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Hall of Fame replay: Dawson in Cubs cap?

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Tues., August 19th

George Castle, CBM Historian

George Castle

Sometimes radical change takes place in baseball when it’s least expected.

Two years ago, I seemed to wage a lonely quest to have extensive video replay introduced after a series of egregious blown calls and the presence of HD cameras.         STORY >>

Pitch and Hit Club backs
Little Leaguers

Pete Caliendo

Pete Caliendo

Among the many contributors who have stepped forth to support Chicago's Jackie Robinson West trip to the Little League World Series is the Pitch and Hit Club.

Pete Caliendo, club president, announced a $500 donation to the team.

“We are very proud of the coaches and young men who have represented the Jackie Robinson League and Jackie Robinson family at the Little League World Series," Caliendo said.

"It is a great accomplishment showing that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. Our Pitch and Hit Club of Chicago believes strongly in the development of young players in the game and giving all players a chance to reach their dreams, That is the reason we donated for the trip to the Little League World Series."


Education of a catcher in
high gear at Kane County

By George Castle, CBM Historian and Dr. David Fletcher, CBM President
Posted on Monday, August 18th

Former Braves top prospect Victor Caratini has quickly adjusted to his new baseball life as a Kane County Cougar.

Former Braves top prospect Victor Caratini has quickly adjusted to his new baseball life as a Kane County Cougar.

The education of a catcher is taking place in a hurry-up manner at Fifth Third Bank ballpark in Geneva, Ill., 40 miles west of Chicago.

With the Midwest League season wrapping up with postseason play the week after Labor Day, the likes of Kane County Cougars manager Mark Johnson, pitching coach David Rosario and hitting coach Tom Beyers are concentrating on the mechanical fundamentals and mental aspects of newcomer Victor Caratini’s game.

While the Cubs’ “Core Four” gets the lion’s share of publicity and No. 1 draft pick Kyle Schwarber draws his fair share of attention, Caratini’s future in the rebuilding organization could be just as crucial. The Cubs need to beef up their catching depth in the minors with incumbent big-league starter Wellington Castillo apparently having leveled off at his ceiling. The stark fact led Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer to trade two capable big leaguers in outfielder-infielder Emilio Bonifacio and reliever James Russell for Caratini on July 31.


Larry Himes
reunites with Thomas

'Big' Jim Hickman,
Tenn. Gentleman

Frank Thomas
HOF Speech

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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