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Remembering
Tim Sassone

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Thursday, March 27th

Blackhawks announcer Ed Olczyk (left) and former Hawks star/coach Denis Savard (right) flank Tim Sassone when the team gave him a special No. 25 sweater in 2013 in honor of his quarter-century on the Hawks beat for the  Daily Herald. Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks.

Blackhawks announcer Ed Olczyk (left) and former Hawks star/coach Denis Savard (right) flank Tim Sassone when the team gave him a special No. 25 sweater in 2013 in honor of his quarter-century on the Hawks beat for the Daily Herald. Photo courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks.

We should prize old-school sportswriters who have one-on-one relationships with all the important figures on the beat they cover and can scare up a scoop with well-placed phone calls.

Tim Sassone was just such a scribe. And as good of a Blackhawks and NHL writer as he was for the Daily Herald, he was an even better person. Sassone did not subscribe to the disturbing trend of raging egos and group-think work styles endemic in sports journalists today. He treated all colleagues as equals, even with his standout status.

To paraphrase the late Jerome Holtzman, Tim Sassone was a good man to find on a long day’s march. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to rack up the shoe leather without Tim. He died much too young at 58 after a long illness on March 24.

 
Wrigley 100th Anniversary

Personalities, as much as footage, carry
WGN's special on Wrigley's 100 years


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Friday, April 11th

Bob Vorwald in the TV broadcast booth at Wrigley Field.

Bob Vorwald in the TV broadcast booth at Wrigley Field.

Bob Vorwald did not lack for visual stimulation via both rarely seen WGN game highlights and vintage newsfilm footage to mark 100 years of Wrigley Field history on his station’s two-hour special “Wrigley 100: A Century Celebration.”

The show airs at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 20, and again at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 on both WGN in the Chicago area and WGN America. Station production chief Vorwald’s labor of love – he wrote the entire shebang, conducted the new interviews and even shot a few when a camera operator wasn’t available – makes use of the big stock of baseball tape WGN did save from the 1960s on. I personally liked the newsreel footage that shows the personalities of the players and fans passing through Wrigley Field from the 1920s on. In this instance, black and white is good.

And that hits on the point which carries “Wrigley 100:” the people. The human element gave the ballpark its legendary personality, be it Hall of Fame players, ne’er-do-wells in the bullpen, broadcasters and writers, and most of all, the fans who have suffered far more than they’ve triumphed.
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Disco Demolition
photo exhibit
at Elmhurst museum

Sox pitcher Ross Baumgarten (left) with Steve Dahl muse Lorelei and another Disco Demolition Night participant. Copyright Paul Natkin - Photo Reserve.

Disco’s dead. Disco Demolition Night never dies.

The most-publicized Bill Veeck promotion of all time – and the one that most riotously got away from the Baseball Barnum – is celebrated through Aug. 4 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum in Elmhurst.

Admission is free. For more information, call 630-833-1457.
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