| Jul 23, 2012
| 12:45 PM
In one of baseball's sweetest traditions, Stan Musial would play "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on his harmonica for the so-called seventh-inning stretch of baseball's Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Johnny Bench has stepped in for the 91-year-old...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 1:04 PM
I grew up three blocks from Piper’s Alley in Old Town, the new home for Chicago Live!, which begins its eight-week winter season Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.
As many of you know, and I was glad to see you in the audience, I previously hosted the...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 8:58 AM
Chicago Cubs third baseman Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame, gaining 15 of 16 votes from the Hall’s Golden Era Committee to gain induction after failing to get enough support on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot or...
| Sep 12, 2011
| 8:21 AM
Hampton jazz singer Charles Darden recently sent me a message explaining that he's putting together a new band called Gutbucket Grandeur.
The group will focus on funk, soul and rock, he said.
"I had the idea to start a little funky band way back about...
| Aug 12, 2011
I was fortunate enough to attend Ron Santo Night at Wrigley Field on August 10th which included the dedication of his statue near the corner of Sheffield and Addison. It was great to see his family as well as his former teammates in Ernie Banks, Randy...
| Aug 11, 2011
His bronze statue — a stunning likeness of him throwing a ball to first base — was unveiled in a pregame ceremony Wednesday outside right field, just feet from that of his long-time teammate Billy Williams....
| Aug 10, 2011
| 8:29 PM
In a pregame ceremony, the Chicago Cubs today unveiled a statue outside Wrigley Field dedicated to player/broadcaster Ron Santo. Speakers at the ceremony included Billy Williams, Pat Hughes and Vicki Santo.
| Apr 10, 2011
| 8:10 PM
Cubs legend Ernie Banks spent an hour with the WGN Sports Night crew on April 7, 2011, to talk about his career, Billy Williams, recognition for his efforts to promote civil rights, and Kap's skills as a shortstop. Check out the pictures and listen to the...
| Mar 25, 2011
Most of the mainstream media has been treating the news that Robert Redford will be at Wrigley Field, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the Cubs March 31 home opener, as a feel-good story. After all, it was Redford......
| Jun 13, 2010
With the hockey season having come to its joyful conclusion, it is time to turn our attentions to those other professional athletes laboring in sunshine on spacious green fields on the city's North and South sides.
These would be baseball players, and if...