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Chicago Baseball Museum Honoring Chicago's Contributions to America's National Pastime.

The Chicago Baseball Museum and Jerome Holtzman Library and Research Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the past, present and future of Chicago baseball. We are currently in the process of fundraising for a permanent location so that the CBM can continue to collect, preserve, document, research and interpret pertinent historical artifacts, as well as plan events for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of the diverse Chicago baseball fan population. For additional information about upcoming events or to make a donation to the museum please visit our website, www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org. *Please note that the address listed on this page is not the current nor the future location of the museum. The address provided is for mailing purposes only.

41 years ago Steve Dahl pulled off #DiscoDemolition  at Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park that now rages in a controversia...
07/12/2020

41 years ago Steve Dahl pulled off #DiscoDemolition at Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park that now rages in a controversial light. Was it an organized HATE CRIME event against minorities?

Dahl continues to defend himself against accusations of racism and homophobia saying he was a disenfranchised 20-something rocker letting off a little steam.

While many believe that the re-examination of the cultural significance of this event is a product of #BlackLivesMatter, even in 1979, there were some who called out the event as ethnic cleansing of rock radio and and akin to NAZI-ESQUE book burning.

Most prominent was white Rolling Stone rock critic Dave Marsh who wrote in December 1979: "The antidisco movement, which has been publicized by such FM personalities as notorious Chicago DJ Steve Dahl, is simply another programming device. White males, eighteen to thirty-four, are the most likely to see disco as the product of homosexuals, blacks and Latins, and therefore they’re most likely to respond to appeals to wipe out such threats to their security. It goes almost without saying that such appeals are racist and sexist, but broadcasting has never been an especially civil-libertarian medium."

Someday there will be a doctoral dissertation written about DD exploring the controversial overtones in great detail.

For me personally, I have had many black and gay friends who have provided me a new perspective on #DiscoDemolition in the past year.

Full disclosure: I missed the event because I was a US Army physician stationed in Germany in 1979 or else I would have been there as a disenfranchised 20-something white rocker.

A nice piece by Greg Echlin on how the 2018-2019 Spanish Flu Pandemic contributed to the formation of the Negro Leagues....
05/31/2020
How A Global Pandemic 100 Years Ago Helped Spark The Founding Of The Negro Leagues In Kansas City

A nice piece by Greg Echlin on how the 2018-2019 Spanish Flu Pandemic contributed to the formation of the Negro Leagues. Just as now professional baseball is trying to figure out in 2020 what do in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a series of world-altering events in 1918-1920 led to the creation of Negro Leagues in 1920 with Chicago American Giants owner Rube Foster as one of the founders. In 1918-1919, the Spanish flu impacted black communities more as now with COVID-19 in 2020. Out of the devastation in 1918-1919 to black communities from the Spanish Flu came the creation of the Negro Leagues.

A historic meeting at the Paseo YMCA in 1920 may never have happened if not for a series of world-altering events, including the 1918 flu pandemic.

Great story about the legendary Ronnie Woo Woo Wickers, who is an urban legend. Fans should check out "WooLife: A Docume...
05/28/2020
The day in 1987 Ronnie ‘Woo’ Wickers was discovered alive — and delivering pizzas in a Chicago Cubs uniform — after a published report of his death

Great story about the legendary Ronnie Woo Woo Wickers, who is an urban legend. Fans should check out "WooLife: A Documentary on Legendary Chicago Cubs Fan Ronnie Woo Woo" a film that features the resoration of Ronnie's teeth. It is an inspiring story how Ronnie got to sing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the 7th inning stretch. The CBM was fortunate to go the premiere that featured Buck O'Neil speaking about his friendship with Ronnie before O'Neil's death in 2006. Mr. Sullivan needs to do a story about the time Ronnie thought he got traded to the Chicago White Sox!

In the third in our series on non-classic Chicago sports moments, here’s a recap of the day Chicago Cubs fan Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers was discovered alive on May 28, 1987, after reports of his untimely death.

