(Ricketts) Sign from Baseball Gods or just irony?

Is this irony? I think so.

I stumbled upon a great photo of the Wrigley Field bleachers under original construction back in 1937. The photo is from the book “The Cubs” by Glenn Stout.

It’s a great book for Cubs fans by the way (chronicling the team history from a collection of writers perspectives) and it includes work by Mike Royko and Rick Telander to name a few.

With all the angles that have played out in the recent landmark hearings (regarding the proposed Wrigley reno battle) there is a weird twist in this pic.

If you look at the apparent advertisement on the wait for it…. rooftop across Waveland you can see the name Ricketts. Crazy, I know. Not sure what that ad was for (if anyone knows speak) but the irony and multiple layers of connections are there.

You have the Ricketts name adorning a rooftop advertisement.

What does this mean? Were the baseball gods telling us something? Is this some sort of baseball Nostradamus moment here? Does this mean that Ricketts was ultimately meant to be the owner that would end the curse or just slay the rooftop owners?

Either way, timing wise it is an ironic photo.


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    There was a Ricketts Restaurant on N. Clark - can't read the address on that photo. I remember seeing a replica menu at the Cubs Convention the year Ricketts bought the team. Some guy was trying to get it autographed. He was right ext to me. Maybe he reads/posts to this blog.

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    A quick Google search says 2727 N. Clark.

  • The sign is explained by this blog post. http://www.bleedcubbieblue.com/2009/11/15/1157461/before-ricketts-was-the-name-of-a

  • In reply to Brava10:

    Thanks. Al is certainly the historian of the Cubs bloggers.

  • John, the Ricketts sign on the building on Waveland, was an advertisement for Ricketts German Restaurant, which was in the 1000 block of N. Clark Street. It was a very good restaurant through the 70's. The sign was up there into the 80's as I recall.
    I think the Ricketts family owned that building and that upstairs area that you look at was called Ricketts bleachers. It was really the attic of the old building and looked like a very hot place when I started going to games in the 40's and 50's.
    The restaurant was a great German place though. There are very few German restaurants left in the city, sad to say.

  • In reply to Leo the Lip:

    The 2727 N. Clark address it correct as is my original on the 1000 block. The 1000 block location was the near north location.

  • In reply to Leo the Lip:

    Awesome info Leo. Thanks! (this was Tom's piece, by the way)

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Your right John, my apologies Tom.

  • This was a interesting story & photo......

    Here is a better story.....

    Tom Loxas, did you get permission from Glenn Stout, his publisher or their attorneys to copy this photo for Cubs Den?

    I did not see any permission under the photo......like the worlds of "Courtsey from ....."

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Hey CT, still guaranteeing a Garza trade before his last start?

  • In reply to Ibleedcubbieblue:

    looking better each day for a better return value for Garza.......isn't that what the Cubs are looking for?.......if Garza shows great stuff today, against the Cardinals, then teams like the Giants, Reds, Braves will pay higher value for Garza.....Rangers need someone like Garza....another bad game last night from them.......but it looks like the team that trades for Garza, want a contract extension from him so they don't lose him after the season.

    I say we get at least two prospects in the top ten, with one in the top five .....

    but if Garza gets hurt before he is traded....I guarantee you be one of many who will cry, be angry and lay blame on the Cubs FO for not trading Garza sooner.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    There you go with your baseless predictions and guarantees again. I tend to trust reliable sources when it come to Garza and in the end I want what's best for the Cubs whether it's a trade or an extension.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    But, I am assuming the Chicago Cubs and CSN Chicago gave you permission to use "Cubs Talk" as your handle, right?

  • In reply to Jivewired:

    "CubsTalk"...."Cubs Talk"........by your own admission, you can see it is different. I am one word....they are two words.

    Case dismissed......next.

  • In reply to Jivewired:

    Too funny.

  • In reply to Tom Loxas:

    Oh oh, Tom. Your'e screwed now. After CubsTalk rats you out, you might have to forfeit every dollar you made off of writing this article. Big bucks, I'm sure!

    CT is the most miserable SOB I've never known. What a Jag!

    Please, please people: From here on out, never ever respond to anything he posts. His post to Felz's wonderful Father's Day article should was moronic and hateful. And now this. If he is ignored long enough, maybe, just maybe he'll go away!

    He's been a huge distraction to this otherwise amazingly good Cubs blog and he detracts for the good work of our authors and you others.

