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  • Lennie Merullo, the last living Cub to play in a World Series, dies at 98

    05/31/2015 3:21:37 PM PDT · by Impy · 54 replies
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 5-30-15 | David Just
    Lennie Merullo, the last living Cubs player from the 1945 World Series, died Saturday. He was 98. Merullo played seven seasons at shortstop with the Cubs from 1941-47. After Andy Pafko’s death in 2013, Merullo became the only living person to have played for the Cubs in a World Series.
  • Ex-major league and Snohomish star Earl Averill Jr. dies

    05/15/2015 2:30:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | May 14, 2015 | Adam Jude
    Earl Averill Jr., a Snohomish High School graduate and a seven-year major league veteran, died Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83. The Mariners scheduled a moment of silence in Averill’s honor just before the start of Thursday’s game against the Red Sox. Averill is the son of Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Averill.
  • Opening night at the unfinished Wrigley Field was a disaster

    04/06/2015 10:16:46 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    Yahoo ^ | April 5, 2015 | Cork Gaines
    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was at the game, and he confirmed that lines for the restrooms were "problematically long" and posted a photo of what appeared to cups filled with urine.
  • Ernie Banks, RIP: Always a Beautiful Day

    01/27/2015 12:35:36 PM PST · by BluesDuke · 33 replies
    Sports Central ^ | 27 January 2014 | Yours Truly
    There is no joy in Wrigleyville. Mighty Ernie has checked out. At 83. Cub fans aren't the only ones in baseball's world who think that, for Ernie Banks, it's still too young to go. Winning with class is easy compared to losing with grace, good humor, and the inner peace of knowing you did the best you could with what you had. But then there was Banks. The prototype of the power-hitting shortstop whose knees turned him into a first baseman who could still hit but had to prove himself every spring, anyway, his sunny nature couldn't be killed by...
  • Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks dead at the age of 83 (Mr. Cub, "Let's play two."

    01/23/2015 8:09:54 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 45 replies
    My Fox Chicago ^ | 1/23/2015
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Chicago legend Ernie Banks, also known as 'Mr. Cub' and 'Mr. Sunshine,' died Friday night, sources say. He was 83. Banks would have turned 84 on January 31. He was born in 1931 in Dallas, Texas. Banks was the first African American player to play for the Cubs. In 1950, he played for the Kansas City Monarchs in Negro League Baseball . He then played shortstop and first base for 19 seasons, from 1953 to 1971. The entire time Banks played for the Cubs, he was a national league all-star for 11 seasons. He was...
  • Cubs Legend Ernie Banks Has Died [HOF SS, at 83 RIP, Pres Obama will probably mention]

    01/23/2015 8:09:42 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 39 replies
    WGN TV ^ | January 23, 2015 | Steelers6
    Cubs legend Ernie Banks has died, according to a Cubs source. This is a developing news story, check back for details.
  • Andy Pafko dies, played in last Cubs World Series

    10/09/2013 9:04:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2013 | Mark Gonzales and Paul Sullivan
    Former Cubs star Andy Pafko had a good bat, a memorable nickname and a reputation as one of the friendliest players in the game. Pafko, 92, died Tuesday in a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A popular five-time All-Star who played 17 seasons and appeared in 24 World Series games — including the Cubs' last visit to the Series in 1945 — Pafko had a lifetime .285 average with 213 home runs and 976 RBIs playing for the Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves.
  • Tuesday is Rick Monday ‘flag saving’ bobblehead night in L.A.

    08/27/2013 4:47:59 PM PDT · by CincyRichieRich · 23 replies
    CBS Sports Eye On Baseball ^ | 8-27-13 | Matt Snyder
    Tuesday night, the Dodgers host the Cubs in Dodger Stadium and they are having possibly the best ballpark giveaway of the season. It's Rick Monday 'flag-saving' bobblehead night. That is, it commemorates the time Cubs outfielder Rick Monday saved an American flag was being burnt on the Dodgers Stadium outfield from a few protestors.
  • Wrigley video board will end era for ballhawks

    08/23/2013 11:40:22 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 22, 2013 | Paul Sullivan
    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,...
  • Cubs Lose! Cubs Lose!

