Thursday, July 02, 2020
Three future NFL Hall of Famers played at Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) in a big league baseball game.
Jim Thorpe & Greasy Neal both played in the outfield for the Reds.
Thorpe’s biggest baseball claim to fame was knocking in the winning run in the double no-hitter between Hippo Vaughn & Fred Toney, but he was one of the greatest players in the NFL during the 1920s, and was named to the all-decade team.
Neal was a member of the 1919 World Champion Reds (that beat the cheating White Sox), but he went on to become an NFL head coach, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to two championships (1948 & 1949).
On this day in 1917, Thorpe & Neal came out victorious as the Reds beat the Cubs 8-5.
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Wednesday, July 01, 2020
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Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
The official music video for Sonic45's debut single "Pills" can be found here. Video produced/edited by Tom Ordover. https://t.co/pD2TtXHZWQ— Sonic45 (@Sonic45Music) June 29, 2020
Listen to it here.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
A significant decision was made by the National League while the nation’s Democrats were slugging it out at the Chicago Stadium. The league passed a rule requiring all teams to wear uniforms with numbers.
During the convention, these new Cubs uniforms (left) made their debut.
The 1932 Cubs were a powerhouse on their way to the pennant, and now they could be identified more easily by the fans.
These are the original numbers passed out that day…
1–Woody English (3B)
2–Billy Herman (2B)
3–Kiki Cuyler (OF)
4–Riggs Stephenson (OF)
5–Johnny Moore (OF)
6–Charlie Grimm (1B/manager)
7–Gabby Hartnett (C)
8–Rollie Hemsley (C)
9–Mark Koenig (SS)
11–Billy Jurges (SS)
12–Charlie Root (SP)
14–Guy Bush (SP)
15–Pat Malone (SP)
16–Burleigh Grimes (SP)
17–Lon Warneke (SP)
18–Bob Smith (RP)
19–Harry Taylor (1B)
21–Bud Tinning (RP)
22–Marv Gudat (RP)
23–Leroy Herman (RP)
27–Bobo Newsom (RP)
31–Stan Hack (3B)
34–Zach Taylor (C)
41–Red Corriden (coach)
42–Charley O’Leary (coach)
49–Vince Barton (OF)
51–Frank Demaree (OF)
56–Lance Richbourg (OF)
The numbers on the backs of uniforms remain to this day, although it should be noted that many of the players on this list eventually took different numbers in later seasons. With their new uniforms, the Cubs played a three game series against the Reds at Wrigley Field, winning the first two and losing the third. Guy Bush (#14) and Lon Warneke (#17) won, and Charlie Root (#12) took the loss. They were in first place as the Democrats left town, and they would go on to win the National League pennant, before losing to Babe Ruth’s Yankees in four straight.
Friday, June 26, 2020
#Cubs through history: June 26, 1963. President Kennedy gives a speech at the Berlin Wall, and says “Ich Bin Ein Berliner!” The Cubs take the lead in the top of the 14th inning against the Mets on a 2-run homer by Billy Williams, only to lose it in the bottom of the 14th in NY.
It's in chronological order. You've probably forgotten 50 of them. And they are all disqualifying.
Now do Biden. Come up with a hundred of the worst things ever said about him, and compare.
This is not a difficult choice, even if you hate both of them. it's the easiest choice in the history of this country.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace reminisced the other day about his first TV job — as a reporter at CBS 2 in 1973. “I’m still trying to live that down,” the Chicago native joked in an interview with Bob Sirott on WGN 720-AM. (Here is the link.) “I’d worked for the Boston Globe for four years, and I came to Chicago and it was when the Channel 2 newsroom started and the anchors were Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson, Brent Musburger was the sports reporter, I was a fledgling but I was the political reporter. And I have to tell you: I knew then that was a really special group. I’m sure a lot of people would remember some of these names — John Callaway, John ‘Bulldog’ Drummond, a bunch of others. It was a really good newsroom, and we were very proud of ourselves.”
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
DH in NL, extra-innings start with runner on 2nd, mega-division with 10 midwest teams including White Sox, 60 game schedule. All of that is a little weird. But I'm still happy Cubs will be back soon.
All the details are here.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Comedian DL Hughley passed out on stage in Nashville, and has tested positive for the virus. He is currently quarantined.
This virus is not going away, folks.
This week's episode of Minutia Men includes an interview with "God Friended Me" writer/producer Steve Harper (@yourcreatvlife ). He offers his thoughtful insights into the #BLMprotests. Smart guy. Classes up the podcast.
Listen to it here.
Friday, June 19, 2020
Here he is in the Academy Award winning "Chariots of Fire"...
