| Jan 27, 2015
| 8:42 AM
The death of Ernie Banks last Friday touched fans all across the world, including an old friend of his, former Cubs pitcher Ken Holtzman.
The two were Cubs teammates from 1965 through 1971, before Banks retired and Holtzman was traded to the A’s....
| Jan 27, 2015
| 4:01 AM
A visitation for Ernie Banks will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday in Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Cubs announced Monday.
A memorial service will be held at the church at 10 a.m. Saturday. There will be limited public seating available. Fourth...
| Jan 23, 2015
| 10:29 PM
The death Friday of Ernie Banks, remembered for bringing so much joy to his work, left those who grew up watching him play feeling a little bit older, and made sunshine and baseball seem that much farther away.
"Someone said today that hearing Ernie...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:13 PM
If you're feeling a cold wind blow through a hole in Chicago's heart, you know why: Ernie Banks, "Mr. Cub," is dead at age 83.
The eternal optimist is gone.
"The Cubs are due in '62," he'd say. But that didn't happen. That same year, Banks announced...
| Jan 24, 2015
| 4:59 PM
As kids we copied his batting stance — crouching with the right elbow extended up, and fingers wiggling up and down on the bat handle.
We even ran like him — wrists moving in front of his chest. Back in the days when the Cubs usually battled...
| Dec 15, 2014
| 12:21 PM
He was known as the father of the modern-day baseball card. For a nickel, beginning in the 1950s, Sy Berger gave legions of baseball fans a pack of trading cards, a piece of chewing gum and a lifetime of nostalgia.
Berger died early Sunday of natural...
| Dec 8, 2014
| 12:08 PM
SAN DIEGO -- Former Chicago White Sox slugger Dick Allen fell one vote shy Monday on the Golden Era ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Golden Era Committee pitched a shutout, electing none of the 10 candidates, including former Sox outfielder...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 8:39 AM
More than anything else, I hope my columns help families, as most pets are considered members of the family. During 2014, I was proud to elevate several topics to a public platform.
--Journalist Julia Szabo spoke with me about her book, "Medicine Dog:...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 12:35 PM
There is no golden rule when it comes to making baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Just lots of opinions and complaints, regardless of how the voting process turns out. In baseball, though, sentiments over who should be allowed into Cooperstown do not...
| Sep 20, 2014
| 12:28 PM
On Sept. 24, 1969, Chicago hosted a double-header of tragicomedy, the kind of spectacles in which you didn't know whether to laugh or cry. One ended that day: a Cubs pennant run that, only two weeks earlier, looked likely to bring a World Series to...
| Oct 17, 2014
| 9:25 AM
In a quiet announcement from Wrigleyville, it was reported the Wrigley Field Bleachers have died at the age of 77. No cause of death was given, but it is believed The Bleachers died from complications of chronically poor Cubs performance.