursday, November 29th, 2016

Harold Baines fell just short of being the kind of dominant player worthy of Hall of Fame election.

Harold Baines fell just short of being the kind of dominant player worthy of Hall of Fame election.

Harold Baines' turn at-bat comes up this week.

The quiet, even-keel all-time White Sox discovered by Bill Veeck in Little League likely will hit an impressive drive – to the warning track – in the vote for the Hall of Fame, through no fault of his own.

Baines had a long, consistent career. But never spectacular, never an MVP, never a home-run or RBI leader. Worse of all, an almost silent type when it came to tooting his own horn. I will never forget Les Grobstein always sputtering over Baines' near-mute post-game status. Those mic jockeys were under pressure to deliver decent sound bites to their radio stations, and Baines' would not cooperate.

Pushed off the Baseball Writers Association ballot over time, Baines' credentials have been remanded to the Today's Game committee, considering candidates who participated in MLB from 1988 onward.

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Sox stand to outshine
champion Cubs at winter meetings


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Sox have to balance the marketability of Chris Sale (left) and Jose Quintana with not demanding too much in return to keep good relations with other teams.

The Sox have to balance the marketability of Chris Sale (left) and Jose Quintana with not demanding too much in return to keep good relations with other teams.

Finally…the White Sox will steal some thunder from the world-champion Cubs.

That is, if team brass is serious about remaking the team starting at the winter meetings in Washington, D.C. starting Sunday, Dec. 4.

There is work to be done and big names to dangle for comprehensive player packages for the tag team of baseball boss Kenny Williams and GM Rick Hahn. The Sox need to re-stock the major-league roster with young position players after too many years of trade/free-agent patchwork and non-productive talent flow from the farm system.

The Cubs already tinkered with their makeup by signing free-agent center fielder Jon Jay, ostensibly to replace likely departing incumbent Dexter Fowler and platoon with second-year Albert Almora. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer will generate headlines simply because they run the champs, but they cannot possibly outshine the Sox in the sheer magnitude of a deal as they attempt to improve the Cubs around the fringes in DC.

With quality free-agent starting pitchers in short supply, Williams and Hahn will have no shortage of tire-kickers if they dangle Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Sale is one of the Top 10, sometimes Top 5, starters in the game.
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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.

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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.

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


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