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Cubs to give Dawson
deserved alumni ring

By George Castle
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Almost every autograph seeker approaching Fergie Jenkins in the back room at Skokie's Village Inn the other night asked to see the Hall of Famer's Cubs World Series ring.

Andre Dawson with Champaign sports promoter Mike Namoff (left) at a recent event.

Andre Dawson with Champaign sports promoter Mike Namoff (left) at a recent event.

The bling was like a magic talisman. From a grandma in a walker to kids, they asked to try on the ring, taking a photo with the always-affable Jenkins. The ring simply gave off its own aura. That's what a once-in-two-lifetimes achievement will do for a massive, grateful fan base.

Now it will be Andre Dawson's turn to share his ring with fans.



Podsednik shakes off shyness to analyze
Sox with Garfein, Melton on CSN Chicago

By George Castle, CBM Historian
Posted Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Scott Podsednik brings some World Series glamour to 25 Sox pre- and post-game shows on CSN Chicago.

Scott Podsednik brings some World Series glamour to 25 Sox pre- and post-game shows on CSN Chicago.

Scott Podsednik was a natural at the skills needed for his previous job: base-stealing leadoff man of the 2005 world champion White Sox and other teams before and after.

Also a natural as pre- and post-game Sox analyst for 25 games on CSN Chicago? Not so much.

"I didn't think about TV at all until the opportunity came up for me," said the personable Texan. "I was a very shy, very introverted guy growing up. I remained pretty introverted and to myself (going into his career). For me to even think about pursuing a career in TV or in media didn't seem right, didn't seem natural.

"It was something that my agent had thrown past me and had mentioned to me. I would think a little bit about it. But I never thought I'd pursue TV as a second career."

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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.

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 >>

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