Saturday, February 27, 2010

Chicago Radio Spotlight: Dave McBride

I just posted my latest Chicago Radio Spotlight interview. This week I talked to former Murphy in the Morning and Steve Dahl show newsman Dave McBride.

You can read it here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Grover Cleveland Alexander

He was one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history.

He was also one of the most troubled.

Read all about Grover Cleveland Alexander here. He was born on this day in 1887.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Laura Ricketts, one of the new owners of the Chicago Cubs, has been making news because she is the first openly gay owner of a major league sports franchise.

But, as the Windy City Times noted yesterday, she was preceded by an openly gay owner of the Iowa Cubs (our Triple-A affiliate).

Read all about him  here.

Breakfast Club

25 years ago today...

The Breakfast Club

Ron Santo

Would you believe that Ron Santo is 70 years old today?

Happy birthday Ron.

In honor of Ron's birthday, we're going to replay one of our favorite moments in Cubs broadcasting: The day that Harry and Ron discussed Ron's toupee.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


That's the only thing to say to this poor guy. Ouch.


He didn't have the manliest of nicknames, but Pinky Pittenger was once a member of the Chicago Cubs. He was smart as a whip, but sadly, not that great in the field.

Pinky was born on this day in 1899.

Read all about Pinky here.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Zeppo Marx

We all remember Groucho and Chico and Harpo, but what about Zeppo? He was the youngest Marx brother, and he appeared in several of their films. His last one was "Duck Soup."

Zeppo was born this week in 1901, and yes, you guessed it, Zeppo was a Cubs fan--just like his brothers.

William Peterson

The former CSI-star turned 57 over the weekend. Of course we all know what team he roots for, don't we?

Read all about his Cubs love here.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Miracle on Ice

NBC had a wonderful tribute to the 1980 Miracle on Ice game yesterday afternoon. Al Michaels hosted it along with Mike Eruzione, Mark Johnson and Jim Craig. I was tearing up a little bit remembering the emotions of that moment.

It's hard to believe it was 30 years ago today. Here are the closing seconds one more time...

I was living in Europe at the time. My dad woke me up at three in the morning to watch that game. He had a feeling that something special was going to happen.

By the way, they didn't show the USA-Canada game on Olympics prime time last night. They only showed the last 30 seconds of the game. Wouldn't want to miss a second of Ice Dancing.


 One hundred years ago this week, the Cubs are preparing for yet another NL Pennant winning season. Meanwhile, in Egypt, the nation is shocked by the assassination of their Prime Minister: Boutros (that's just one Boutros) Ghali.

(Photo: Johnny Kling of the Cubs)

Seventy five years ago this week, the Cubs are preparing for yet another NL Pennant winning season. They're nowhere near the headlines in the newspapers though, because this is the week that Bruno Hauptmann is convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnap/murder of the Lindbergh baby.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Father Knows Nothing

I just posted my latest "Father Knows Nothing" column at NWI Parent. This one is called "Brother's Little Helper" and it's about the "help" Tommy's brothers are giving him now that he has a broken leg.

You can read it here.