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Lesser lights get Cubs rings; Dawson is ignored

By George Castle
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

During the Cubs’ championship rally in Grant Park, team leader Anthony Rizzo said all ex-Cubs had a hand in the title and celebration.

While good, but not great, ex-Cubs got alumni rings, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson has not heard from the team about similar bling.

While good, but not great, ex-Cubs got alumni rings, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson has not heard from the team about similar bling.

Of all former players who fit that bill, Andre Dawson has to be in the Top 10, if not Top Five. The Hawk signed a blank contract to play for the Cubs in 1987, won the Most Valuable Player Award, came back early from knee surgery to shepherd young fellow outfielders in 1989 and credits his six years in Wrigley Field for his entrée into the Hall of Fame.

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Ring Lardner gets yet another honor:
Chicago Literary HOF membership


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Ring Lardner in familiar pose with straw skimmer, cigarette and manual typewriter to bang out another column.

Ring Lardner in familiar pose with straw skimmer, cigarette and manual typewriter to bang out another column.

Ring Lardner was far more than the cynical character, portrayed by “Eight Men Out” director John Sayles, serenading the 1919 Black Sox in a railroad car with “I’m Forever Blowing Ballgames,” a parody on the day’s popular “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” melody.

“A lot of people now, if they know him at all, think of Lardner as a baseball writer,” said Don Evans, executive director of the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. “But he had a diverse body of work. Lardner was a very important and influential short-story writer. Ernest Hemingway and a lot of great writers thought of him very highly as a literary figure. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and a leading-edge humorist.

The second author of the Chicago Tribune’s lead “In the Wake of the News” sports column that continues to this day under David Haugh, Lardner corralled platoons of well-deserved honors in his relatively short life. But the hits keep on coming.
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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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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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