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Perfect holiday gift for Cub fans

For the holiday season I thought I’d summarize the reviews my book, Called Out: A novel of base ball and America in 1908, has received. This would be a shameless attempt to convince you to buy a signed copy of the book as a gift. It’s very easy and only costs $15.95 (cheap) plus tax and... Read more »

Bunt to beat the shift?

It’s the off-season, so when there’s no baseball, what do we do? We think about baseball! A reader recently sent me an email about how batters should combat the defensive shifts that have become commonplace in baseball. Briefly, for some hitters that are known, based on the latest metrics and spray charts, to be very... Read more »

Shortest blog ever, about a short story

A ChicagoNow blogger named Kim Z. Dale published a short story of mine set on Halloween in 1962. Hope you like it! A little diversion while we “wait for the Cubs” to score some runs against the Dodgers. Here’s the link to the story.

What we text about when we text about Cubs

(More apologies to Raymond Carver) Son of Admin and I have been texting during, but mostly after recent Cub games. Here’s a sampling from September. September 3.  Admin: Yo. We got standing room. Only $25. Son of Admin (SoA): Not bad. Cubs awesome. Admin: Apparently they almost blew it yesterday. We couldn’t watch, or even... Read more »

Called Out LIVE! Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, September 20

Shameless self-promotion … What: Local authors night, including yours truly discussing, reading a little from, and signing my new novel Called Out: A novel of base ball and America in 1908 (Amika Press, 2017). (Note: “base ball” is not a typo. It’s how baseball was spelled in 1908!) Where: The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln (Lincoln Square), Chicago. When: Wednesday evening, September... Read more »

Ernie Banks' new gravesite monument

Ernie Banks' monument a few feet from Ruth Page's black granite headstone. The columned "Greek Temple" in the background is the humble Potter and Bertha Palmer memorial. The crypt to the right across the pond is the Goodman (of Goodman Theater fame) burial site.
Earlier this week a new monument was dedicated at Ernie Banks’ grave in Graceland Cemetery, Irving Park Road and Clark Street, Chicago. Ernie is buried among many of Chicago’s most well-known citizens, for better and sometimes for worse.  A few feet away lies Ruth Page, well-known ballerina and choreographer whose Nutcracker was performed every holiday... Read more »

Hawk Harrelson and Wrigley Field by the numbers

Following up on his much welcomed announcement that he would never return to Wrigley Field, White Sox TV announcer Ken “Hawk” Harrelson claimed in an interview on 670 AM The Score that, “It’s just time for that ballpark to be replaced.” You can listen to the interview here. Well, it may be a “pain in... Read more »

No more Hawk Harrelson at Wrigley Field?! And CALLED OUT book signings -- 2 August events.

First, I have one word to say about Hawk Harrelson promising never to return to Wrigley Field. YES! (probably the 1,000,000th Cub fan to crack that joke.) And I say this as a Harrelson myself (my father’s mother’s maiden name). Is it White Sox corporate policy to bad mouth Wrigley Field? Ozzie Guillen did it... Read more »

That first homer ... a nice baseball memory.

Not only have the Cubs been painful to watch, the last series before the break was absolutely unwatchable in any way. Ugly, uglier, and ugliest in three games against the Pirates. But then came the All-Star break. Hurray! Home Run Derby! Pure escape! Hurray! Never mind that only one Cub was selected for the NL All-Star... Read more »

Trade Wade Davis?

While driving around town the other day, I decided to listen to baseball talk radio, something I almost never do. Within about three minutes I was reminded just why I almost never listen to sports talk radio. The conversation turned to the possibility of basically dismantling this year’s Cubs team, including trading Wade Davis, in order... Read more »