    This is the very last time I will ever consider or respond to anything he says or starts on this site.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    He cited the book. It is available via public domain. He did not infringe on any copyright.

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    In reply to Jivewired:

    Not to nitpick with Jivewired, and certainly not to perpetuate CT's ridiculous argument, but a book published in 2007 is not in public domain. That said, Tom didn't quote from the book or steal anything, so the argument by CT is silly. He used a photo, which he gave credit for, and graciously linked to Amazon where someone could buy the book. That's fair use under copyright law. He could even have quoted a small section of the book contents under copyright fair use law. There's no violation there. But the statement later that the book is in the public domain isn't correct. Copyright law for a book doesn't expire for 70 years after the author's death. Mr. Stout is alive and from his photo, around 50 years old, so that book will be copyright protected for at least another 70 years. Sorry, Jivetalk, as I said, not trying to nitpick, just bored and wanted to reply to that particular statement.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Do you represent them? I did give credit in post and a recommendation for the book. If they want me to take it down I will be happy to.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Frankly, if Im the owner of said sign, Id be thrilled for the free advertising. Get off your high horse.

  • Nice article, Tom. Thanks for the photos and story.
    BTW, the only person complaining about this piece is the last one who should be preaching Courtesy....

  • In reply to Cubfucius:

    "Fucius" says......"Those who complain of others...are the Biggest Complainers themselves"

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    "Pot, meet Kettle"

  • In reply to Cubfucius:

    Cubfucius....lets say you wrote a book & had photos in it....took a long time for research to do this project on your part.....you had it published, and trying to sell it at national book store chain......your book sells for $30 a copy.......then some guy comes along, prints information & copy a photo from your book on a internet website he makes money off of...........and he didn't get your permission or the publisher to publish the photo.......that is called Copyright Violations......

    .I get ticked off of people who violated acts like copying other people's works in life. Sure Tom told who wrote it and what book it came from, but does the author & publisher know this?......in proper legal acknowledgement, there should have been a footnote below this photo. Just saying what Copyright Laws are all about. ......

    now go and boil some water in your kettle to make some tea to calm your nerves.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    Stop trolling. You are in the wrong here and you're adding nothing to the discussion except taking attention away from Tom's article.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    I'm trying to figure out at which time he has ever added anything of value to the discussion.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    If anyone deserved getting banned...

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Tom thanks for the great article. Regardless of "alleged" rights and wrongs, Glen Stout has profited from your article as I have just ordered it from Amazon. Please keep up the great work. Thanks.

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    In reply to CubsTalk:

    Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation.

    Article I, Section 8, clause 8, of the United States Constitution states the purpose of copyright laws is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”

    It’s a delicate balance between the rights of the creator and the public’s interest. When in conflict, the balance tips more heavily toward the public’s interest, which is often contrary to what the creator believes to be fair or just.

  • In reply to CubsTalk:

    ASS Clown 2 WORDS
    ASSClown 1 WORD

    but in this case very much the same in a perfect description of CubsTalk .

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    In reply to Bryan Craven:

    Applause, great post.

  • In reply to Bryan Craven:

    unlike You I use my real name here, unlike You I havnt had multiple people calling me and idiot , troll , ass clown the list goes on. Unlike You my main job in this life after baseball was serving this county in sad shitty places like Panama, Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia ect. My clown job had me at 73rd easting you pencil necked , medicated little worm,If I ever get the chance to see you in a bar or at Wrigley and You actually come out from behind your CubsTalk mask I will show you the skills I learned in my clown job 1sthand. I raised 2 kids so bringing ped type slurs my way buddy is just too much, You have insulted Felzz in his writtings , caused shit in every thread and lastly I am darn sure You are a flat out keyboard COWARD . SHITHOUSE LAWYER.

  • gee i thought it was CubStalk(er)

  • Great article Tom. And thanks for mentioning the book that inspired the article. I'll bet they sell some copies of the book based on your writing. Thanks Bravo10 for the link. That was a very cool history lesson.

  • In reply to Break The Curse:

    Thanks and I hope so. I enjoyed the book myself.

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    In reply to Break The Curse:

    It looks like that author has written quite a few highly praised baseball books about various teams.

    Here's a link to some reviews on his Cubs book Tom linked to, it sounds great. I might track this down. (It could also be a nice Father's Day/Birthday/Holiday gift for any Cubs fan)


  • Also sorry if Al had already unearthed this but I shared this with a few of my media friends in town first and they thought it was funny/ironic. It jumped out at me more because of the rooftop/Ricketts battle.

