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.
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.