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1950s Latin players photo exhibit highlight of HOF

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Tuesday, July 29th

George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle

COOPERSTOWN, NY — Memories and opinions of the sights, sounds and people of Hall of Fame weekend:

The Hall of Fame is very much worth the price of your admission, even if it needs a bit of freshening up.

An image of Minnie Minoso is the headliner to draw fans into a Hall of Fame photo exhibit of 1950s Latin players who helped break baseball's color line.

An image of Minnie Minoso is the headliner to draw fans into a Hall of Fame photo exhibit of 1950s Latin players who helped break baseball's color line.

 

Thomas can’t be faulted for teary speech


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Monday, July 28th

Frank Thomas (from left), Joe Torre and Tony La Russa analyze their induction speeches at the Hall of Fame.

Frank Thomas (from left), Joe Torre and Tony La Russa analyze their induction speeches at the Hall of Fame.

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Frank Thomas used to blow out teams with his unparalleled combination of power and patience.

Now that he’s 46 and retired, he blew out the Hall of Fame with perhaps the most teary induction speech in memory that wrecked the ceremony planner’s best-laid plans.

One estimate had Thomas talking for nearly 18 minutes between sniffles and a rapid-fire listing of some 139 teammates in the home stretch. The Hall of Fame prefers inductees keep their speeches under 10 minutes. But Thomas is a big man who never did anything small. He was a train roaring downhill with the brakes failing.

Good for him. We try to shoehorn everything into neat sound bites in an attention-shortened age. In this case, what’s the rush? The ceremonies were televised on a lazy Sunday afternoon and didn’t lapse over into some network’s prime-time programming – no “Heidi” syndrome here. Broadcast news programs and print deadlines were many hours away. Some 50,000 attendees in a rock concert/country fair type setting weren’t in a hurry to go anywhere on a sun-splashed afternoon.
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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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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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