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A.J., Omar will talk a good game at different White Sox levels

By George Castle
Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Love the White Sox appointments of A.J. Pierzynski as team ambassador and Omar Vizquel as Class-A Winston-Salem manager.

As usual, there are more to the stories.

A.J. Pierzynski a Sox ambassador-turned-broadcaster? Stay tuned. Photo credit Keith Allison at https://www.flickr.com/photos/keithallison/.

A.J. Pierzynski a Sox ambassador-turned-broadcaster? Stay tuned. Photo credit Keith Allison.

Pierzynski, baseball's top agent-provocateur during his South Side days, is a natural for the glad-handing job. Remember, the Sox had to restock ambassador positions after the deaths in recent years of Minnie Minoso, Billy Pierce and Moose Skowron. A.J. can tell endless versions of his feat as the only man to ever legally "steal" first base, victimizing the Angels in the 2005 American League Championship Series.
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The Greg Maddux 'money quotes'
that too few read in 1991


By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Greg Maddux was honored with Fergie Jenkins at Wrigley Field with their No. 31 being retired in 2009. Deep down, Maddux likely wished the honor was for a career-long stay as a Cub. Photo credit ScottRAnselmo at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Maddux_53.jpg.

Greg Maddux was honored with Fergie Jenkins at Wrigley Field with their No. 31 being retired in 2009. Deep down, Maddux likely wished the honor was for a career-long stay as a Cub. Photo credit ScottRAnselmo.

December 9, 2017 is a date likely passing without note or significance to the Chicago baseball fan.

It should be remembered. The day marks 25 years since Greg Maddux formally bolted from the Cubs, seemingly stiffed the New York Yankees and signed with the hard-charging Atlanta Braves, thereby changing the history of all three franchises, most notably his original team.

But let's wind the clock further back to the late summer of 1991. Maddux, then a durable right-hander completing his fourth full season in the majors, sat down with me in the Cubs dugout at Wrigley Field. We talked about the art of pitching and Maddux's future.

He was going into his option year prior to free agency in 1992. What Maddux told me would be "money quotes" by any standard. They were used in an Oct. 1991 feature, "Greg Maddux: A Steady Rock in the Cubs' Rotation," in Chicago Sports Profiles magazine, a bi-monthly slick publication that published from the mid-1980s until 2000. Sports Profiles' circulation was not robust. It was not a must-read at the downtown news outlets so Maddux's quotes did not get secondary play in the newspapers. The Score, the city's first all-sports radio station, would not sign on with morning host Tom Shaer's voice until the following January.
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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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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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