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New Sun-Times owner
still committed to sports,
but by how much?

By George Castle
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Heaven help you if you're a baseball writer and you have worked for one top boss who doesn't understand sports, another who hates one Chicago baseball team because he roots for another, and a third who doesn't understand local fans' readership tastes because he's from out of town.

Edwin Eisendrath at the Sun-Times' front door. He is a baseball fan, and claims he'll make an 'investment' in news coverage.

Edwin Eisendrath at the Sun-Times' front door. He is a baseball fan, and claims he'll make an "investment" in news coverage.


Yeah, I've toiled for all three — a bullfrog-like guy from a small Indiana town in the middle of nowhere, a petty politician who got himself appointed ambassador to Norway by Jimmy Carter and a job hopper from Lancaster, Pa.

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Impressionist Grote granted his freedom to creatively begin, end Cubs broadcasts


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Mark Grote at the Ron Santo statue outside Wrigley Field. Like Santo, Grote brings a humorous touch to the Cubs radio booth.

Mark Grote at the Ron Santo statue outside Wrigley Field. Like Santo, Grote brings a humorous touch to the Cubs radio booth.

Sweet Lou as channeled by Mark Grote, being asked how he'd think Grote would have handled a pre-game show with him daily:

"He...he asks the questions and we give the answers...He asks about Murton, he asks about DeRosa. And that's it. And we go home. What would you like me to say?"

Lou Piniella is retired, comfortably ensconced in his native Tampa, watching the Cubs from afar trying to make it back-to-back world championships instead of just back-to-back three-and-out playoff appearances in his managerial day.

But Mark Grote was busy covering both Piniella's Cubs and the more successful versions piloted by Joe Maddon. That gives him the perspective often lacking when teams and/or stations bring a talent in from out-of-town.
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Don Baylor's
Cubs days

Brickhouse Tavern
hosts memorabilia

Manfred & MLB
lobby NCAA



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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