Friday, August 13, 2010

Hang on Sloopy

One of the few Oldies I didn't end up hating after working at an Oldies station for ten years. This one was released on this day in 1965. The lead singer and guitarist for the McCoys later had some solo success as Rick Derringer in the 1970s...

Friday the 13th tackles the superstition surrounding this day.

Happy Friday the 13th, by the way.

#26 Retired

On this date in 1987, the Cubs retired the number of one of the all-time greats: Good Ol' Number 26, Billy Williams. It was only the second number they ever retired (Ernie was first).

Billy's #26 now shares a flagpole with #23 (Sandberg), and #31 (Maddux & Jenkins).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Warren Spahn

He was one of the greatest left-handed pitchers in baseball history.

On this day in 1961 he won his 300th game, a complete game 2-1 victory in County Stadium in Milwaukee.

Care to guess which team he beat? Yup. Who else?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Lou Boudreau

On this day in 2001, we lost another great Cubs announcer. Lou Boudreau passed away at the age of 84.

Of course, Lou was much more than an announcer. He was a Hall of Fame player, and a World Series winning manager (with the Cleveland Indians--which by the way haven't won the World Series since)

He also managed the Cubs under truly strange circumstances.

Magic Bus

Released on this day in 1968...

Hall of Famer: Ernie Banks

A few weeks ago we enjoyed the induction of Andre Dawson into the Hall of Fame.

Well, thirty three years ago this week another former Cub took his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.

Here's what Ernie Banks had to say on that day.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Father Knows Nothing

My latest Father Knows Nothing column is up at NWI Parent. This one is called "Male Homemakers" and it's about my aversion to the term.

You can read it here.