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The world has turned many times since 1945

By George Castle
Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

The eons have progressed since 1945, the last time the Cubs played in a World Series.

The Baby Boom had not officially started. Now many Baby Boomers are retired and are on Social Security and Medicare.

Branch Rickey's (left)  actions in 1945 had a lot to do with two terms for Barack Obama starting in 2008.

Branch Rickey's (left) actions in 1945 had a lot to do with two terms for Barack Obama starting in 2008.

Branch Rickey was hatching his plot to integrate baseball with Jackie Robinson tendered a contract in Oct. 1945. Rickey was the first American in charge of an institution to really rise above himself to do the right thing since Abe Lincoln. As the Cubs prepare to play in the 2016 World Series, Barack Obama is finishing his second term as president, a status that can be traced back to Rickey and Robinson.

Women were encouraged to leave, if not outright get laid off, from their "Rosie the Riveter" war work in Oct. 1945. Now a woman stands a good chance to be elected president in two weeks.


Chicago Baseball Museum Cubs World Series Quest

2016 World Series belongs
so far to Kyle Schwarber

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Kyle Schwarber (left) took over the storyline in Game 2, while Jake Arrieta showed much of his old form.

Kyle Schwarber (left) took over the storyline in Game 2, while Jake Arrieta showed much of his old form.

Call it the Joy of Schwarbs.

Jake Arrieta got much of his old groove back and the Cubs drew first blood off Cleveland Indians starter Trevor Bauer in the visitors' 5-1 victory in Game 2 at Progressive Field.

But the 2016 World Series, tied 1-1 going back to Wrigley Field Friday, is fast becoming The Kyle Schwarber Show.

The stocky, smart left-handed hitter’s unprecedented comeback is overshadowing the sheer magnitude of his team’s first World Series appearance, if that’s at all humanly possible. Schwarber seems to have been dropped from the sky to give the Cubs a final push to scratch their 108-year itch.

Appearing like he could hit from a wheelchair, the rehabbed Schwarber collected a pair of RBI singles in his second and third at-bats Wednesday. He was visibly moved after the first hit, off Bauer. By the time he slashed another single up in the middle off Bryan Shaw amid a three-run rally in the fifth, it seemed old hat.

The fans joined in with quick home-made "Schwarb-O-Meter" signs, a riff on the old Shawon Dunston “Shawon-O-Meter” sign dating back to 1989 in the left-field bleachers.

Indians snare
Series Game 1

Cubs picked in 7
games over Indians

Cubs win NLCS
after 71 years

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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