  • To carry the parallel one step further, Pat Peiper, the long time Cubs field announcer, was a waiter at Ricketts. That was his night job, as field announcers apparently weren't paid well in those days.

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    That is crazy.

  • In reply to clarkaddison:

    Clarkaddison, Thanks for that anecdote about Pat Peiper, who was the field announcer for decades. I think he was there when my mom (and about 30,000 other people) saw Gabby Hartnett's Homer in the Gloamin' win the '38 Pennant.
    I still recall Pat's opener: "Ladies and Gentlemen---Please have---your pencils and scorecards ready---and I will give you---the correct lineups---for today's game." I loved "correct" !
    I heard that he was a waiter at the Ivanhoe Restaurant and walked to and from Wrigley for every game.
    Our team has great and colorful history that is a prelude to a wonderful future.

  • Hope you enjoyed the video clip, I did pretty cool.

  • The Cubs just claimed Cole Gillespie from the Giants.

  • I see the team just picked up Cole Gillespie off waivers from SF.

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    Interesting post on BCB, apparently no one knows or is willing to say where Brett Jackson is.

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    In reply to SKMD:

    Total speculation on my part but I assume he's none too happy about the Gillespie pick up and being passed over once again. He has no one to blame but himself.

  • In reply to Dale Miller:

    True He needs to hit to get his chance . I hope He does He could be a really solid player if he can get his contact rate up .

  • In reply to SKMD:

    could the Cubs be trading him? Seems funny unless he is just in transit to AA

  • Clark, you are absolutely right about Pat Pieper being a waiter at Ricketts. What an era that was. I think Pat Pieper was still the field announcer for the Cubs into the 70's. It was an era of field announcers, who shared the glory with the Radio and TV guys.
    Pieper had a great Irish brog and I can still here his famous words before every game. "Get your scorecards and pencils ready and I will you the correct lineups for today's ball game."
    Now we are on another Cub history tangent, but my dad and grandfather told me that Pieper was the field announcer going back into the 20's and 30's, and in those days there was not an electronic system and he had to go down the left and right field lines with a large megaphone system before the games giving the lineups.
    I'm sure all of our forefathers would roll over if someone told them we now are going to have a jumbletron in Wrigley Field, and I'm in favor of it.

  • In reply to Leo the Lip:

    Pat Pieper was best known for being a waiter the Ivanhoe, a pretty famous Chicago restaurant back in the day. You're absolutely right about there being no electronic P.A., he had to run up and down the lines yelling out information. He would pick out different kids from the neighborhood to help him lug it. What a time!

  • In reply to Jimmy Greenfield:

    Leo and Jimmy, I posted my recollections of Pat above here, before I saw yours. Sorry for the duplication.
    But wasn't Pat a character? He was as much a part of Wrigley as the ivy and the manual scoreboard.

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    No Schierholtz in the line-up tonight.

  • I sense a trade is or has happened,

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    In reply to Bryan Craven:

    That wouldn't surprise me.

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    In reply to Bryan Craven:

    Carrie Muskat reports Sveum said Schierholtz is just banged up and might also sit Sunday.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    thanks Just Win , lots of OF movement ect ect , still get the feeling an OF move is coming with deadline approaching and the Gillespie claim.

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Maaaatt Daaaammon

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    This was a fun story, Tom, thanks, and to Brava10 who posted the link to Al's story about the sign with more pics, that was also fun to read.

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    Anyone with an iPad or Android tablet, I would highly recommend the free Yahoo Sports app. I'm not sure if there is a phone version, it might be a little cramped for space. They bought some other company and recently released a totally revamped version of that company's app. Not only does it cover baseball extremely well, with box scores, live pitch by pitch updates, news, stories, stats, schedules, etc., but it also covers basically every other sport on the planet too. And it's very fast to flip from NFL to NBA to MLB to cricket, to tennis, auto racing, etc. Really a cool, free app.

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    Carrie Muskat ‏@CarrieMuskat 3m

    Brett Jackson rehabbing from calf injury in AZ. Expected to see game action soon. #Cubs

  • I wonder why they skipped over so many recent construction projects. In the late 60's they rebuilt the upper deck. In the late 80's the built the luxury boxes underneath the upper deck. More recently adding the dugout boxes and moving the wall behind home plate. Rebuilding the bleachers section... and rebuilding the whole playing surface, dropping it 18 inches and adding a new drainage system and leveling the field.

