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 features a 1997 interview with Joe Black, who first gained fame as the 1952 NL rookie of the year with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Black distinguished himself in relief for “The Boys of Summer” before being summoned out of the ‘pen to start three 1952 World Series games against the Yankees. Later, Black worked for the Greyhound bus company while handling community work. While passing through Wrigley Field, Black recalled the lessons he learned from Jackie Robinson, a six-year big-league veteran in ’52. Black died in 2002.
“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.