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Chicago was a
listening 'desert' for
Scully's best work

By George Castle
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Vin Scully's simulcast on Comcast Sports Net Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 28, was a treat for more than the obvious reasons.

Honored by his alma mater Fordham University, Vin Scully (right) has experienced the ultimate long and winding road to his farewell season in 2016. Photo credit fordhamalumni at https://www.flickr.com/photos/fordhamalumni/.

Honored by his alma mater Fordham University, Vin Scully (right) has experienced the ultimate long and winding road to his farewell season in 2016. Photo credit fordhamalumni.

To be sure, seeing Scully do part of his final game involving a Chicago team was must-viewing, showing the old master, while a bit slowed in delivery at 88, still has his broadcast wordsmith and storytelling talents intact.

What most CSN Chicago viewers did not know is they never got nearly enough of Scully at his very best through much of his Ripken-esque 67 seasons behind the Dodgers mic. The Midwest was a kind of "Scully desert" for his 1950s through 1970s radio prime.

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No longer the 'Milkman,'
Perry tries a pre-cast side to life


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Monday, August 29th, 2016

Herbert Perry provided a complementary bat to a powerful lineup for the 2000 White Sox (Photo courtesy of Chicago White Sox).

Herbert Perry provided a complementary bat to a powerful lineup for the 2000 White Sox (Photo courtesy of Chicago White Sox).

Herbert Perry is no longer "The Milkman."

And that's not all bad. Things change.

One of the sparkplugs of the underloved, eventually-underperforming 2000 White Sox, Perry still has the ultimate old-school values and image even as his profession changes. A "Milkman" in honor of his family's longtime dairy farm, the retired infielder now constructs from pre-cast moldings, then delivers septic tanks in an 80-mile radius around his panhandle Mayo, Fla., home amid very rural Lafayette County, home to just 3,000 souls.

A new nickname is not obvious for his latest unglamorous, earthy gig for Perry, just like nothing is as yet apparent for the Sox's new stadium title sponsor of Guaranteed Rate. But the bottom lines never change for Perry. He is still an old-school country boy, a believer in hard work even after getting $1 million-plus annual paydays in his final few years in the majors in the early 2000s.

Perry could take the easy way out, living on investments and baseball pension, and go off coaching somewhere. He is the sole driver for his business in delivering the concrete tanks.
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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 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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