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Absolute affirmation in La Russa HOF induction

By George Castle
CBM Historian
Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd

George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle

When Tony La Russa delivers his Hall of Fame acceptance speech in Cooperstown, he may experience his most relaxed moment of the past 35 years, in contrast to the butterflies and emotion felt by many inductees as they speak.

If he still has a shred of doubt, if in the corner of his mind he still has a bit of insecurity over whether his baseball persona has been accepted, La Russa’s enshrinement should counter that once and for all.

Harry Caray interviews Tony La Russa in 1981. La Russa never forgot the criticism Caray aimed at him as a young manager who seemingly had to prove himself.

Harry Caray interviews Tony La Russa in 1981. La Russa never forgot the criticism Caray aimed at him as a young manager who seemingly had to prove himself.

 
Wrigley 100th Anniversary

‘Teach me something’ was Maddux’s
1st request in 30-year Hall of Fame journey


As a rookie coach in 1984, Rick Kranitz was asked by Greg Maddux to teach him about pitching. Photo credit: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers.

As a rookie coach in 1984, Rick Kranitz was asked by Greg Maddux to teach him about pitching. Photo credit: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers.

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted on Monday, July 21st

The greatest masters of their craft, people so brainy they’re nicknamed “professor,” have one thing in common: an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. They’re always on duty, soaking up new ideas and concepts.

Such was future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux’s stance in the summer of 1984, only weeks removed from graduation at Valley High School in Las Vegas and his senior trip.

Maddux had been transplanted all the way across the country into a “Green Acres” setting in Pikeville, Ky., home of the Cubs’ rookie-league team. STORY >>

Frank Thomas
Documentary

Kyle Schwarber,
Cubs' 'Click Six'

Double Duty
Highlights



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.

STORY >>
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.

STORY >>
Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>


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.

STORY>>

 

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