Archive for the 'History' Category


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Ron Santo played third base from 1960 untill 1974. 14 of those 15 years were for the Cubs, all were for the City of Chicago, but none were on a post-season team. He was an All-Star nine times, won the Gold Glove five years in a row, led the NL in walks four […]

The More Things Change…

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

One of the reasons we all love sports so much is that they provide a needed distraction from our everyday lives and bring together communities in a way that very few things can. There was a story last week about a judge in New Orleans ruling to delay a trial for a few days […]

Jazz Ball

Friday, January 26th, 2007

I love Wikipedia.  You never know what you’re gonna learn…
For instance - did you know that the word “jazz” was apparently first used to describe a type of pitch by a player in the Pacific Coast League in 1912, only later to be used to to describe a type of music in Chicago?


Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Suicide is not funny.  Yes, it can be a cry for attention or help, but to get to that point, you have to be so emotionally desperate if you feel that your death is the only way to get people notice or have sympathy for you.
It’s also an incredibly selfish act.  Killing yourself because you […]

Then and Now

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

I’m reading through “A Ball Player’s Career” which is the (ghost-written) autobiography of Adrian (Cap) Anson who was one of the best ball players and managers of the 19th century, a driving force behind the Chicago ball club’s success back then, and unfortunately one of the key figures in the drawing of baseball’s color line.
When […]

(Not-So) Perfect

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Sure, right after I go on and on about how great Maddux and Cedeno are doing, the team lands in Arizona and both guys have a lousy couple of games. This makes me fear the next Seam Marshal start.
The whole team played terribly, but, for some reason, the Cubs can never seem […]

A 19th Century Tommy John Candidate

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

I’ve run across some really fascinating stuff doing my research for my main site. I have always been a history buff so I love it when I run across historic news accounts of things like the Haymarket Riots and the building of the Statue of Liberty. This weekend, I happened upon an article from the […]

Baseball Poetry

Saturday, November 19th, 2005

From the Chicago Tribune, August 15, 1886 -
Mother, may I slug the umpire,
May I slug him right away,
So he cannot be here, mother,
When the clubs begin to play?
Let me clasp his throat, dear mother,
in a dear, delightful grip
With one hand, and with the other
But him several in the lip.
Let me climb his frame, dear mother,
While […]

Holy Mackerel

Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

Internet Archive is a wonderful place on the net dedicated to archiving all sorts of public domain works , be they audio, text, video, or even software. Individuals are welcome to submit their own materials to be freely accessed by anyone. One such person committed themselves to remixing the “Hey, Hey, Holy […]

Closing Things Out

Thursday, September 29th, 2005

As the Cubs limp into the final weekend, having clinched 4th place in the NL Central, they find themselves in Houston with the nice opportunity to be witness to both of their division rivals achieve a berth in the post-season. Sure, there is the outside chance the Cubs could sweep the Astros and give […]