Day: January 4, 2017

2007 — ‘Sweet Lou’ paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella

By on January 4, 2017

'Sweet Lou' paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007.

'Sweet Lou' paints a self-portrait as wannabe low-key fella -This CBM vintage baseball podcast features interview with Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007.

Lou Piniella cut a colorful path with both body English and verbiage as Cubs manager (left). Much of what he applied in the dugout he learned while playing for the Yankees (right), several times for mentor Billy Martin. Photo credits Jauerback & Phil5329.

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition, culled from a long-form interview with then-Cubs manager Lou Piniella aired in late July 2007, looks at Piniella’s view of himself as a colorful baseball character. Piniella admitted he had a “red-ass” reputation, but preferred to stay out of the limelight — which proved impossible during his tumultuous Cubs tenure.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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