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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.



"Believe: The Story of the
2005 Chicago White Sox"

By Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President
Posted on Sunday, April 12th

Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox.

Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox will air on Sunday, Apr. 12 at 7:00pm CT, on Comcast Sportsnet.

Disheartened White Sox fans, who are disappointed by the White Sox slow start in 2015, can find solace in Sunday night’s television premiere of "Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox" that airs on Sunday night April 12th at 7pm on Comcast Sports Net Chicago.

Produced by the dynamic CSN Chicago team of Sarah Lauch and Ryan McGuffey, "Believe" is an emotional roller-coaster-ride of a look at a key season in Chicago baseball history that even the casual baseball fan will enjoy because of the story — a star-crossed team cursed by the 1919 Black Sox — erases 88 years of failure and wins the 2005 World Series championship.

Lauch and McGuffey deliver an extraordinary historical documentary that includes fresh interviews with all the key participants, except pitcher Mark Buehrle who declined. "Mark respectfully declined multiple interview requests. (He) wanted the focus to be on his current season," said McGuffey. Lauch did reveal "that Buehrle’s wife saw the film trailer on the Thursday (April 9th) and loved it."

Primetime Emmy & Tony Award winner, current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series "Homeland", and lifelong White Sox fan Mandy Patinkin, narrates the film in an under-stated fashion that retains a hint of his Southside roots and loyalties.

The 76 minute-long "Believe" features all of the signature moments of the 2005 postseason including "El-Duque’s" masterful escape artist performance getting out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 6th inning in Game 3 of the ALDS in Fenway (in what White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper called "the most important inning in White Sox history"); AJ’s "steal" of first base with the dropped third strike in Game 2 of the ALCS against the Angels ("Dropped third strike was a smart baseball play," praised manager Ozzie Gullien); four complete game pitching gems in the ALCS; Paul Konerko’s gram slam in Game 2 of the World Series; Scott Podsednik’s walk-off home run in Game 2;...


CSNC lands Mandy
Patinkin for Sox doc

Minnie Minoso

Ernie Banks,
a joyous career

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 >>

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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