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Smith writes off failed HOF
bid in final year of
eligibility on ballot

By George Castle
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Lee Smith knew he'd fall short in Hall of Fame voting.

Lee Smith knew he'd fall short in Hall of Fame voting.

The announce- ment hardly came as a shock to Lee Arthur Smith when the Chicago Baseball Museum called the former Cubs closer with bad news a few minutes after the Jan. 18 Hall of Fame vote was announced.

"I think I’m just going to write it off," Smith said of falling short of induction in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers Association of America balloting.

Now Smith is remanded to whatever latter-day name the old Veterans Committee takes. And that panel only meets every three years to consider the period group into which Smith’s qualifications will be remanded.

"Maybe if the veterans thing comes around, but I don’t think I’ll be paying too much attention," said a philosophical Smith.


Cardenal's First Fan
his clout for entrée to White House

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

The 1970s middle-school Michelle Obama, then Michelle Robinson, shared an avid fanship of Jose Cardenal with father Fraser Robinson III. Photo credit U.S. Army IMCOM,

The 1970s middle-school Michelle Obama, then Michelle Robinson, shared an avid fanship of Jose Cardenal with father Fraser Robinson III. Photo credit U.S. Army IMCOM.

How heartily did Michelle Obama welcome Jose Cardenal to the White House on Jan. 16?

"Michelle hadn't seen Jose for five years," said an amazed Fergie Jenkins. "She hugged him for four, five minutes. He was standing behind the (present-day) players, and she waved him over.

"Everybody started clapping. You could see the emotion in her face."

The out-going First Lady-Cardenal meeting was the most heartwearming story from the Cubs' visit to be honored as world champions. The reunion of the wife of American's first African-American president and the Cubs' first significant Latin player evoked the special family connections the team engenders.

Michelle Obama was in middle school, adorned with an Afro, in the mid-1970s when she joined father Fraser Robinson III in after-school viewings of Cubs telecasts as the Cuban-born Cardenal cavorted through National League outfields. He became the smart South Side pre-teen's favorite player.

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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.

Visit the 'Double Duty' microsite >>
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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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