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’64 Sox, ’70 Cubs lead
roster of near-misses

By George Castle
Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

The Cubs are more likely than not playoff-bound, unless a late-season Cardinals surge totally shocks them and puts past collapses to shame.

The White Sox are among the game’s disappointments, frittering away a 23-10 start and dropping far out of the wild-card race before the July 31 trade deadline.

So fans of both teams can gear themselves mentally for different viewpoints in the last third of the 2016. Happiness on the North Side, abject discontent on the South Side.

At least the rooters know where they stand.

As he swims for
more Olympic gold,
Dwyer remembers
a doting grandpa

By George Castle
Monday, July 11th, 2016

When he swims the 200- and 400-meter freestyle and the 4 X 200 relay for the U.S. team at the Rio Olympics, Conor Dwyer will have everything in place except one key emotional motivator.

Winnetka native Dwyer, who won a gold medal in the 4 X 200 in London in 2012, possessed plenty of his own confidence knowing he’s in his athletic prime at 27. He will also have Mr. Swimming, Michael Phelps, otherwise his frequent roomie, buddy and splash counselor, available for last-second and instant-replay counsel.


Hickman so self-effacing
he turned down $25-K
lifeline from Durocher

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

(From left) Jim Hickman, Jr. with lifelong friend Jim Peyton and Jim Hickman, Sr.

(From left) Jim Hickman, Jr. with lifelong friend Jim Peyton and Jim Hickman, Sr.

Sometimes one’s personal beliefs, a kind of modesty mixed with pride and self-reliance, would reject a no-strings-attached lifeline when all hell is breaking loose.

That was the stance of Gentleman Jim Hickman when his Henning, Tenn. farm faced foreclosure more than three decades ago. The story was relayed to longtime Hickman family friend Jim Peyton by Phil “The Vulture” Regan, Hickman’s longtime Cubs teammate and roommate.

Leo Durocher, the manager who presided over Hickman’s emergence as an impact Cub, offered him $25,000 to bail out the farm. Hickman declined the gift, even though he relied on his appearances at Randy Hundley’s Arizona fantasy camps to pay the grocery bills amid his financial travails.

9th annual
DD Classic

Hoekstra book:
'Disco Demolition'

Bill Hands gives
Cubs advice

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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