Hey all! As I sit here at home getting set to watch the first Northside World Series in 71 years and the second in Chicago since 2005, I wanted to share snippets from the Chicago Tribune from Oct. 9-15, 1908 — AKA The Last Time the Cubs Won the World Series. These photos are straight from... Read more »
The tributes are pouring out for Muhammad Ali, who died last night at age 74. I recommend perusing the links in this tweet from The Ringer
+ the two links I tweeted in reply to that tweet + pretty much Dave Zirin's entire timeline
, but especially his eulogy
Naturally, one of my favorite stories I've seen in the past 24 hours came from Mike Royko, published March 7, 1971, in the Chicago Daily News. The column, "Barrow, Cream, Marchegiano, Smith, Who?" explored the long history of prizefighters changing their names, and the indifference and acceptance of sportswriters for each of them until one Cassius Clay changed his name to Muhammad Ali.
Royko's column ran the day before Ali's fight against Joe Frazier, his third fight following his three-year suspension from boxing
for draft evasion. Ali was 29-0 and the undisputed heavyweight champion before he was stripped of his titles and suspended. In 1970, with Ali suspended, Joe Frazier won the vacant WBC belt.
When the two men fought, Frazier was 26-0 and Ali was 31-0...
I decided today to crack Studs Terkel’s 2001 book on death, Will The Circle Be Unbroken?, and re-read his interview with Chaz Ebert, Roger Ebert’s wife. It was always one of my favorite interviews in the book, and with Roger dying and today being a particularly beautiful & peaceful (and hence, contemplative) Sunday, I wanted... Read more »
Big shout to Dmitry Samarov of Chicago Hack for uploading a few gems… nuhtin’ much… just Studs Terkel reading Nelson Algren’s work, including Chicago: City On the Make… ya know, nuhtin’ much. I started transcribing City On the Make last year, and started video taping readings last week. But good golly, Studs reading Algren! Love this. Studs reads... Read more »