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1969 Cubs coach’s voice found via both tape and blood center in his name

By George Castle
Monday, August 31st, 2015

Leigh-Ann Young went 360 degrees in her journey about her father when she hugged Pat Hughes in the radio broadcast booth at Wrigley Field. Hughes started her on the journey to find a recording of Verlon Walker's voice.

Leigh-Ann Young went 360 degrees in her journey about her father when she hugged Pat Hughes in the radio broadcast booth at Wrigley Field. Hughes started her on the journey to find a recording of Verlon Walker's voice.

Something about Verlon (Rube) Walker's drawling rural persona, his effect on those in his orbit and the good works that followed in his wake brought out the best even in the most questionable of people.

As then-Cubs pitching coach Walker lay dying at Wesley Memorial Hospital — now Northwestern Memorial Hospital — in the winter of 1971, who should show up but his amoral managerial boss, Leo Durocher, one of the most despised men in baseball who would emulate The Caine Mutiny's Captain Queeg in pushing his Cubs into a state of rebellion later in the '71 season.

"Leo came to see him in the hospital when he was sick," recalled Walker's daughter, Leigh-Ann Young.

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Great outing, even greater people in
Sandy Koufax perfecto against Chicago Cubs

Whether pitching in Wrigley Field or Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax almost always got a fight from the Cubs.  (Photos courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

Whether pitching in Wrigley Field or Dodger Stadium, Sandy Koufax almost always got a fight from the Cubs. (Photos courtesy of the Leo Bauby Collection).

George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

(Second of a two-part series on the 50th anniversary of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game against the Cubs on Sept. 9, 1965 in what may have been the greatest pitching duel in history with Chicago lefty Bob Hendley.)

On the surface, the Sandy Koufax perfect game is part of baseball mythology, Koufax’s fastball growing ever faster over the decades, the Cubs’ swings even more futile, the lone run scored even more fluky, the only hit in the game even more shaky.

Statistically, the game was the greatest pitching duel in history. Koufax and Hendley took no-hitters into the seventh inning. The game featured the fewest hits — one — ever in any major-league contest. The hit, Lou Johnson’s bloop seventh-inning double, had nothing to do with the sole unearned run.
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Sidebar: Ring brothers play key part in
preserving Koufax broadcast history >>

Sandy Koufax's
perfecto, Part 1

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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.

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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.

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Visit the Jack Brickhouse microsite >>
Chicago Tribune: Cubs will honor
Jack Brickhouse Friday >>


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