April 18, 2014

White Sox Opening Day: Bloody Marys, Banana Splits and Unexpected Blasts

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March 31, 2014 The Chicago White Sox opened the 2014 season by beating the Minnesota Twins, 5-3, at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday in a game played under sunny skies but a cloudy outlook. The Sox got power from two primary sources, one expected and one that was quite a surprise. Chris Sale delivered the […]

Big Frank – Hall of Famer

January 8, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Thomas, probably the greatest player in Chicago White Sox history, is headed to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot, a validation of his talent, work ethic, durability and character. Thomas hit .301 over his 19-year career, the first 16 of which he spent on Chicago’s South Side.  He won two American League […]

Mr. Wrigley’s Ball Club, Chicago & the Cubs During the Jazz Age

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The Cubs used to be good.  Seriously.  You just have to reach really far back. It was a time before the Internet, Twitter, TV and World War II.  It was the Jazz Age, when America was putting the First World War – “The Great War” – behind it, drinking gin despite Prohibition, enjoying new things […]

Should Joe Torre Already Be in the Hall of Fame?

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October 22, 2013 Joe Torre will be eligible for baseball’s Hall of Fame as a manager next year and it is the widespread assumption he will be voted in easily, if not unanimously.  A look at Torre’s resume backs this up: he won six pennants and four World Series and his 2,326 victories are fifth […]

Monday Night in Chicago

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Nearly 100 years ago the South Side of Chicago was home to one of the greatest shames in baseball history when eight members of the 1919 White Sox were accused of taking money from gamblers and handing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Shame and controversy – and a battalion of reporters – returned […]

Wally Pipp 100

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Wally Pipp 100 One hundred years ago, June 29, 1913, Wally Pipp played his first major league game. We all know, or think we know, how his career ended. Not nearly enough is written about what occurred in-between. Born in Chicago, Pipp graduated from high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan and made his big league […]

Lee Elia’s Rant: 30 Bleepin’ Years Later

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WARNING: ADULT CONTENT BELOW (SERIOUSLY) For those who are not familiar with the history of Chicago baseball it will likely come as a surprise to learn that there was a time when Wrigley Field was not so cool, fun, and controversial. Thirty years ago Wrigley was considered by most to be a baseball cemetery.  The […]

Ebbets Field 100

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The move of the NBA’s Nets this season has allowed fans and journalists to speak a magical word that had disappeared from the lexicon of major sports leagues for more than 50 years: “Brooklyn.” Brooklyn is probably New York City’s most beloved and, possibly, provincial borough and the relocation of the New Jersey Nets to […]

Rose & Reggie: 40 Years Later

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Rose & Reggie: 40 Years Later Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose are two of baseball’s all-time iconic figures, having put together nearly unparalleled careers in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Jackson and Rose played on piles of All-Star teams, won multiple World Series, earned millions on and off the field and were often loved and […]

White Sox Opening Day: 39 Degrees and Billion-Dollar Burgers

April 2, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The Chicago White Sox opened the 2013 season on Monday by beating the Kansas City Royals, 1-0, at U. S. Cellular Field in front of an announced crowd of 39,000 people. In other words, there were one thousand people in the ballpark for every degree in the air. The high temperature in Chicago for the […]

Damn (For All Time) Yankees

February 15, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

There are trailers running on the Internet for the upcoming Tom Cruise movie “Oblivion.”  Cruise plays a tough guy named Jack Harper which is quite a departure from Cruise’s previous film in which he played a tough guy named Jack Reacher. “Oblivion” is set in the dystopian future in which very little is left of […]

White Sox Sweep Yankees (Yes, Really)

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August 22, 2012 South Side Sweep Last weekend in Kansas City the Chicago White Sox were error-prone, timid, unlucky, and uncomfortable to watch.  It was sort of like witnessing Henry Kissinger do karaoke for a Jay-Z song.  But not as funny. The Sox were swept away by the Royals on the road, making Bruce Chen […]

First Pitch

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July 3, 2012 In October, 1995 the musical farce Zombies From The Beyond opened to critical praise and joyous audiences off-Broadway in New York City. Zombies is the fantastically silly story of a Rubenesque alien named Zombina who has come from the deep reaches of space to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to steal men to be slave […]

White Sox Rising

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May 31, 2012 When the Chicago White Sox swept the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field two weeks ago it was fun but, really, can’t an old person with a fly swatter beat the Cubs? The Sox, however, were apparently emboldened by that three-game ear-gouge of their crosstown rivals because now the Pale Hose are taking […]

All For Paul

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May 27, 2012 Jimi Hendrix, Albert Einstein, Prince Planet, Julie Christie, Harper Lee and Joan of Arc.  What do they all have in common?  They’re about half as cool as Paul Konerko. Konerko, the venerable Chicago White Sox first baseman, is swinging the bat like a honey badger hocked up on Cherry Coke trapped inside […]

Crosstown Crosshairs

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  May 20, 2012 Sox, Cubs,  NATO   The whole world is watching.  And now it knows how bad the Cubs really are. And how good the White Sox could be. If they keep playing the Cubs. On a hot spring weekend in Chicago when world leaders and angry protesters came to town for the […]

Remembering An Angel

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  May 4, 2012 Fifty years ago a skinny left-hander with a sneaky smile made history.  And started a party. On May 5, 1962 Robert “Bo” Belinsky threw a no-hitter for the Los Angeles Angels in a 2-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles and became Hollywood’s star attraction for a summer and one of baseball’s […]