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Cubs through history: June 18, 1967. The Monterey Pop Festival ends, kicking off the infamous Summer of Love. The Cubs are on the other coast, splitting a double header with the New York Mets. Future Phillies GM Lee Thomas knocks in the winning run against Tom Seaver in Game 2.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
I didn't realize that Aunt Jemima had Chicago roots. Neil Steinberg tells that story in his blog Every Goddamn Day.
Trump’s rally in Tulsa on the weekend of Juneteenth proves what we already knew: he’s the largest superspreader of division and hatred we’ve seen in generations. pic.twitter.com/LuNKjfK0pB— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 17, 2020
More details on how they intend to do this are here.
Jimmy Kimmel will host.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Cubs through history: June 16, 1884. The first roller coaster in America opens on Coney Island. The Cubs (known then as the White Stockings) are in Buffalo losing to the Bisons 20-9. Ned Williamson sets the single-season homer record that year with 27. Babe Ruth breaks it 1919...his last year with the Red Sox. Ned was long dead by then. He passes away in 1894 at the age of 36.
Monday, June 15, 2020
That being said, I still think it's time to invite Sammy back to Chicago. You can't deny the impact he had in his years here. Sounds like he really, really wants to return...
Billy Williams got his nickname (“Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler”) because of his nearly perfect swing and his hometown: Whistler, Alabama. He played for the Cubs from 1959-1974 and is simply one of the greatest players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. Sweet Swingin’ Billy was a six-time All-Star (and hit a homer in the ’64 game), a batting champion, was named the MLB player of the year, finished second in the MVP balloting in two different years, hit more than 400 career home runs, and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1987. Ernie Banks may have been Mr. Cub, but during the years he shared the field with Billy Williams, he may have only been the second best player on the team. Billy Williams manned left field for the Cubs for twelve years (other than a few years in the mid-60s when they switched him over to right). Near the end of the 1973 season, however, manager Whitey Lockman had the brilliant idea of moving the life-long outfielder to first base. After setting a NL record for most consecutive games played (1117), and establishing a reputation as an iron man outfielder, it only took a few games at first base for Billy to get spiked. He missed twice as many games in 1974 as he missed the previous twelve seasons combined. He finished his career with the Oakland A’s, where Billy finally got a chance to play in the postseason. (Photo: Toppps 1970 Baseball Card)
The New York Times magazine had a long chat with him over the weekend. You can read it here.
Warning: It's not funny. It's quite serious.
Friday, June 12, 2020
Cubs through history: on the day future president George Herbert Walker Bush is born in Milton Massachusetts (June 12, 1924), Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett knocks in a couple of runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-5 victory over the Boston Braves at Braves Field.
Trump’s record as a businessman is hardly a recommendation for the highest office in the land. For all his success, Trump inherited a real-estate fortune from his father. Few of us will ever have the experience, as Trump did, of having Daddy-O bail out our struggling enterprise with an illegal loan in the form of casino chips. Trump’s primary work long ago became less about building anything than about branding himself and tending to his celebrity through a variety of entertainment ventures, from WWE to his reality-TV show, The Apprentice. His business record reflects the often dubious norms of the milieu: using eminent domain to condemn the property of others; buying the good graces of politicians — including many Democrats — with donations.
Trump has gotten far in the GOP race on a brash manner, buffed over decades in New York tabloid culture. His refusal to back down from any gaffe, no matter how grotesque, suggests a healthy impertinence in the face of postmodern PC (although the insults he hurls at anyone who crosses him also speak to a pettiness and lack of basic civility). His promise to make America great again recalls the populism of Andrew Jackson. But Jackson was an actual warrior; and President Jackson made many mistakes. Without Jackson’s scars, what is Trump’s rhetoric but show and strut?
If Trump were to become the president, the Republican nominee, or even a failed candidate with strong conservative support, what would that say about conservatives? The movement that ground down the Soviet Union and took the shine, at least temporarily, off socialism would have fallen in behind a huckster...
Some conservatives have made it their business to make excuses for Trump and duly get pats on the head from him. Count us out. Donald Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
It has led me down a rabbit hole this morning, because I heard a little clip of this song last night and I wanted to hear the whole thing. It's amazing. Now I'll be watching Gil Scott Heron videos all day. The man could write lyrics. Amazing.
Listen to it here.
The #Cubs tonight selected shortstop Ed Howard out of Mount Carmel High School in Chicago with the 16th overall pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. pic.twitter.com/PQCDQpTLv6— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 11, 2020
The last time they took a home-town kid with their first pick was Grant Johnson in 2004. He was a pitcher from Lyons Township High School in Lagrange and the University of Notre Dame. He went 14-22 in four minor league seasons and never made it past Double A. Career minor league ERA was 4.53.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
The streets are numbered going south, and named going north, and an alphabetical system is used. That’s why all of the streets with the same letters are lumped together. Every four blocks (or half mile) is a major secondary street (like Addison is 3600, Irving Park Rd. is 4000, etc.) Thanks to this system, Chicago is still one of the most easily navigable major cities in the world.
