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’69 Cubs truly become ‘ghost team’
with death of Hickman

By George Castle
Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The recent death of ex-Cub Jim Hickman at 79 puts shudders in you for more reasons than simply losing an eminently decent man who richly deserved the nickname “Gentleman Jim.”

With the death of Hickman, one of the best clutch hitters in Chicago baseball history, the ranks of the fabled 1969 Cubs are really thinning. Fifteen players from that team are now deceased.

That stark fact cannot be avoided due to the passage of time. Still much talked about, the 1969 season was 47 years ago. Almost a half century. Two full generations. That’s a long time ago by any standard.

True historian can own
'Old Roman's' papers

By George Castle
Monday, June 20th, 2016

If you want to possess a chunk of the start of White Sox history, just contact Billy Kellens, a direct descendant of the American League co-founder who moved the White Sox to Chicago from St. Paul in 1900.

He'll be glad to talk – under one important condition. You must be appreciative of history and not in it for a strictly profit motive as a memorabilia collector.

What Naperville, Ill. pharmaceutical sales manager Kellens possesses are the letters and thoughts of his great, great grandfather – Sox founder Charles A. Comiskey (1859-1931).


‘Froggy’ Hands: Maybe cut down Cubs rotation workload in second half?

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, June 22th, 2016

At 76, Bill Hands (left) is still active in the family auto repair business in Orient, N.Y.  The shop is a three-generation affair with Hands son, Billy III (center) and grandson Alex (right).

At 76, Bill Hands (left) is still active in the family auto repair business in Orient, N.Y. The shop is a three-generation affair with Hands son, Billy III (center) and grandson Alex (right).

As a man who knew how to main-tain his effectiveness during the Cubs’ most-fateful-ever stretch run, Bill Hands has a pretty good idea what manager Joe Maddon must do with his starting rotation two months down the road.

The quintet of Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Jason Ham-mel and Kyle Hendricks are stun-ning baseball with a collective ERA that even undercut Hands’ best season in 1969. The trick will be maintaining that stingy effi-ciency, and even improving upon it, in the playoffs. Otherwise, the Cubs’ spectacular regular season will be consigned with that of the Golden State Warriors – much ado about nothing when a world champion-ship is not attained.

“There’s a question of being well-rested and a question of staying sharp,” said Hands, 76, monitoring the Cubs’ skyrocketing ascent from the burgh of Orient, at the eastern tip of Long Island.

Cubs new clubhouse:
faster player return

Tony Garofalo for
trainer recognition

Cubs & Sox,
2008 pacesetters

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.

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.

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

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