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Tribune staff reporterWhen the Cubs began to become respectable in the late 1960s after 20 years of second-division finishes, columnist Mike Royko decried the rise of bandwagon-jumping fans. "Are they really Cubs fans?" Royko wrote in a 1968 Chicago Daily News column. "Were...
Tags: Lou Brock, Derrek Lee, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Mike Royko
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs have too many veterans on their roster to start an old-fashioned youth movement, yet the future of the franchise was on full display Thursday during a doubleheader split with Arizona. After rookie Carlos Marmol imploded in the first inning of...
Tags: Arizona, Luis Gonzalez, Henry Blanco, Wrigley Field, Matt Murton
Sun ReporterMark McGwire came far closer yesterday to dropping off the ballot than entering the Hall of Fame. In an apparent repudiation of baseball's so-called steroid era, just 23.5 percent of Hall of Fame voters endorsed McGwire, the seventh-leading home run...
Tags: Brooks Robinson, Voting, Steroids, Duke Snider, Luis Aparicio
Staff reporterLiving the Dream To purchase a copy of the book: Living the Dream: An Inside Account of the 2008 Cubs Season About the book: Following the Cubs' quest to avert having 'a bad century' Would you put everything on the line for your beloved Cubbies by...
(BBWAA: Elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America; VC: Elected by the Veterans Committee; NL: Elected by the Veterans Committee based on Negro league career): 1936 -- BBWAA: Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Honus...
Tribune staff reporterDespite all the hardship and heartbreak he has endured, Ron Santo considers himself one of the luckiest people alive. Whenever things looked cloudy, Santo knew he could count on his family and friends. So when the legendary Cubs third baseman received...
Tribune staff reporterTwo days before Sunday's emotional ceremony at Wrigley Field, a couple of friends asked Ron Santo what it would mean to have the Cubs retire his uniform No. 10. "It will be my Hall of Fame," he said. Santo reaffirmed that feeling a few moments before...
Tribune staff reporterAs has been said, justice delayed is justice denied, and it is unlikely Ron Santo, the All-Star Cubs third baseman, will get his due this week. Later, but not now. This is his 15th and final year on the Baseball writers' Hall of Fame ballot, and unless...
Tribune staff reporterIt occurred to me that the world, or baseball, anyhow, owes Jerome Holtzman his own action figure. Being the freshly designated "official baseball historian" is all very nice, but action figures say it louder these days. Why an action figure for...
Tags: Journalism, Gaming, Sammy Sosa, John Grisham, Chicago White Sox
Tribune staff reporterDerrek Lee isn't thinking about it, and no one is saying he can keep it up the entire season. But after the first two months of 2005, Lee was the National League leader in batting average, home runs and RBIs, putting him on an early pace to become the...
Tags: Derrek Lee, J.D. Drew, Sammy Sosa, Olmedo Saenz, Chicago Cubs
Tribune staff reporterMark Prior was in no way comparing himself to Curt Schilling or Randy Johnson. But after the Cubs' 21-year-old rookie finished the first complete game of his professional career on Sunday, a 4-1 victory over Colorado, he had this to say about his 13-...
Tribune staff reporterIt was difficult to determine the most unbelievable scene Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field. Was it Cincinnati manager Dave Miley opting to pitch to red-hot Derrek Lee with two on, first base open and a three-run lead in the seventh inning? Was it...
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