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CBM changes plans,
will not open in Whiting

By Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President
Posted Tuesday, September 2nd

Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President

Dr. David Fletcher

The Chicago Baseball Museum (CBM) has resumed efforts to locate its future bricks-and-mortar museum in Chicago.

This decision follows the amicable completion of many months of meetings, joint research and strategic planning with the city of Whiting, Ind. CBM would have been part of a very ambitious redevelopment of that city’s lakefront.

“We thank Mayor Joe Stahura and his team for everything they did to explore the possibility of CBM calling Whiting its home and we wish them the best with all they hope to achieve. A lot of time and effort went into the idea, on both sides, and at the end of the day we all realized that some matters remained which likely couldn’t be worked out,” said CBM Founder and President Dr. David Fletcher.

The Chicago Baseball Museum continues its active role in the Chicago baseball scene. This season, it has worked with the Jack Brickhouse family on the Cubs’ Jack Brickhouse Day at Wrigley Field and with the Double Duty Classic staged by the Chicago White Sox. CBM also provided on-site coverage of Induction Weekend at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., where Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony LaRussa were among inductees.



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Konerko reserved tough side while 'good cop' persona earned admiration, affection


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Saturday, September 27th

Brian Anderson experienced the tough-cop side of Paul Konerko.

Brian Anderson experienced the tough-cop side of Paul Konerko.

One unfulfilled wish as Paul Konerko retires to his family in Scottsdale, Ariz. is never getting the chance to see him manage the White Sox.

Before he hired Robin Ventura, then-Sox GM Kenny Williams briefly entertained the thought of making Konerko player-manager. The team captain, respectfully and affectionately nicknamed “King” by his teammates, likely would have turned down the offer. But the thought of the brainy, disciplined Konerko formally running a game and handling the clubhouse was enticing.

Questions about why Konerko pulled a pitcher would have evoked his typical detailed response, providing overtime work of the type employed for Ozzie Guillen for Team Transcription up in the pressbox. The process of Konerko debating umpires might have inflated game times beyond their present bloated lengths.

One thing is sure, though. Konerko would have one motivated team that would not have risked seeing both sides of his good cop-tough cop persona. The Sox would have wanted the typical, encouraging, boosting side of their boss to stay in effect full time. They wouldn’t have wanted to tempt fate to be on the wrong side of his steely adherence to baseball preparation, fundamentals and etiquette.

I’ve seen that side in the long process of covering one of the top gentlemen of modern baseball times.

When the Sox were trying to fit Brian Anderson into their center-field job in 2006, they had a daffy, carefree lefty pitcher personality masquerading as a position player, and usually hitting like a moundsman, too.

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Champs meet champs
JRW and Sox

Jim Landis,
'59 Sox Star

Victor Caratini,
new Cub catcher



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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Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
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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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