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.
In this edition, a 2009 interview with Hall of Famer Lou Brock is featured. Brock reveals an off-the-field side rarely recounted from his 1962-63 Cubs days — his winter job as a combination heating-oil salesman and furnace repairman.Interestingly, a Feb. 3, 1963 Chicago Sun-Times Sunday feature on ballplayers’ off-season jobs did not include Brock’s unusual assignments. The article included Sox pitcher Joel Horlen working as a ticket salesman for the team and Cubs outfielder Bob Will working for the Wrigley gum company. Brock, of course, departed the Cubs in an infamous June 15, 1964 trade for sore-elbowed pitcher Ernie Broglio.
“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.