Humble Phil, Powerful Paul

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April 26, 2012 Philip Humber will always be associated with perfection. He just won’t always pitch that way. One start after throwing a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners, the White Sox right-hander plummeted back to reality Thursday night at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, surrendering nine earned runs in a 10-3 loss to the Boston […]

Chicago White Sox Opening Day: Irish Nachos and the Baroque Batter’s Box

April 14, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

April 13, 2012 Not everyone loves baseball but all people, (except, perhaps, Angelina Jolie) love food and while our national pastime isn’t always played at the highest level at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, there is always copious amounts of unique and satisfying sustenance. Luckily, on Opening Day on Friday, the White Sox were as enticing […]

2012 Chicago White Sox: Ozzie’s Out, Robin’s In, Are We Ready?

March 21, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Chicago White Sox had a prodigious payroll and high hopes in 2011 but crashed and burned quickly as some of their best, or at least highest paid, players had miserable campaigns.  The Sox finished 79-83, which was good for third place in the American League Central, 16 games behind the division champion Detroit Tigers […]

Gaylord Perry: Moon Man

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This year is the 40th anniversary of the last time human beings set foot on the moon.  Why haven’t we been back since?  Maybe we should blame Gaylord Perry. One of baseball’s great urban legends is that Perry, a Hall of Fame pitcher from 1962 to 1983, once said a man would walk on the […]

Here Come the Miami White Sox

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Mark Buehrle has long been the best pitcher in the National League and that distinction will likely grow more evident now that he’s actually going to be pitching in the National League. After 12 seasons, 161 victories, four All-Star games, three gold gloves, one no-hitter, a perfect game, a World Series victory and the coolest […]

Wrong Place, Wrong Time, Good Fries

October 13, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

When the team you root for is left home during October the true frustration of a sub-par season begins to painfully nip at your toes and whisper profanities into your ear.  That’s because watching good teams fight for the crown in the playoffs makes one realize just how bad – and uncontending – your team […]

Robin White Sox Redux

October 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On Thursday afternoon I received a text message from my cousin and fellow die-hard White Sox fan, Owen, and it contained just one word: Robin? Naturally, I replied with the first word that came to my mind: Batman? Just kidding.  The word I actually replied with was Ventura?  As I honestly wondered whether Owen’s single-word […]

Adios, Ozzie

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  September 26, 2011 Adios, Ozzie When the Chicago Bears fired Mike Ditka 19 years ago many Chicagoans were crushed.  How can you get rid of an iconoclastic icon who finally brought us a championship?  Simple: it’s time. Now the situation is the same on Chicago’s South Side where the White Sox have released Ozzie […]

South Side Surrender

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The Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers are in a fight to the finish in the American League Central.  Unfortunately for the White Sox, the finish happened more than a week ago. With Monday’s 14-4 bloodbath of a victory by the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field, the Sox have now lost their last two games […]

Slugger Jim

August 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Anyone who isn’t happy for Jim Thome probably also hates ice cream and loves velour. OK, I like the way velour looks on some people but it’s not in my wardrobe. What I do have in my closet is an abundance of Chicago White Sox items and one of the reasons I’m proud to wear […]

Cubs, White Sox, Paul for the Hall…Or At Least Phoenix

July 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Cubs are the darlings of Chicago but the White Sox are the better baseball team. The Sox took two-of-three from the Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend and four-of-six this season, gracefully allowing the North Siders one victory on the South Side a few weeks ago and then also a triumph on Sunday, […]

Crosstown Crisis?

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Not A Crowded House Normally the annual “Crosstown Classic” series between Chicago’s Cubs and White Sox are an automatic sellout at U.S. Cellular Field as Sox fans love nothing more than to see their team whip up on the Cubs and also impugn the testosterone of all Cubs fans who dare to wander down to […]

A Good Pitcher, Even Better Writer

May 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Pitching in the Promised Land Where would you go to follow your dream?  Wouldn’t it be nice if the journey took you far away and, at the same time, back home? That’s what happened to Aaron Pribble, a lifelong baseball habitué whom, by the summer of 2007, realized that having reached the age of 27 […]

Opening Day – The Great South Side Nacho Helmet Inauguration

April 9, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Life is Good: Nachos in a White Sox Helmet The only thing better than seeing the Chicago White Sox christen their home schedule in person at cozy and getting-better-with-each year U.S. Cellular Field was seeing the 5-1 opening triumph over the Tampa Bay Rays with the accompaniment and nourishment of a nacho helmet. The White […]

Spring Into Winter

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The problem with starting the baseball season in March is that we haven’t had enough time to digest spring training.  Or at least, to write about it. I spent the final weekend of spring play in Arizona and caught games at Camelback Ranch – the home of the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers […]

Baseball Isn’t Cool?

February 16, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

When I saw that “GQ” was publishing an article proclaiming the “25 Coolest Athletes of All Time” I knew two guys would top the list: Joe Namath and Mario Andretti.  Putting Namath on a list of cool athletes is like putting Bill Gates on a roster of rich people.  It’s just instant.  No thought required.  […]

It Fell From Somewhere

January 27, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

January 27, 2011 Somewhere in Chicago’s western suburbs there is a very unhappy Curt Schilling fan.  And they might be looking for me.  While on a recent walk I found a Schilling baseball card but it took me a moment to recognize it because while Schilling’s name certainly erupts from the card the uniform he […]

The Song Doesn’t Always Remain The Same

October 20, 2010 by · 4 Comments 

Baseball history, as far as I’m concerned, was made during Tuesday night’s 10-3 victory for the Texas Rangers over the New York Yankees in Game Four of the American League Championship Series.  In the bottom of the 7th inning actor Patrick Wilson came out to perform “God Bless America,” the singing of which has become […]

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