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CBM Letter to
Baseball Commissioner
Robert D. Manfred Jr.

Posted March 30, 2015

Chicago Baseball Museum founder Dr. David Fletcher sent this letter to the new Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. asking for the pardon of George "Buck" Weaver, writing, "Buck Weaver was wrongly banned from baseball and deserves to have his reputation and honor to his family name restored."

Pete Rose meets other banned third baseman Buck Weaver’s family (Sandy Schely (daughter of Pat Anderson) and Kristi Berg (Grand-daughter of Pat Anderson) October 2013.

Pete Rose meets other banned third baseman Buck Weaver’s family (Sandy Schely (daughter of Pat Anderson) and Kristi Berg (Grand-daughter of Pat Anderson) October 2013.

Dear Commissioner Manfred:

Congratulations on becoming the 10th Commissioner in MLB history!

I know you have a lot of pressing issues as you begin your term of office but I represent the family of George "Buck" Weaver, who played flawless baseball during the 1919 World Series. He batted .324 and committed no errors on the field.

As the representative for the Weaver family, we are formally applying for Buck’s reinstatement into Baseball.


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SABR 45 Rolls Into Chicago
Palmer House Hilton June 24-28


By David J. Fletcher, CBM President
Posted on Monday, June 22nd

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) National Conference, June 24-28 in Chicago, IL.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) National Conference, June 24-28 in Chicago.

The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) — the most prominent organization dedicated to fostering the research and history of baseball — is coming to Chicago this week.

Starting on Wednesday, the 45th SABR national conference will feature top speakers from around the baseball world — front office executives, players, managers, scouts, broadcasters, writers, and analysts — plus panel discussions on the Cubs, White Sox, the Negro Leagues, women in baseball, and baseball broadcasting.

The local Emil Rothe Chicagoland SABR Chapter hosts this year’s national conference.

Once considered a fringe organization of nerdy white middle-age male baseball fans, SABR has become mainstream as its research and analysis of baseball have been adapted by MLB.

In 1977, SABR Member Bill James, coined the word “Sabermetrics” as "the search for objective knowledge about baseball" and he was eventually was hired by the Boston Red Sox in 2002 as a special advisor. In Boston, James influenced current Cubs President Theo Epstein when he was with the Red Sox. Sabermetrics got further popularized by the 2011 film “Moneyball” starring Brad Pitt about Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane's use of evidence-based sabermetrics to assemble a competitive baseball team in a low revenue market based on Michael Lewis' 2003 book of the same name.

SABR was established in Cooperstown, New York, in August 1971 by sportswriter Bob Davids and others. It is now based in Phoenix after being headquartered in Cleveland for decades.

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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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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 >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>


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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