    05/06/2013 5:37:42 PM PDT · by rhema · 26 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 5/6/13 | Larry Thornberry
    A bad case of Tom Ricketts in Wrigley Field, Chicago. Major League sports team owners we will always have with us. They are different from the rest of us. Wake a normal person at three in the morning with a loud noise and he’ll yell, “Holy ****! What was that!?” Wake a major league team owner (any sport) at the same time with the same noise and he’ll explain, “We need a new ball-yard. And if you don’t buy us one with public money we’ll move the team to Keokuk.” When The Mob does this it’s called extortion. When major...
  • Goat's head delivered to Wrigley Field

    04/11/2013 4:25:21 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 5 replies
    AP via WPXI ^ | April 10, 2013
    CHICAGO -- Goats that previously appeared at Chicago's Wrigley Field were alive and kicking. But not Wednesday, when a goat's head was left in a box outside the home of the Cubs. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts. Ricketts is currently in negotiations with city officials and neighborhood business people about the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.
  • Forbes: Cubs most profitable team in baseball

    03/27/2013 3:44:23 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 16 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 3/27/2013 | Paul Sullivan
    MESA, Ariz. -- The Cubs are the fourth most valuable franchise in the major leagues at $1 billion, according to Forbe's annual valuation of all 30 teams. Forbes also estimates the Cubs had an operating income of $32.1 million last year, making them the most profitable team in baseball. Operating income was based on earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. The business magazine said the Cubs figure to be in even better shape after 2014, when they can opt out of their WGN-TV deal and sign a more lucrative contract. Forbes said the Cubs made less than $50 million...
  • Business leaders come out in support of gay marriage in Illinois

    01/14/2013 7:41:31 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 14, 2013 | Manya Brachear
    Dozens of Illinois business leaders and several companies publicly endorsed gay marriage Sunday in an attempt to reignite the issue after a proposed bill failed to get traction in Springfield this month. State lawmakers aren't scheduled to be at the Capitol much until early February, and sponsors of a measure to grant gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry are likely to need some time to win over dozens of rookie colleagues. But in an open letter issued Sunday, business executives stated their case to lawmakers that marriage equality would strengthen the Illinois workforce and boost economic development.
  • 'An incredible day for an incredible man' Ron Santo inducted into the National Baseball Hall Of Fame

    07/22/2012 10:01:44 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 1 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/22/2012 | Phil Rogers
    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old Musial, doing a pretty good Harry Caray imitation. On Sunday, in Ron Santo's honor, Bench put on a Cubs jersey before he went to the podium and slipped into character. "Ron would have loved it," Vicki Santo, Ron's widow, said afterward. "He and Johnny were such good friends. He would have thought it was hysterical. He would...
  • Emanuel Dumps Daley Nephew 2 Others From Sports Stadium Board[Redo Sox lease,wants Wrigley]

    11/19/2011 9:13:31 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 12 replies
    SunTimes ^ | November 18, 2011 | FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dumping all three city members of the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority — including former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew — in a housecleaning that could set the stage to renegotiate the White Sox lease, modify its restaurant deal and, possibly, have the state acquire and renovate Wrigley Field.
  • VIDEO: Tiny Leopard Cubs Saved From Cambodian Flood Waters

    11/05/2011 12:03:55 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies ^ | November 4th, 2011
    Just what it says in the title. Video at source. WARNING: So sweet it will give you Teh Diabeetus.
  • Avery PTO (St. Louis Suburb School Ends Sponsorship of Cubs Scouts due to "social justice")

    10/31/2011 12:25:53 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 25 replies
    Boy Scout/Cub Scout Charter Discussion Bob Casey—Pack 303, Britt Kennedy-Troop 303, Brad Schnell, PTO liaison, and Joe Mueller from the Greater St. Louis area council represented the Boy Scouts and answered questions. PTO members checked in at the door and received a blue card to be exchanged for a written ballot. The voting process was explained. Issues: Executive Committee role in supervising scouting activity and concerns if this is the role of the PTO. Boy Scouts/Cub Scouts are the only organizations that the PTO charters. Issues were brought to the Exec Council this summer and the PTO Exec council did...
  • Mets Won't Wear NYPD, FDNY Hats.

