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Sosa likely not HOF material continuing on his pre-1998 career path

By George Castle
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Sammy Sosa may not have been Hall of Fame-worthy if his statistical path had not inflated into the stratosphere in the late 1990s.

Sammy Sosa may not have been Hall of Fame-worthy if his statistical path had not inflated into the stratosphere in the late 1990s.

Sammy, we still hardly know ye.

In your quiet retirement, we don't know what you have done to build bridges back to the Cubs. Another Cubs Convention is being staged without you and a Hall of Fame vote announced again without your candidacy in hailing distance of election.

Now you have a prominent advocate for enshrinement into Cooperstown. USA Today baseball maven Bob Nightengale, a good guy, recently wrote that superstars strongly suspected of PEDs involvement 15 to 20 years ago be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Nightengale’s pro-induction essay now has become an annual appeal, centered around inducting Barry Bonds – a very strong PED candidate given his pre- and post-prime body inflation and deflation – and Roger Clemens.



A little bit of the Cubs will stay
with lifetime-secure Dodger Rich Hill

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Rich Hill now has lifetime security with $18 million due at age 39.

Rich Hill now has lifetime security with $18 million due at age 39.

Rich Hill finally possesses lifetime security as a Los Angeles Dodger, some 3,000 miles away from his home in Boston. A ballplayer likely will go to the ends of the Earth to get $48 million guaranteed for the next three years.

Hill will make $18 million at age 39 in 2019. Such is the price of pitching in the 2010s. Yet imagine if the Cubs were paying him.

The stylish lefty signed for considerably less as a fourth-round Cubs draft choice out of the University of Michigan in 2002. Fighting through doubters, namely Ozzie Guillen, to a spot in the Cubs playoff rotation in 2007, Hill found himself spun out of the organization by early 2009. That trade to the Orioles for essentially nothing started him on a seven-year-long stop-and-start journey, testing his own philosophy of "delayed gratification," until he finally found stability and a contract jackpot in 2016.

He has found that if you have come up in Chicago, sport any kind of middling profile in Wrigley Field, you are branded for life with a Cubs connection. And that identification in the Hill household is exemplified in Hill's son Brice, whom dad says "swings the hell out of the bat" in backyard father-son duels. "He's got a really good swing. He's already better than me.

Hughes' 'Cubs Win
World Series!' CD

Grudzielanek manages
Charlotte Knights

Eternal fan Levy
Cubs kids book

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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