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No comforts
of home at Wrigley
for Buzz Capra

By George Castle
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Buzz Capra finally has come home, permanently.

But that process was oh-so-hard when he was a big deal, the local boy wanting to make good in baseball, back in the 1970s.

Buzz Capra (left) with Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes at January's Pitch and Hit Club Banquet.

Buzz Capra (left) with Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes at January's Pitch and Hit Club Banquet.

Capra, now 68 and a Hoffman Estates resident, has settled into a routine of coaching kids at Elite Sports Training on Randall Road in St. Charles.

None of his students, though, likely know how hyped his grand entrance was on Wednesday, May 24, 1972 at Wrigley Field as starting pitcher for the New York Mets.

Not too many Chicago products make it to the big leagues. Even in the mid-20th century, a bulk of big leaguers came from the Sunbelt, where they could hone their skills year-round.
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Cubs, Sox were pace-setters
in 2008 and other seasons


George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Monday, May 2st, 2016

Lou Piniella (left) and Ozzie Guillen in 2008. Both managers featured plenty of accomplishments in the regular season. Piniella photo credit Jauerback. Guillen photo credit Keith Allison. http://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/2802175162/

Lou Piniella (left) and Ozzie Guillen in 2008. Both managers featured plenty of accomplishments in the regular season. Piniella photo credit Jauerback. Guillen photo credit Keith Allison.

In the iPhone, internet-gobbling-everything-in-its-path attention-deficit world, we hardly remember what happened an hour ago, let alone eight years distant.

So when we’re all amazed over the Cubs and White Sox’s best-in-baseball starts, we think it’s unprecedented. And we are wrong.
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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 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.

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


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