Posts tagged "Baseball"

Who's Effa Manley, and why is Penny Marshall directing a movie about her? Hint: Baseball

Who's Effa Manley, and why is Penny Marshall directing a movie about her? Hint: Baseball
Twenty years ago, Penny Marshall directed the baseball classic ‘A League of their Own,‘ about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL). Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Oak Park native Megan Cavanaugh (a high school friend of mine, along with Kathy Griffin,) the movie brought back an era that few people,... Read more »

World Series 2013: Balls and Misdeameanors

World Series 2013: Balls and Misdeameanors
As the World Series 2013 gets underway at Fenway Park tonight, a sea of red will rise above the Green Monster on Yawkey Way. While the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox take the mound, with Adam Wainright and former Chicago Cub Jon Lester, I am thinking about just one thing. Balls. Home run... Read more »

AAGBPL's "A League of Their Own" Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Oak Brook

AAGBPL's "A League of Their Own" Celebrates 70th Anniversary in Oak Brook
“We Are Members of the All-American League, We come from Cities, near and far…We are Canadians, Irishmen and Swedes, We’re One for All, We’re All for One, We’re All-American!” All-American Girls Professional Baseball Anthem,  co-written by Pepper Paire and Nalda Bird Cleveland Indians’ legend Bob Feller was “over there.” So was the Yankees’ “Joltin Joe” DiMaggio. And Boston’s Ted... Read more »
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'Bull Durham' 25th Anniversary Stirs Memories

'Bull Durham' 25th Anniversary Stirs Memories
All I knew was that I wanted a man who was sensitive enough to paint my toenails.  In bed. Wearing tighty whities. I wanted a man who knew what to do when candles were lighted, a bath was drawn, and “60-Minute Man” was playing in the background. I wanted a man who could deliver, with... Read more »

2020 Vision: Get Softball Back In The Olympics!

2020 Vision: Get Softball Back In The Olympics!
  “Softball at the Olympics would be good for girls everywhere and good for society”  Jennie Finch, 2004 and 2008 US Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch, one of the legends of Olympic softball, has called on women everywhere to show their support for softball to be played at the Olympic Games ahead of next week’s decision... Read more »

As Cubs Deadline Looms...."Take Me Out to...Rosemont?"

As Cubs Deadline Looms...."Take Me Out to...Rosemont?"
With just a week to go before Opening Day #99 at Wrigley Field, as well as an April 1 deadline to strike a deal with the city,there’s an open question that threatens to overshadow the Chicago Cubs’ predicted doomed season ahead: When Wrigley Field celebrates its 100th birthday in 2014, will it be in Wrigley Field, at... Read more »
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What Would Santo Do?

What Would Santo Do?
As all joyful events are shadowed today by the horrific killings of 12 innocent children and adults in Aurora, Colorado, I would like to take a moment to imagine what a man like Ron Santo, who is being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, NY this weekend,  would do in a case like... Read more »

Women Rule This Election Season! Title IX's Impact and Future

With both political candidates focusing so heavily on the women’s vote this November, I thought I would re-run one of my earlier columns this year about the many positive effects of Title IX, the ruling that changed my life and the life of many famous individuals. My niece Amelia, age 9, is one busy and... Read more »

Thank God It's Friday: New Days Dawning for Kerry Wood, Chicago Red Stars

Thank God It's Friday: New Days Dawning for Kerry Wood, Chicago Red Stars
Wow…”The Windy City” is living up to its hallowed nickname this weekend…lots of hot air and hotter temperatures will heat up the NATO summit, a vicious Cubs-Sox series at Wrigley Field, and the opening of a new women’s soccer league in town. Look what’s happened just today: From early morning on, Chicago commuters were warned about the street... Read more »
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Minding Your P's, Qs, and V's: Arizona Baseball, Equality, and God's Word

Minding Your P's, Qs, and V's: Arizona Baseball, Equality, and God's Word
My friend Elizabeth Hess, of WDWS’ morning show in Champaign-Urbana, is known for the quick-witted, timely quote. As she reported on Facebook, I just found out the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Her son asked her an interesting question the other day: “Mom,” he said. “Is it better to have a penis or a vagina?”... Read more »
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