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Piersall crazy as a fox
as Cubs' minor-league
outfield instructor

By George Castle
Friday, June 23rd, 2017

The Jimmy Piersall self-analysis was he was crazy and had papers to prove it.

Yeah, crazy as a fox.

Gary Varsho was impressed with Jimmy Piersall's five-page typed guide to outfield instruction.

Gary Varsho was impressed with Jimmy Piersall's five-page typed guide to outfield instruction.

As his community laid the controversial, colorful character to rest, his true baseball acumen came out in remembrances of big leaguers he helped as a 14-season Cubs minor-league outfield instructor from 1986 to 1999.

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Ice cream runs, brownies and late faith:
the many sides of Piersall celebrated


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Tom Shaer (left), a friend of the Chicago Baseball Museum, put together the memorial program at Wheaton Bible Church, in which former Gov. Pat Quinn (right) was a speaker.

Tom Shaer (left), a friend of the Chicago Baseball Museum, put together the memorial program at Wheaton Bible Church, in which former Gov. Pat Quinn (right) was a speaker.

We all know the many public sides of Jimmy Piersall — the crazy guy, the beacon of controversy, the brutally candid color analyst and, elsewhere on this site, the crafty, very effective minor-league outfield instructor.

What about Piersall's tender side? He was a doting grandpa — and great grandpa.

"He taught us how to fish," grandson Steve Jones, a lieutenant in the west suburban Geneva, Ill. fire department, said after Piersall's June 23 memorial service at his Wheaton Bible Church. The grandkids wanted to play with Piersall's dog Mushy and go with him to the local Dairy Queen. But Jones figured Piersall wanted the ice cream more than the kids.

"He loved us unconditionally," Jones said. "If I was hurting, he was hurting. If my son (Teddy) was hurting, he was hurting. He worried about him climbing on stuff, telling him to get down."
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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 >>
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Jack Brickhouse Friday >>


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