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Wrigley video board will end era for ballhawks
Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2013 | Paul Sullivan

Posted on 08/23/2013 11:40:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy

When the Cubs finally welcome 20th-century technology and erect a jumbo video board behind the left-field bleachers, the small band of North Side characters known as the ballhawks say they will quickly disperse.

It may happen as soon as 2014, or it may take a couple of years if the process of choosing a company, constructing the board and hiring a crew to run it proves too difficult for the Cubs, who want to end their squabble with rooftop owners before proceeding with their $300 million ballpark renovation plan.


The Wrigley Field ballhawks are part of the ballpark's history, though only a few old-timers still come out.

They mostly hang around the corner of Waveland and Kenmore avenues, outside the left-field wall, waiting for right-handed hitters to clear the fence. Sometimes they shuffle over to Sheffield Avenue when a left-handed hitter with pop is up, but the majority of the action is in left, where the new video board eventually will go up.

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TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Outdoors; Sports
I've made fun of these losers my entire life. Now, I feel sorry for them. Amazing how the world works.
1 posted on 08/23/2013 11:40:22 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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Reminds me of a bygone era when boys looked up to their hometown heros and getting one of their batted balls for free would make them neighborhood heros.

Back way before free agency was a gleam in Marvin Miller's eye.

2 posted on 08/23/2013 12:04:17 PM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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