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'A Season For The Ages' should be choice in crowded Cubs book field

By George Castle
Thursday, December 8th, 2016

So many Cubs books. Which to buy for a holiday gift?

"A Season For the Ages" should be your choice in a crowded Cubs book market.

Drug-store checkout counters are inundated with half a dozen quickie thick magazines by every major local newspaper operation and national sports outlets. An "I know Joe Maddon" book – without any real access to Maddon and his Cub bosses, coaches or players – is even being sold in the mini-marts of gas stations.



Serving as face of Sox's
rebuilding program is never easy

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Michael Kopech (left) would love to share production with long blond locks with Noah Syndergaard.

Michael Kopech (left) would love to share production with long blond locks with Noah Syndergaard.

Serving as a poster boy ain't easy for a young baseball player, especially if you're a Texan, possess long blond locks that suggest Noah Syndergaard, and throw even harder than the fellow Lone Star state product who heads the Mets' rotation.

Then the pressure can get downright daunting if you, Michael Kopech, have been traded for White Sox ace of aces Chris Sale in the kickoff to the team's announced rebuilding program.

Bring it on, said Kopech, whose top fastball can match that of Aroldis Chapman's.

"I'm very honored to be one of the faces of the rebuilding (program)," Kopech said in a conference call on Dec. 7. "If nothing else, it makes me want to prove the White Sox right."

Years will need to transpire if the Sox are perceived as correct in finally going young after too many years of patchwork trades and middle-level free-agents consigning the South Siders to mediocrity. Kopech and whiz-bang infielder Yeon Moncada, also culled from the Red Sox for Sale, aren't even projected by GM Rick Hahn to start 2017 with the Sox.

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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 >>

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