| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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.
| Sep 23, 2014
| 7:11 PM
A Chicago Flashback photo caption Sunday misidentified the Cubs player watching the black cat during a Sept. 9, 1969, Cubs-Mets game. He was third baseman Ron Santo.
In the weather page for Sept. 14, a diagram tracking the position of the sun over...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 5:59 PM
Nothing lasts forever, but the idea of the Cubs leaving WGN-AM 720 seemed as unlikely Ernie Banks suddenly proclaiming that the Cardinals are his favorite team.
WGN and Cubs baseball have been such a fixture in fans' daily lives that only first names...
| Jul 16, 2014
| 8:31 AM
All day Tuesday, Times readers were asked to vote in a series of polls to select the greatest players at each position in baseball history. Readers were able to vote for three people at each position (except right-handed starter, where the limit was five)...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"Obviously, the person who has diabetes is affected, but so is the entire family," says Vicki Santo. Her husband, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Ron Santo, played major league baseball (1960-1974) with diabetes, and suffered consequences of the...