A baseball card cliche

In addition to collecting cards of Cubs players, which inspire me to write from time to time, I also collect cards of players from other teams, if the picture on their card (front or back) can be identified as being taken in Wrigley Field. The card scans listed above are some of the cards inContinue reading “A baseball card cliche”

“No-hit” vs. the No-hit king

In late 1965, Sandy Koufax made history in two different ways in a game against the Cubs. First, he threw a perfect game, which was only the eighth in the history of baseball to that point. But he also became the first pitcher to throw four no-hitters in his career. And, just to add aContinue reading ““No-hit” vs. the No-hit king”

I thought of him as my Grandpa

Jack Brickhouse was my surrogate grandfather from 1975 to 1981. He’s the reason why I turned away from the Cardinals, which was no small thing for a young boy living in the Cardinals’ town of Springfield, Illinois. And as I got older, and the Cubs replaced the mild-mannered Jack with the more bombastic Harry CarayContinue reading “I thought of him as my Grandpa”

Bring Ryno back

The Cubs have already righted one of their wrongs by letting Jim Hendry go, but they need to go further than that. And repairing the damage done to their relationship with Ryne Sandberg is the next step they need to take. Sandberg was a great player, no question about it. From the first game IContinue reading “Bring Ryno back”

Jody! Jody! Jody!

At the dawn of the 1980s, I was an eleven-year old kid living in Springfield, Illinois. And at the end of the 1980s, I was a 21-year old who wanted to live as far away as possible. You might say I passed through the crucible of youth that decade, going from 7th grader to collegeContinue reading “Jody! Jody! Jody!”

A dramatic win for the Cubs

September 28 marks the end of another lost season for the Cubs. They never did make any noise on the field, except to scare away the seagulls that were flocking to the outfield early in the season. The post-mortem reports of what went wrong, and what’s needed in the offseason to rebuild the team, willContinue reading “A dramatic win for the Cubs”

Reconstructing an old memory

As a kid who wore glasses from an early age, I identified with ballplayers who wore them, too. One of the most prominently spectacled players was Jeff Burroughs, who had a long career in the majors, with most of it spent in the American League. For some reason, though, I have a partial memory ofContinue reading “Reconstructing an old memory”

I’m shutting down for the season, too

Maybe this practice has been going on for a long time and I just haven’t noticed it, but there seems to be a wave of players that are being “shut down” for the remainder of this season. Joe Mauer, Andre Ethier, Johnny Cueto, Chone Figgins, and several others have decided–or been told–that they won’t playContinue reading “I’m shutting down for the season, too”

A Hall of Famer lived in my neighborhood

When it comes to having a long and storied career, the Cubs don’t have anyone better than Leo Charles “Gabby” Hartnett. He didn’t win a World Series title, but there wasn’t too much that he didn’t accomplish over his career, from winning an MVP to being named a six time All-Star, and from winning fourContinue reading “A Hall of Famer lived in my neighborhood”

My second favorite place on earth

I grew up watching Cubs games on WGN in Chicago. It was a central part of my youth, just like the school I went to and the things I did to keep myself amused and out of trouble when I couldn’t watch or play baseball. I watched other shows on WGN too, like Bozo’s CircusContinue reading “My second favorite place on earth”

#Cubs are now 30 losses from the #DoubleTriple

I know that the series was played in Houston, but come on. Losing a series to what is easily the worst team in baseball this year? And Cubs fans are supposed to be excited about the direction of this team? No thanks. At least we can keep moving through the 1980s on the #DoubleTriple countdown.Continue reading “#Cubs are now 30 losses from the #DoubleTriple”

One great day in the sun, and then life goes on

It was Opening Day, 1994. April 4, to be exact. I couldn’t know it at the time, but it was 5 years to the day before my first child would be born. My wife and I were in full-on DINKS mode, which explains why we were at Wrigley Field that day. I found the pictureContinue reading “One great day in the sun, and then life goes on”

What about Monday the 13th?

I’m not superstitious. Really. Yes, I find it strange that there’s an ambulance #13 that makes the rounds ¬†on the streets where I live. And yes, I think that the Cubs’ curse has less to do with a billy goat than it does with Wrigley Field’s ZIP code of 60613 (look it up if youContinue reading “What about Monday the 13th?”

Hats off to the champions

I am not an NBA fan. I remember the Bird and Magic era in the 1980s, and the Jordan era in Chicago is looking better and better as time goes by. But the sport itself doesn’t interest me that much. Certainly not like baseball does, and probably not as much as football, either. And thereContinue reading “Hats off to the champions”