The campaign to clear Buck Weaver's name continues. Next event will be in corn fields of Iowa in August 2020!
10/01/2019
Clearing the Black Sox

The campaign to clear Buck Weaver's name continues. Next event will be in corn fields of Iowa in August 2020!

ebra Ebert and Sandy Schley sat toward the back of the second-floor ballroom at the Chicago History Museum, amid the crowd of 200 baseball fans and history buffs as historians, writers and professors delved deeply into the records and ramifications of the infamous 1919 World Series.

Joe Maddon is out! Enjoyed spending time with him at the San Diego winter meetings in December 2014. Told him the Cubs j...
09/29/2019
Column: Joe Maddon, love him or hate him, was always true to himself — and the Cubs

Joe Maddon is out! Enjoyed spending time with him at the San Diego winter meetings in December 2014. Told him the Cubs job would change his life. He had just been hired by the Cubs and really did not fully comprehend the coming media frenzy in Chicago . He looked in person much younger than he did than he did on TV when he managed the Rays. He was a big Dick Allen fan and I introduced him to Dick’s son Richard Allen who was there to advocate for his Dad’s HoF bid.

If Joe Maddon is gone, as most expect, Chicago will lose a unique voice. Other than Harry Caray and Ernie Banks, no one enjoyed selling the Cubs more.

This story is getting a lot of attention because it captures a sentiment that many old fans are expressing that the mode...
08/20/2019
MLB lifers decry the state of the modern baseball: 'Unwatchable'

This story is getting a lot of attention because it captures a sentiment that many old fans are expressing that the modern game--with game times that commonly exceed four hours--is driving away lot of loyal fans. The strikeout totals these days are stunning! Never again will a MLB MVP player even come close to matching Lou Boudreau's 1948 MVP season where he struck out only 9 times in 676 plate appearances.

There’s more information available in baseball now, but critics say it has sucked the heart out of game. MLB lifers like Goose Gossage can't watch.

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Ken Holtzman posts a no strike out,  no hit game against the Braves on this day in 1969. Here is my...
08/19/2019

Chicago Cubs Pitcher Ken Holtzman posts a no strike out, no hit game against the Braves on this day in 1969. Here is my scorecard from that magical day that more than 40,000 packed Wrigley Field. No one knew that the bottom was about to fall out for the Cubs.

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fabled Chicago White Sox #DiscoDemolitionNight at old Comiskey Park. Still the m...
07/12/2019

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the fabled Chicago White Sox #DiscoDemolitionNight at old Comiskey Park. Still the most successful baseball promotion ever and will live on in infamy thanks to the genius of Steve Dahl and @mikeveeck...still waiting for the long rumored movie.

The Chicago White Sox organization, which has been the leader in advancing the civil rights movement for MLB ever since ...
07/02/2019
White Sox address placing Emmett Till photo in scoreboard segment, calling it ‘poor form’

The Chicago White Sox organization, which has been the leader in advancing the civil rights movement for MLB ever since 1933 when it hosted the first East-West Negro League All-Star game, quickly took action to minimize any fallout from this rather insensitive scoreboard post.

White Sox official Scott Reifert said of using Emmett Till in a list of famous Chicagoans: “When you look at it, it doesn’t feel right."

'69  Chicago Cubs . The season that keeps on giving and still clings to the hearts of Cubs fans of a certain age. For mo...
06/22/2019
Fifty years later, the Cubs’ 1969 collapse to the Mets still triggers anxiety in Baby Boomers

'69 Chicago Cubs . The season that keeps on giving and still clings to the hearts of Cubs fans of a certain age. For more details see Fergie Jenkins and George Castle's book "The 1969 Cubs: Long Rembered, Never Forgotten" for an intimate 50 year-perspective.

The animosity that typically greeted a Cubs-Mets series is noticeably absent. The team we used to love to hate is just another bad team now.