    09/11/2011 7:07:19 PM PDT · by Wiggins · 45 replies
    ESPN ^ | Adam Rubin
    NEW YORK -- New York Mets players considered violating a Major League Baseball edict prohibiting them from wearing hats of various New York City first responders during Sunday night's game against the Chicago Cubs, but ultimately opted to adhere to the order from the commissioner's office, player rep Josh Thole said. MLB denied the Mets' request to wear the baseball caps despite the policy. Joe Torre, MLB's executive vice president for baseball operations, told The Associated Press in a phone interview the decision was made to keep policy consistent throughout baseball. "Certainly it's not a lack of respect," Torre said....
  • Possible plea deal for Wrigley bomb suspect

    09/01/2011 2:52:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    AP ^ | September 1, 2011
    Federal prosecutors say they have discussed a possible plea deal for a Lebanese immigrant accused of placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Wrigley Field last year. Prosecutors didn't elaborate when they told Judge Robert Gettleman at a Thursday status hearing in Chicago that they've been talking to defense lawyers about resolving the case before it gets to trial.
  • Cubs go to bat for LGBT teens

    06/22/2011 6:35:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 67 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 22, 2011 | Rex W. Huppke
    The Cubs are sending a message of support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, becoming only the second professional sports team in the country to join the anti-bullying "It Gets Better" campaign.
  • Cubs threw 1918 World Series?

    04/20/2011 2:58:53 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | April 20, 2011
    CHICAGO -- If Chicago has been willing to believe that a cow caused the Great Chicago Fire, maybe it will buy this one: The White Sox got the idea to throw the 1919 World Series after the Cubs did the same thing one year earlier.
  • Harry Caray statue at Wrigley defaced

    02/06/2011 7:18:41 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 6, 2011 | William Lee
    Was it supposed to say "Sox Bites?" No one is quite sure when the statue of Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field was defaced. Even more elusive was what the graffiti tagger might have been trying to say. Someone spray painted the words “Sox” on the base, as well as a second, not-quite-intelligible word.
  • Cubs' slugger Phil Cavarretta dies

    12/19/2010 9:03:12 AM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    AP - The Globe and Mail ^ | December 19, 2010 | Jeffrey McMurray
    Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday. He was 94.
  • Point Counter Point: Wrigley Field Expansion

    12/06/2010 11:49:11 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Chicago Elections 2011 ^ | 12/06/2010 | Michael Volpe
    Wrigley Field is nearly one hundred years and almost everyone agrees that this ball park, known for its charm, is in desperate need of upgrades. Ozzie Guillen of the White Sox once said, "You are going to take batting practice and the rats look bigger than a pig out there. You want to take a look?I think the rats out there are lifting weights," of the conditions at Wrigley Field.
  • Hughes Remembers Santo

    12/05/2010 8:36:59 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 2 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12/15/2010 | Pat Hughes
    Broadcast partner recalls unpredictable events, warm greeting when he started in Chicago
  • Ron Santo, RIP: Soul

    12/03/2010 11:53:33 AM PST · by BluesDuke · 27 replies
    The Catbird in the Nosebleed Seats ^ | 3 December 2010 | Yours Truly
    There will be many measures of the man remembered this weekend and beyond, but perhaps one above many, if not most, should tell you a few things about Ron Santo, who died at 70 Thursday in Arizona. At a reunion of the 1969 Cubs, held at catcher Randy Hundley's annual fantasy camp, twenty years after their run at the National League East title collapsed against the Miracle Mets' onrush, the abrasive manager of that team apologised publicly to the nine-time All-Star third baseman who was considered as much the soul of the team as Ernie Banks was its heart. "I...
  • Ron Santo dead at 70

    12/03/2010 5:04:00 AM PST · by John W · 42 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 3, 2010 | Paul Sullivan
    Legendary Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night in Arizona. He was 70. Friends of Santo's family said the North Side icon lapsed into a coma on Wednesday before dying Thursday. Santo died of complications from bladder cancer, WGN-AM 720 reported.
  • From Running Bases to Running Our Lives

    11/13/2010 8:26:34 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | November 13, 2010 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    The Chicago Cubs have proposed a renovation plan. For just $300 million in public funds, the Chicago Cubs, a company in the private sector, would be kind enough to renovate its own property, Wrigley Field, so that it can more successfully attract customers to buy tickets to make itself more successful. Now, I’m not in the construction business, so I can’t estimate the financial aspects of this proposal. Don’t expect me to say that they’re proposing too much or too little for such a job – I have no way of knowing – though I suspect that for $300 million...
  • Poised to win (Chicago Cubs' lesbian owner)