  • Just so you all know, I've been out for a few hours to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my aunt and uncle and the 45th of my parents.

    I've deleted comments which I felt were made for the sole purpose of trolling -- which means any responses to them get deleted as well.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Congrats to your aunt and uncle, it says a lot about their relationship, I'm 47 years to go to get there!! lol

  • In reply to Caps:

    Forgot to add, congrats to your parents too, of course, what I said about your aunt and uncle also applies to them.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Thanks Caps!

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Thank you, John. You do a good job of keeping discussions on topic and respectful. It is one of the reasons why I read your blog and the informed comments. If maintaining the integrity of your site means banning certain people who repeatedly break the rules of decency and trolling, I applaud you.

  • In reply to Quedub:

    Thanks Quedub. I've taken care of the situation.

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    50 years. that's awesome. I have a huge family, my Dad is the youngest of 14, but only his parents and one of his brothers hit 50 years. Your parents are knocking at the door too, better start thinking what celebration you're going to throw for them. :)

  • In reply to Just Win:

    Thanks JW.

    My mom is much more extroverted than my aunt, she's going to want a big bash!

  • Baez is locked in. Another HR.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Friend of mine was complaining yesterday before the game saying that Baez was rushed, now he's telling me he's glad it seems he was wrong lol.

    So far it seems like the call up was the right move, his BA might seem low, but it doesn't look like he's being fooled at all, if anything, from the games I've seen, he is not getting cheated, he is constantly getting some good rips... Hopefully he shows consistency.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Wow! Doesn't take him long to figure things out.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Since ending his slump on Thursday, he's 6/14 with 2 HRs. He now has 20 on the season. It's July 13th, by the way...

  • In reply to Quedub:

    He just walked.

    Oh I can almost see him learning.

  • Not to be outdone at A level, Vogelbach takes a shoulder-high fastball and turns it into a line-drive HR.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    That was a ROPE, a low line drive, it just never came down... This kid is strong!

  • Christian Villanueva also hit a hr and with Pineyro's debut, the farm is sure going to keep John very busy tonight writing those recaps with all the fun going on lol.

  • In reply to Caps:

    My head is spinning already!

  • I thought I'd posted abt Vogelbach's HR, but it case it got lost in the ether, he drilled a shoulder-high fastball. A real line drive shot. Candelario followed with a double that just missed being a HR to right field also.

  • oops.

  • The two guys I have pegged for big 2nd halves in Kane County are doing it today. Vogelbach with a HR and a BB. Candy with a 2B and a BB. Keep it up, boys.

  • Wow, thanks to the old-time contributors bringing up names of the past. I go clear back to the days of Walt Moryn, Bob Rush, Lee Walls, Elvin Tappe,Banks and Dale Long, to name a few. I started listening to Jack Quinlan and Lou Boudreau, finally could barely get GN TV a little, getting snowy pictures from an antenna of Cubs games with Brickhouse and Vince Lloyd. I lived on a farm near Streator and got to go see the Cubs for the first time at something like 10 or 11 years old. Wrigley, Pat Pieper, the smell of the cigars, the "Coooold beer here!, Peanuts, popcorn!", hearing that first crack of the bat, the pop of the catcher's glove. I was absolutely thrilled and irrevocably hooked on the Cubs. Through it all, it's been far more disappointment for me (and you) than reward, but I've never, ever lost any of that love for this team.

    So when I see people naysaying about the owner, the FO, this player or that, yeah there's reason for doubts considering the past, but what does that do for anyone? Does it validate the person when things go wrong so he/she can say, "Well, I told you so"? Life simply isn't made up of ideals and the good rarely comes easily. I look forward with great anticipation about what is in our midst. If I live long enough just to see them win the pennant, I'll probably cry like a baby. Love works like that.

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    Cubs1969--That's a nice look back. Thanks for the reminders.
    I remember Moose Moryn making the catch of his life to save Don Cardwell's no-hitter in '58.
    Bleacher seats were a dollar !!
    Also, first Bob Rush, and then Hal Jeffcoat lived on the next block, and we used to play ball in the alley behind Keeler Avenue with Jeffcoat's kids.
    Great past; greater future for the Cubs.

  • In reply to StillMissKennyHubbs:

    I don't know where Keeler Ave is, but you must have lived near the ballpark? You must have a million stories to tell. Would love to sit and talk with you.

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