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A-Ram/Lofton in ‘03
only deadline deal where
Cubs were clear winners

By George Castle
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

OK, the countdown starts. Will the Aroldis Chapman transaction that cost the Cubs a prime shortstop prospect help deliver a World Series and rank as the best trade-deadline deal in team history?

Lou Brock (left) and Ernie Broglio.

Lou Brock (left) and Ernie Broglio.

Wait until at least the National League Division Series. If Chapman can help the Cubs avoid the trap of the 100-win team-killing five-game series, he’ll be on his way. And he’ll zero in on the No. 1 designation if, say, he can nail down the final five outs of a Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. That situation has a familiar ring.

Right now, Chapman has to beat out a 2003 deal to zoom to the top of mid-season trades that were completed to make a difference – but sometimes blew up in the Cubs’ collective faces.

Here is a ranking, from worst to first, of such prominent deals. Only the final deal did not have any negative ramifications for the Cubs. The trade deadline moved from June 15 to July 31 in 1987:

Lou Brock to St. Louis for Ernie Broglio with bit-part guys on both sides, June 15, 1964.


Hickman so self-effacing
he turned down $25-K
lifeline from Durocher

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

(From left) Jim Hickman, Jr. with lifelong friend Jim Peyton and Jim Hickman, Sr.

(From left) Jim Hickman, Jr. with lifelong friend Jim Peyton & Jim Hickman, Sr.

Sometimes one’s personal beliefs, a kind of modesty mixed with pride and self-reliance, would reject a no-strings-attached lifeline when all hell is breaking loose.

That was the stance of Gentleman Jim Hickman when his Henning, Tenn. farm faced foreclosure more than three decades ago. The story was relayed to longtime Hickman family friend Jim Peyton by Phil “The Vulture” Regan, Hickman’s longtime Cubs teammate and roommate.

Leo Durocher, the manager who presided over Hickman’s emergence as an impact Cub, offered him $25,000 to bail out the farm. Hickman declined the gift, even though he relied on his appearances at Randy Hundley’s Arizona fantasy camps to pay the grocery bills amid his financial travails.

9th annual
DD Classic

Hoekstra book:
'Disco Demolition'

Bill Hands gives
Cubs advice

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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