    10/16/2010 8:18:59 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Tribune Newspapers ^ | October 17, 2010 | Rex W. Huppke
    Laura Ricketts walks through the empty stands at Wrigley Field hours before an evening game begins, stepping at a measured pace, calmly and confidently, and greeting every Cubs employee she passes with a friendly, "Hello." If the simple act of moving from one place to another could define a person, this stroll from the field to the owner's box is Laura in a nutshell. She is unassuming in a way that belies her status — co-owner of one of the nation's most storied sports franchises and the historic field they play on; one of four siblings in a family of...
  • The Bartman Effect: Who Will The Dems Blame?

    10/13/2010 6:23:54 AM PDT · by Doc Savage · 16 replies
    October 13, 2010 | Doc Savage
    Tomorrow, seven years ago in Wrigley Field in Chicago,... a fall-guy was born. In the 8th inning of the National League Championship Series, with the Cubs leading 3-0 over the Florida Marlins, and leading the seven game series 3-2, with 1 out, a Marlin foul-ball down the left field line was touched by one of several fans who attempted to catch it after the ball had entered the stands thereby 'theoretically' preventing the Cub outfielder from making the second out. Following this incident the Cubs allowed the following to happen: a walk; a single; an error; a double; an intentional...
  • Cubs' Colvin impaled by broken bat

    09/20/2010 8:36:27 AM PDT · by Immerito · 26 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | September 20, 2010 | AP
    MIAMI (AP) Cubs rookie Tyler Colvin was hospitalized Sunday after his chest was punctured by part of a shattered bat. Colvin was standing on third base in the second inning of Chicago's 13-3 victory at Florida when he was struck by a sliver of Welington Castillo's maple bat. Castillo doubled on the play and Colvin scored, but was replaced in the field in the bottom half.
  • Door closes on Piniella's managerial career. Family comes first.

    08/22/2010 8:05:19 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Cubs ^ | 08/22/2010 | Carrie Muskat
    CHICAGO -- Lou Piniella took the uniform off for the last time on Sunday. When Piniella announced on July 20 that he was retiring at the end of this season, he fully intended to finish the year with the Cubs. But his mother's health prompted him to cut the season short. Sunday's Cubs game was Piniella's last as manager, and it ended on a sour note as the Braves romped, 16-5. "This is the final final," Piniella said as he entered the interview room for the last time at Wrigley Field. It isn't how he expected to finish. The Cubs...
  • Baseball 2010 Thread

    07/05/2010 4:23:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Online Sources and Our Twisted Imaginations | Monday, July 5, 2010 | everybody
     East W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10 New York Yankees 50 31 .617 -- 28-13 22-18 20-11 10-7 9-6 Won 2 6-4 Boston Red Sox 49 33 .598 1.5 29-17 20-16 18-17 10-9 8-2 Lost 1 6-4 Tampa Bay Rays 48 33 .593 2.0 20-19 28-14 19-10 11-6 11-6 Won 2 6-4 Toronto Blue Jays 41 42 .494 10.0 21-19 20-23 13-14 11-9 10-8 Lost 2 2-8 Baltimore Orioles 25 57 .305 25.5 16-25 9-32 9-27 4-6 5-13 Lost 1 5-5  Central W L Pct GB Home Road East Cent West Streak L10 Detroit...
  • New Cubs-Sox Trophy Carries Dubious Distinction ('Crosstown Cup' Sponsored By BP)

    06/03/2010 5:09:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 133+ views
    CBS 2 Chicago ^ | 6/01/10 | Vince Gerasole
    New Cubs-Sox Trophy Carries Dubious Distinction'Crosstown Cup' Sponsored By Oil Company Mired In Gulf Oil Spill Scandal Reporting Vince Gerasole Jun 1, 2010 6:05 pm US/Central CHICAGO (CBS) - The massive BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico could be causing some backlash at Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. CBS 2's Vince Gerasole takes a look at the newly sponsored "BP Crosstown Classic." Whether snapping a North Side picture at the home of the Cubs, or buying Sox tickets on the South Side, just thinking about the Crosstown Classic is a fan-pleasing faceoff. Bob Sorrells, a...
  • Fan who fell over railing at Miller Park dies

    05/14/2010 11:11:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies · 1,013+ views
    AP ^ | May 14, 2010
    A man has died three weeks after he tumbled over a railing while reaching for foul balls at Miller Park in Milwaukee. The accident happened as Stuart S. Springstube, 51, of Weyauwega was watching the Chicago Cubs take batting practice on April 25. Authorities say he fell over the railing to the hard dirt 14 feet below. A medical examiner's report released today says Springstube suffered a brain hemorrhage and died Wednesday.

