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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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Buck Weaver's family pushes
to get 'Black Sox' player reinstated


Patricia Anderson, niece of Chicago White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver, is asking Major League Baseball to reinstate Weaver, one of the eight White Sox players who was banned when eight Sox players were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.

Patricia Anderson, niece of Chicago White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver, is asking Major League Baseball to reinstate Weaver, one of the eight White Sox players who was banned when eight Sox players were accused of fixing the 1919 World Series.

By John Owens, Chicago Tribune
Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

For almost 30 years, Patricia Anderson has lived in this scenic, rural Missouri town about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis.

But in her living room, she is surrounded by images of her youth on the South Side of Chicago, where she was raised by her uncle — former White Sox third baseman George "Buck" Weaver.

Weaver is in almost all of the photos, often appearing with celebrities. One picture features Weaver with Babe Ruth and silent-film swashbuckler Douglas Fairbanks. Another is of Weaver with film star Buck Jones. And there are photos of Buck with his family, including one of an older Weaver with his wife, Helen, and others at Anderson's wedding in Chicago in 1948.

"Living with Buck, it was a wonderful way to grow up," Anderson said. "He was my idol."

Now 88 and housebound, Anderson thinks about her uncle often these days, especially when it involves his controversial baseball career. And she is on a crusade to save his reputation.

This spring, Anderson and her family launched their latest attempt to clear the name of Weaver, one of the eight "Black Sox" accused of accepting money from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series between the White Sox and Reds. He was banned from organized baseball in 1921 by then-Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

In March, the family, working with Chicago Baseball Museum founder David Fletcher, sent an official request to Commissioner Rob Manfred, urging him to consider Weaver's reinstatement because the player had "been denied justice for far too long" and because "it's the right thing to do."

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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 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.

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Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
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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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