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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.



Bizarreness in Baltimore

By Mark Liptak
Posted on Thursday, April 30th

White Sox-Orioles game April 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of

White Sox-Orioles game April 29, 2015. Photo courtesy of

Editor’s Note:

Sox historian Mark Liptak’s story below is about the bizarre events that have occurred while the Sox have played American League games in Baltimore. Starting in 1901 the Orioles played at American League Park located at the southwest corner of East 29th Street and Greenmount Avenue, later dubbed Orioles Park IV. It was here where the Sox faced the first incarnation of the Orioles, which moved north to New York for the 1903 season and became the New York Highlanders which later morphed into the Yankees. While editing this piece I reminded Mark about a one-game stand the Sox had in Baltimore on August 17, 1972 where the Sox played in front of a nearly empty house, not unlike the Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Sox-Orioles afternoon matinee where the public was kept out of Camden Yards because of the emergency situation in Baltimore due to civil unrest.

The Sox were in the midst of a surprising A.L. West Division race, when G.M. Roland Hemond on August 17 acquired knuckleballer Eddie Fisher from the California Angels for Bruce Miller to get some pitching help. Fisher had won a ring with the 1966 Orioles and had also pitched with the White Sox from 1962–1966 making the All-Star team in 1965 and winning Fireman of the Year honors.

On the day of the trade, the White Sox were in the middle of a home stand at old Comiskey Park. But they had to make a one-game road trip to Baltimore to play the Orioles in a makeup game hastily scheduled on orders of A.L. President Joe Cronin.


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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 >>
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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