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Hawk the anti-Harry
in welcoming new
voice Benetti

By George Castle
Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Maybe they were tough on rookies and newcomers in Hawk Harrelson's playing prime in the 1960s.

So will Harrelson haze or throw speed-bumps in Jason Benetti's way as the latter succeeds Hawk on White Sox home-game telecasts this season?

On the contrary. Emphatically.

Hawk Harrelson has welcomed Jason Benetti with open arms to the Sox broadcast booth. Photo credit billymax85

Hawk Harrelson has welcomed Jason Benetti with open arms to the Sox broadcast booth. Photo credit billymax85.

"I told him, the most important thing, you have to be your own guy," Harrelson said of south suburban native Benetti, who will team with Steve Stone in the U.S. Cellular Field TV booth while Hawk handles road games.



Hype won’t peak for Anderson
until he actually makes Sox
– and avoids letdown

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Tim Anderson at SoxFest. The shortstop hopeful is not fazed by mounting hype as the Sox's top position player prospect.

Tim Anderson at SoxFest. The shortstop hopeful is not fazed by mounting hype as the Sox's top position player prospect.

The hype is already enveloping Tim Anderson.

The top position player prospect in the White Sox organization, shortstop Anderson already is drawing attention because of his singular status.

The Sox are in the same position the Cubs found themselves 10 or 15 years ago with the likes of Corey Patterson and Felix Pie. Without a group of everyday players filtering their way up together or coming in savvy trades from other organizations, the focus is firmly on the one guy who stands out. Sometimes he's unfairly branded a "savior."

When the Cubs finally got the talent flow moving upward and inward from other teams, a hitter like Kyle Schwarber could develop in relative peace and quiet, and almost surprise the masses when he was promoted to the majors. But there's no sneaking up for Anderson.

"I try not to pay too much attention to that," said Anderson. "Just stay within my lane and don't worry about anything."

Sox general manager Rick Hahn doesn't know if hype is a factor at this point for Anderson. But he's far more sure of what could happen if a young player is called up – and then has to go back down.

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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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