    04/29/2010 2:02:43 PM PDT · by AnotherDayInParadise · 2 replies · 179+ views ^ | April 29, 2010 | Dave Weinbaum
    Last week, Pulitzer Prize Award winner, celebrated disease-discovering psychiatrist, influential political columnist, commentator and fellow JWR pundit (couldn’t help but squeeze that in,) Charles Krauthammer ironically wrote on the “Joys of Losing.” Krauthammer’s model? His dysfunctional love for the Washington Nationals. The current Capitol pro baseball posers called the Nationals, like Charles, were schooled in Montreal and were known as the Expos. Maybe an early indication of Krauthammer’s lust for losers was his stint working for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale in the early 80’s. While every man is free to love losers, I feel compelled to take issue with...

    10/09/2009 1:09:14 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 13 replies · 873+ views
    Chicago Fun-Times | The Twelfth of Never | Steve Bartman
    CHICAGO - Lefty Barry Obama threw a perfect game and hit five five-run homers to lead the Chica-- No, wait. . . . Sorry, false alarm.
  • The Most At-Risk Sports Teams (Tigers, Bills, WNBA, Jaguars, NASCAR, Cubs - bailout or Hail Mary?)

    07/18/2009 2:43:53 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,218+ views
    Money Central ^ | 7/18/09 | Minyanville
    The Most At-Risk Sports TeamsBy Minyanville In the U.S., love of sport is fanatical. Our major-league obsessions are so intense we often forget that our favorite teams have a purpose higher than winning games: turning a profit. Pro sports franchises are businesses like any other, and sometimes businesses struggle, limp along or die off. What will it take to keep the cowbells ringing in Sacramento? Can hockey survive in the desert? Will small-market football teams have to pack their bags? Minyanville presents sports teams at risk of relocation -- or worse. And with the economy in question, saving them could...
  • Dead Goat Hung at Wrigley Field (hanging from Harry Caray statue)

    04/13/2009 12:51:25 PM PDT · by llevrok · 24 replies · 1,186+ views
    NBC Chicago ^ | Apr 13, 2009 | PEGGY CASSIDY
    If slaying a goat would bring the Cubs a World Series win, would you do it? Holy Cow ... er, Goat! A dead goat was found hanging on a statute of Harry Caray outside Wrigley Field early Monday on the North Side, and it's not the first time. A similar incident occurred in 2007, police said. A 911 call at about 2:40 a.m. Monday led police to the goat hanging from a rope on the arm of a statue of Harry Caray at the intersection of Clark and Addison streets, according to Town Hall District police. Police took the goat...
  • Prince Shows sign of True Sportsmanship

    04/13/2009 12:22:41 PM PDT · by raybbr · 14 replies · 940+ views
    4/13/2009 | raybbr
    First off, I am a die hard Cubs fan. I have followed them for over forty years and have been in the radio booth at Wrigley and saw a game from the press box courtesy of Lou Boudreau.Cubs vs. Brewers April 12, 2009The bases were loaded in the bottom of the fifth last night. The Chicago Cubs were visiting the Milwaukee Brewers. Prince Fielder was up to bat and looking for the first grand slam of his career. There was nobody out. The Cubs were leading 6 - 2. A grand slam would have tied the game. The count was...
  • Opening Day

    04/05/2009 6:19:12 PM PDT · by cubsfanconswoman · 21 replies · 861+ views
    Any thoughts from my fellow baseball loving Freepers out there? Predictions Hopes? And who's a lesser known guy on your team we should keep an eye out for?
  • Winter Classic Hockey Game at Wrigley Field

