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In a power-hungry game, Viciedo key Sox chip

Friday, December 5th
By George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle

When Sox GM Rick Hahn talked Friday about right-handed power being a much-coveted commodity – a “bit of a scarcity” -- at the winter meetings and beyond, he inadvertently gave a clue to his key trading chip.

Reading the verbal tea leaves of top executives for clues is a cottage industry at this time of year, if you don’t want to wait for agent-inspired leaks on player moves. So tying together snippets from Hahn’s pre-San Diego media chat was the big exercise on a day the city was also flushing the skunk-like stink of the Bears out of its system.

Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein
In the end, Rick Hahn (left) and Theo Epstein should be hunting for pitching at the winter meetings and beyond.

Guesswork is necessary in 2014. Dispensing a half a loaf to the media is so-20th century.



Hall of Fame vote disappointing,
but ex-Sox made strong showing

By David J. Fletcher, CBM President
Posted on Tuesday, December 9th

Golden Era voter Tracy Ringolsby, nicknamed

Golden Era voter Tracy Ringolsby, nicknamed "The Cowboy," of

SAN DIEGO — I could tell by the dour facial expression of Jane Forbes Clark, before announcing the Golden Era Ballot at the dais in the Grand Hall of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, that this vote was going to be another shutout, just as veteran columnist Barry Bloom had predicted.

Dick Allen, the leading former White Sox candidate, and Tony Oliva were the top vote-getters, each coming in just one vote shy with 11. Ex-Sox Jim Kaat also was close with 10 votes, Maury Wills nine and Minnie Minoso eight. All others, including former Sox Billy Pierce and Ken Boyer, got three or fewer votes.

As with the annual BBWAA vote, successful candidates must receive at least 75 percent of the vote from the 16-member Golden Era Committee.

Having enjoyed a large six-member class this past July, with three 2014 Hall of Famers voted in via the Expansion Era Committee, the coming year’s induction class size is left only with the results of the upcoming January BBWAA vote.

After the vote, several members of the committee – Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, fellow enshrinees Jim Bunning and Pat Gillick, statistician Steve Hirdt and veteran writers Tracy Ringolsby and Dick Kaegel — fielded questions about the process. Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski, already in town for the winter meetings, filled in for ill panel member Bob Watson.


Minnie Minoso
for Hall of Fame

Jim Kaat, for
HOF Consideration

Dick Allen,
Part Two

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 >>

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

CBM assists Elmhurst Historical Museum with 'Chicago Civil Wars' Cubs/Sox exhibit

If you want to appropriately emphasize “civil wars,” then have drawings of opposing cannons in ballparks facing off at one end of your exhibit, then feature a giant photo of Michael Barrett landing a right hand on A.J. Pierzynski’s “grill” (thanks, Ed Farmer) at the opposite end.

Admission is free. For more information, call 630-833-1457.



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