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...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Stories from the Past: Q&A with Johnny Goryl

Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer and never was an All Star. He only played in 276 Major League games over six seasons and was just a career .225 hitter. But Goryl played in an era that had the likes of Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and so many other stars...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Buck O'Neil Award meets its match in Hall of Famer Joe Garagiola

PHOENIX -- Joe Garagiola will make history this week. When Garagiola is installed as the winner of the Buck O'Neil award at the Hall of Fame ceremonies Sunday, he will be the first man honored twice by the Hall. He used to joke that the only way he would get to the Hall was to buy a ticket. Now people buy tickets to see him, and they must make two stops. Garagiola, inducted into...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

10 most lopsided MLB trade deadline deals of all-time

Much like when amateur drafts are conducted in professional sports, you have to wait a couple years before coming to the conclusion about how MLB trades are going to impact the teams involved years down the road. These trades come together for a couple of reasons. Mainly, it’s one team that is no longer in contention looking to trade a veteran to another team that might give up...
Via Sportsnaut
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hamilton's walk-off puts cap on Reds' doubleheader sweep

It was Cubs legend Ernie Banks who famously said, "let's play two," but after the Reds swept a doubleheader from Banks' former team on Tuesday, Reds legend-in-the-making Billy Hamilton did him one better -- "Let's play three." Hamilton hit a broken-bat single into left in the ninth inning to give the Reds their first doubleheader sweep since 2009...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 09, 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.  ...
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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

Promotional Items: A Random Reason to Go to Cubs Games

It’s no secret that the Cubs have had trouble filling Wrigley Field consistently.  The attendance regularly sits above 25000 or so and every now and then you’ll here them announce paid attendance of 30000+, but then you look on TV and it’s a sea of green as the stands are almost completely empty because those are the tickets the scalpers bought and couldn’t foist onto walk...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

World Series Dreaming at Wrigley Field, 6/23/2014

I just got back from a fun but disappointing game at Wrigley Field in which the host Cubs dropped a late heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Reds, 6-1.  It was much closer than that for the longest time, and bear with me as I take you through our night at the ballpark… Anno and I met at the Ernie Banks statue.  Since he was giving me free tickets, I gave the boss my extra Babe Ruth...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Appreciating The Excellence Of Jimmy Rollins

Baseball, perhaps more than any other sport, celebrates milestones and statistics — almost defines itself by them — whether it is an all-time mark for a the game or for an individual team. That obsession with numbers has helped certain players define certain franchises — Babe Ruth/Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees, Ernie Banks and […] The post Appreciating The Excellence...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

I Miss Tony Gwynn

You’re wrong about Tony Gwynn.  However good you think he was, you are mistaken.  However amazed you are about his career, you are misinformed. That’s because Tony Gwynn wasn’t that good.  He was better.  Take every bit of praise coming his way and increase it because none of it is hyperbole.  Simply, it is impossible to overstate Gwynn’s legacy. No one truly appreciates...
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June 16, 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...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field Seats To Line Michigan Avenue

Posted to CharityComing to North Michigan Avenue later this week: Fifty custom-made pairs of ballpark seats — a public art project and fundraiser celebrating Wrigley Field’s 100-year anniversary. The 100 seats will depict a “special moment in time” at the iconic ballpark, according to a press release issued on Tuesday. Cubs Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Chicago...
Via Sports Mockery
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs 1st to solve Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka

Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks made a special visit Tuesday night to greet Derek Jeter in his last visit to Wrigley Field in a Yankees uniform. The Cubs presented Jeter with a scoreboard panel with his No. 2 inscribed on it in a pregame ceremony. The hospitality stopped there, as the Cubs solved Masahiro Tanaka to hand the Japanese sensation his first loss in pulling away to a...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Truly memorable dinner with Babe Ruth’s daughter; ‘He was just Daddy to me’

Working in this business for more than 30 years, I have been fortunate to meet some incredible people. I hung with George Bush (41) and Michael Jordan on the same day at a Ryder Cup; stupidly turned down a ride from Clint Eastwood at Pebble Beach; spent two hours with Ernie Banks looking at his picture file at Tribune Tower. However, never in my wildest dreams, from the day I first...
Via Sherman Report
May 19, 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...
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April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in History: Wrigley Field Opens

On April 23, 1914, the first major league baseball game was played at Weeghman Park, now known as Wrigley Field, by the Chicago Federals, representing the city in the Federal League, and it has since become a go-to landmark in the city because of its historic significance and renowned tradition. The first National League game was not held in the stadium until April 1916. The park...
Via Grandstand University
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Cubs blow 3-run lead in 9th, lose 7-5

The Chicago Cubs pulled out all the stops Wednesday in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, inviting the likes of Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams, Bears superstars Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers and Commissioner Bud Selig. Manager Rick Renteria loves the history of Wrigley Field but hoped his players would maintain their focus when they...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field 100 was a birthday as Cublike as the Cubs can be

Today was Wrigley Field 100, the “party of the century” as the Cubs marketing called it. Well, someone narced on your party and told the campus police to come and break it up. For Cubs fans, the ending was even worse than the weather. And that’s saying something given how the temperature was in the mid to high 30s in the shade. And today the Friendly Confines were quite shady...
Via The Sports Bank
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Blue Jays, Lawrie slam Twins

‘Let’s play two’ Wasn’t that what Cubs great Ernie Banks used to say? Banks might have been singing a different tune if he was on the field for Tuesday night’s freeze-athon at Target Field, what with a game time temperature of 1.5C. The bad news is that the forecast for Wednesday calls for lower temperatures and snow. Cool, no? If that possibility occurs the chances...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Wrigley Field’s Booze Selection is Enough to Make a Young Man Cry, Tears of Happiness

Chicago Cubs News – Wrigley Field has finally caught on the with the beer craze and will have some new additions to their previously poor beer lineup. Don’t worry non-beer drinkers, there will also be cocktails served to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley. Look at all the drink options there will be at Chicago Cubs games this season to celebrate “the party of the century...
Via Sports Mockery
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The Most Interesting Chicago Cub Ever?

We all know about the greatest Chicago Cubs players throughout history. You have Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg and many many others who Cub fans know and love. But there is one man who was nothing less than a modern day Renaissance man who spanned a great spectrum of jobs. He was a soldier,  a professional actor as well as an athlete. You might know Chuck...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Q and A with Johnny Goryl

Probably the most fascinating person in the entire Cleveland Indians organization to talk to is Johnny Goryl. He is not a Hall of Famer and never was an All Star. He only played in 276 Major League games over six seasons and was just a career .225 hitter. But Goryl played in an era that had the likes of Mickey Mantle, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax and so many other stars...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Road to Opening Day: #14

The Cubs once again split their games, beating the Mets in Vegas while losing a tough one against the Indians at home in Mesa on Sunday.  Travis Wood had a good game despite taking the loss in Mesa, and Dan Vogelbach hit a homer in Vegas.  That was pretty much it since I don’t have cable and basically just followed the games on and Twitter all afternoon. Monday afternoon...
Via World Series Dreaming
March 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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