    12/18/2008 4:28:52 PM PST · by mccainvoterinobamaville · 8 replies · 512+ views
    For anyone who's a hockey fan esp. of the Blackhawks or Red Wings there are some excellent pictures up at of the construction. Looks like they have a lot done already. And is it just me or does Wrigley look spooky? And I found these by accident. I need another Cubs site like I need a hole in my head. But this looks like a good one.
  • Details Of Complaint Against Blagojevich

    12/09/2008 7:10:49 AM PST · by iowamark · 195 replies · 10,039+ views
    CBS2Chicago ^ | 12/09/2008 | U.S. Attorney's Office
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Full release from U.S. Attorney's Office: Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested today by FBI agents on federal corruption charges alleging that they and others are engaging in ongoing criminal activity: conspiring to obtain personal financial benefits for Blagojevich by leveraging his sole authority to appoint a United States Senator; threatening to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich; and to obtain campaign contributions in exchange...
  • Insider trading charges could derail Cuban's bid for Cubs (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    11/18/2008 12:37:58 PM PST · by abb · 31 replies · 376+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | November 17, 2008 | Ameet Sachdev
    Insider-trading charges brought Monday against Mark Cuban, an Internet entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, could weaken his chances of buying the Chicago Cubs. There was already some doubt whether other baseball owners would welcome the loud and brash self-made billionaire into their fraternity if he had the highest bid. Now, they have something to point to to deny him entry, said a sports economist familiar with baseball ownership decisions. "The charges give the commissioner's office another pretext for turning him down," said Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College. Robert DuPuy, president of Major League...
  • College credit: Chicago Cubs Freshman level course examines history, relevance of club

    11/09/2008 6:28:50 PM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies · 372+ views ^ | 11-9-08 | Nick Zaccardi
    CHICAGO -- College students interested in longtime suffering and heartache have found the perfect subject. About 25 bright young minds gather at DePaul University twice a week for an in-depth class every Chicagoan can relate to. For those scoring at home, it's course number ISP 102-709: Chicago Cubs, taught by professor Blair Banwart and assisted by Ed Pniak. "When I tell people that I'm teaching a class about the Cubs, they kind of laugh, which is understandable," said Banwart, who wears a Cubs hat to class. "You try to make it academic, as much as you can. The kids take...
  • LIVE THREAD: Cubs vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 3

    10/04/2008 2:35:02 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 57 replies · 891+ views
    October 4, 2008
    Kuroda vs. Harden. First pitch, 9:07 CDT.
  • LIVE THREAD: Cubs vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 2

    10/02/2008 6:04:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 44 replies · 731+ views
    October 2, 2008
    Billingsley vs. Zambrano. First pitch, 8:37 CDT.
  • LIVE THREAD: Cubs vs. Dodgers, NLDS Game 1

    10/01/2008 1:50:41 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 51 replies · 972+ views
    October 1, 2008
    5:37 CDT first pitch at Wrigley Field in Chicago! Dempster vs. Lowe. Line-ups will be announced soon.
  • Sadly, One Play Defined Merkle's Career, Life

    09/23/2008 12:53:33 PM PDT · by steve-b · 6 replies · 186+ views
    ESPN ^ | 9/23/08 | Ed Sherman
    WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Fred Merkle was born in Watertown, Wis., in 1888, but he spent only one year there before his family moved to Toledo, Ohio. Still, that didn't prevent Watertown resident David Stalker from claiming Merkle as the town's very own. He spearheaded an effort to erect a monument in Merkle's honor. Set in black marble with a baseball perched on top, the monument notes that Merkle was a "potent line-drive hitter and agile first-baseman." It says he was a member of six World Series teams. However, there is no mention on the monument of the play that earned...
  • Many dreaming of all-Chicago Classic

    09/23/2008 11:30:59 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 36 replies · 140+ views ^ | September 22, 2008 | Scott Merkin
    CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has yet to solicit Ozzie Guillen's help or advice in relation to fulfilling his ongoing quest of bringing the 2016 Olympics to Chicago. Not unlike the shoot-from-the-lip manner Guillen has operated under since taking over the White Sox in 2004, the opinionated manager recently offered up his own solution to clinch the bid. It involves the Cubs and White Sox and a special postseason meeting that has not taken place since 1906, which astonishingly also marks the last time both teams qualified for the playoffs during the same season. "Like I said two...