Here's another one...
1. WBBM 780-AM/WCFS 105.9-FM all news, 7.0 (8.4)
2. WDRV 97.1-FM classic rock, 6.4 (6.4)
3. (tie) WGN 720-AM news talk, 5.2 (5.6); WLIT 93.9-FM adult contemporary, 5.2 (3.7); WVAZ 102.7-FM urban adult contemporary, 5.2 (5.0)
6. WTMX 101.9-FM hot adult contemporary, 4.9 (4.4)
7. WBEZ 91.5-FM public radio news talk, 4,7 (5.4)
8. WLS 94.7-FM classic hits, 4.6 (4.0)
9. WXRT 93.1-FM adult album alternative, 3.9 (3.9)
10. WOJO 105.1-FM Mexican regional, 3.2 (2.8)
11. WLEY 107.9-FM Mexican regional, 2.8 (3.1)
12. WKSC 103.5-FM Top 40, 2.7 (3.0)
13. WGCI 107.5-FM urban contemporary, 2.6 (2.8)
14. (tie) WKQX 101.1-FM alternative rock, 2.5 (2.0); WRME 87.7-FM soft rock oldies, 2.5 (2.4)
16. WUSN 99.5-FM country, 2.4 (2.1)
17. WSHE 100.3-FM adult contemporary, 2.3 (2.6)
18. WBMX 104.3-FM classic hip hop, 2.2 (2.0)
19. (tie) WBBM 96.3-FM Top 40, 2.1 (2.1); WSCR 670-AM sports talk, 2.1 (2.2); WLS 890-AM news talk, 2.1 (2.4)
22. WPPN 106.7-FM Spanish adult contemporary, 1.8 (1.8)
23. WPWX 92.3-FM urban contemporary, 1.6 (1.5)
24. WEBG 95.5-FM country, 1.5 (1.2)
26. (tie) WFMT 98.7-FM classical 1.2 (1.5); WMVP 1000-AM sports talk, 1.2 (1.2)
28. WVIV 93.5-FM Spanish contemporary, 1.0 (1.5)
29. WSRB 106.3-FM urban adult contemporary, 0.6 (0.5)
30. WDCB 90.9-FM jazz, blues 0.5 (0.5)
Monday, June 08, 2020
Bonnie Pointer of the legendary Pointer Sisters has died at age 69, her sister told TMZ.— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) June 8, 2020
They produced several top 10 singles including “He’s So Shy,” “Slow Hand,” “Automatic,” “Jump for My Love,” “I’m So Excited” and more. @TheresaBraine writeshttps://t.co/9AJJ9T5khM
This song will continue to be played at every wedding in America...(Over 12 million views on YouTube)
#Trump you projected your narrative that #TakingAKnee is disrespectful & #UnAmerican it was never about that! You are divisive & a coward. It takes true courage 2 stand 4 what is right & risk your life in the midst of a #pandemic #Proud2kneel #BlackLivesMatter @MSNBC @BostonGlobe https://t.co/nhNITHSrxo pic.twitter.com/h0PuUYVFwu— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) June 7, 2020
#ICYMI: Welcome back @rickkogan & thanks so much for having me on the program to talk about the book!! If you didn’t get a chance to hear it, go to 45:40 of the linked podcast and give a listen!! https://t.co/E67ZMdrRpR— Roger Badesch (@TeacherRB) June 8, 2020
Saturday, June 06, 2020
I’ve worked for GOP candidates since I was 17, but this year it must be Country First. Proud to be joining @RVAT2020 — Republican Voters Against Trump as a strategic advisor.— Mike Murphy (@murphymike) June 5, 2020
Here’s a TV spot we just whipped up. Releasing today. See you in MI, AZ, FL, PA, NC and more. pic.twitter.com/LPOnAm5Hsg
Friday, June 05, 2020
Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community.
Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.
It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same.
Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.
Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Very sad to hear that Steve Priest of (The) Sweet has passed away. Genuinely one of my all-time pop heroes. Embodied the essence of Glam: effeminate, but menacing. The original Stormtrooper In Drag.— Simon Price (@simon_price01) June 4, 2020
And had possibly the best title of any autobiography ever: Are You Ready, Steve? pic.twitter.com/CfTxatSm5c
In case you don't understand the "Are you ready Steve?" portion of that tweet...
📺 @realDonaldTrump is no longer hiding that he’s a brazen authoritarian, so desiring of control and power that he’s willing to turn our once peaceful cities into war zones.#AmericaOrTrump pic.twitter.com/8Kn5Zi14Qx— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) June 3, 2020
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
These are the two Wes Unseld cards in my collection...