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Moving on: Cubs end a remarkable era on WGN Radio

My latest Chicago Tribune column is on the end of an era in Chicago. Consider this: If the Cubs stay on their new radio outlet, WBBM-AM 780, for as long as they were on WGN-AM 720, fans will be listening to games on that station in 2069. Assuming, of course, there’s radio and baseball. From the column: ********* Nothing lasts forever, but the idea of the Cubs leaving WGN-AM 720...
Via Sherman Report
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: toe tap restores Hamilton’s power, Pujols passes Mathews and Banks on all-time home run list

The August 7th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including toe tap restores Hamilton’s power, Pujols passes Mathews and Banks on all-time home run list and much more… The Story: Adding a toe tap back into his swing has helped Josh Hamilton find his power stroke again. The Monkey Says: Whatever works. What might also work would just be to stop swinging...
Via Monkey with a Halo
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s play two: Ernie Banks on the cover of Sports Illustrated

Great to see old friend and everyone’s hero in Chicago, Ernie Banks, on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated. He is featured in their annual “Where are they now” edition. Still looks like he could hit 40 homers. Here’s a SI cover with Ernie and Pete Rose in 1969. Note the date: Sept. 8. Cubs still held a 1 1/2 game lead over the Mets. Alas, it wouldn’t last.  ...
Via Sherman Report
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Ernie Banks Graces the Latest Cover of Sports Illustrated

Posted to Lovable LosersSI writer Rich Cohen takes a look into what made Banks a household name. While Banks failed to win was a championship during his 19 seasons with the Cubs, he earned 2 MVP awards, and 11 All-Star appearanced. His outlook on winning and relaxed approach to life, however, established him as a valuable lesson to all, and resonates just as positively with Cubs...
Via Sports Mockery
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life

The Chicago Cubs have a very rich history, you know, if you discount the whole 106 years without a World Series Championship. Some of the greatest players to ever play the game have worn the Cubs emblem with pride. Players like Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sanberg and many others. On of the most well known and most historic players in Cubs franchise history...
Via World Series Dreaming
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in History: Number 500 For Ernie Banks

On May 12, 1970, Chicago Cubs first baseman, Ernie Banks, hit his 500th home run in a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Banks’ second inning homer was launched over the left field wall shortly after it was released by Braves’ pitcher Pat Jarvis with no one on and two outs. It was the first run of the game for the Cubs and brought them to a 2...
Via Grandstand University
May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs celebrate 100th birthday of Wrigley Field with epic collapse

You can’t make this stuff up.  The venerable Wrigley Field has seen it all, from Ernie Banks 500th home run to Sammy Sosa’s 62nd home run of 1998, to Ryno-mania in 1984, to three All-Star games to even, yes, five World Series (last one, 1945).  None of those ended well, neither did a Bartman or Billy Goat curse.  But today, April 23, 2014, nostalgia reigned as North-side fans...
Via Reading Between The Seams
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

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