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 »

Cover Story -- restoring a vintage 1908 photograph

Several years ago I found this image and used it in a Power Point presentation about the year 1908. This is Times Square with the first ever New Years Eve ball illuminated atop the NY Times Building. But look closely. There are no people in the square. What's up?
Since my new novel, Called Out, was published, several have commented that they like the cover and asked how it came to be. (BTW, you can purchase the book at Amazon or Barnes and Noble right now! $15.45 — cheap!) The cover was designed by Jeanne Sullivan (yes, relation) Meissner and Willy Brese, with Sarah Koz... Read more »

What we talk about when we talk about Cubs

(apologies to Raymond Carver) Since Game 7 all we’ve talked about around here is Game 7, with the occasional Game 5 thrown in. Well, we’re almost a month into the new season and so I thought I’d ask the usual comment-providers what’s on their minds concerning the 2017 Cubs, in at least 25 words.   Son of Admin... Read more »

Cubs Opening Night - images from around the ballpark

Final touches. Clock tower, new administration building.
My cell phone told me it would stay above 60 degrees all evening. My cell phone lied. I took the 152 Addison bus east to Wrigley Field. They dropped us off a block away because the area around the ballpark was sealed off by police. It was warm. I thought I’d have to take my... Read more »

Game 7 - the best photograph ever

Every picture tells a story … Last Sunday we were in our car listening to Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer on the radio. The Cubs were piling up the runs, eventually scoring 22. Blowout games like that can cause an announcer’s mind to wander to things other than the play-by-play. Thus once again, as has happened so... Read more »

The Cranes of Wrigleyville

Take the bus to the ballpark and what do you see?
When you approach the ballpark these days, you see a strange sight that you might only expect to see downtown, in Streeterville, or perhaps in the West or South Loop. Cranes loom high above Addison and Clark. It’s odd to see them in a Chicago neighborhood. The blocks around Wrigley Field are changing in a way that... Read more »