Archive for the 'Research' Category

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 […]

Infinite Improbability Driving

Thursday, June 9th, 2005

These replica uniforms are what players in the 1870s were sporting to the ballpark. These are on display at the Byron History Museum in Byron, IL, which is about 12 miles south of Rockford. I stopped here on my meandering journey to Chicago because Byron was the birthplace of Albert G. Spalding. […]


Saturday, March 19th, 2005

“There is something in this baseball business that makes a person act a little queerly at times.”
P. K. Wrigley - Sporting News, October 10, 1935

Will Woo-Woo’s uniform be there someday?

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Apparently, the Chicago Historical Society has, among other artifacts, one of three existing “Shawon-O-Meter” signs that made their appearance at Cubs games during Shawn Dunston’s tenure at short. It was donated by David G. Cihla, whom I assume was the sign’s creator. The other two signs are part of the collections of the Smithsonian […]

At least he was being honest…

Monday, March 14th, 2005

From the Chicago Daily Tribune, September 17, 1929, refering to the Cub setting aside front row tickets to the 1929 World Series -
     I reproached Mr. Rickard for this discrimination one evening about two weeks before the uplift of Chicago, arguing that if a poor but honest shipping clerk saved $40 and sent his money […]