You don't want to miss this exhibit Beverly Arts Center!#BlackSox100 won't be celebrated by MLB or Chicago White Sox. #C...
06/19/2019
Mythology and art mesh at Black Sox 100th-anniversary exhibit | Chicago Baseball Museum

You don't want to miss this exhibit Beverly Arts Center!
#BlackSox100 won't be celebrated by MLB or Chicago White Sox. #ClearBuck

By George Castle CBM Historian Thom Ross makes his point – very sharply – about the Black Sox via his art in the most publicized exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of sports’ biggest scandal. All of Ross’ drawings of the celebrities, sanctimonious arbiters and shadowy characters inv...

Don't miss this exhibit  @Beverly Arts Center! MLB and Chicago White Sox will not be celebrating #BlackSox100. ClearBuck...
06/15/2019
Mythology and art mesh at Black Sox 100th-anniversary exhibit | Chicago Baseball Museum

Don't miss this exhibit @Beverly Arts Center! MLB and Chicago White Sox will not be celebrating #BlackSox100. ClearBuck!

By George Castle CBM Historian Thom Ross makes his point – very sharply – about the Black Sox via his art in the most publicized exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of sports’ biggest scandal. All of Ross’ drawings of the celebrities, sanctimonious arbiters and shadowy characters inv...

Sad to see controversy connected to the Chicago White Sox celebration of the "best f.... Baseball promotion ever" accord...
06/13/2019
White Sox and Steve Dahl defend Disco Demolition T-shirt giveaway amid criticism: 'What happened?'

Sad to see controversy connected to the Chicago White Sox celebration of the "best f.... Baseball promotion ever" according to then White Sox manager Don Kessinger. The CBM is well aware of the cultural criticism that has been brought up in recent years about #DiscoDemolition40 but there were no such concerns about the time. Nice to see the White Sox embrace the historical nature of the event.

The White Sox issued a statement responding to objections to its T-shirt giveaway tied to the 40th anniversary of Disco Demolition Night.

CBM Historian's George Castle's intimate good-bye to a beloved Chicago Cubs player
05/28/2019
Buckner plowed through pain of ankle, vitriol over World Series gaffe | Chicago Baseball Museum

CBM Historian's George Castle's intimate good-bye to a beloved Chicago Cubs player

By George Castle CBM Historian. Baseball’s an inherently cruel game, the ultimate sport of failure, grinding down the toughest of men. By those standards, Bill Buckner was made of cast iron, as if he had an impenetrable barrier against the hurricane winds that could have blown him apart. One of th...

Sad to report one of the most beloved Chicago Cubs players #BillyBuck has lost his battle against a progressive neurolog...
05/27/2019
Bill Buckner, former Cubs first baseman, dies at 69

Sad to report one of the most beloved Chicago Cubs players #BillyBuck has lost his battle against a progressive neurological disease.

Former Cubs first baseman Bill Buckner died Monday after a battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 69.

This is great gesture by the Chicago White Sox to honor Steve Dahl and the historic Disco Demolition on its forthcoming ...
05/23/2019
White Sox to celebrate Disco Demolition at 40 with Steve Dahl - Robert Feder

This is great gesture by the Chicago White Sox to honor Steve Dahl and the historic Disco Demolition on its forthcoming 40th anniversary. As Sox manager Don Kessinger said to me several times, DD was the best f'ing baseball promotion of all time. Disco still sucks!

Forty years after Disco Demolition, it’s nice to know the Chicago White Sox don’t hold a grudge against Steve Dahl. The Chicago media legend and Radio Hall

This sad to see this happen. It reminds one of the situation when Ryne Sandberg left the Chicago Cubs in 1994. Out of th...
05/16/2019
Ben and Julianna Zobrist file for divorce in separate courts — and in separate states — after 13-plus years of marriage

This sad to see this happen. It reminds one of the situation when Ryne Sandberg left the Chicago Cubs in 1994. Out of the blue, on the morning of June 11, 1994, Ryne woke up and decided to quit baseball. Turned out his 1st retirement from baseball was due to his bad marriage. Let's hope that the Eureka, Illinois native Ben Zobrist is able to come back to baseball and get past this. He is a class act and it sad to see his personal business become public.

Christian pop singer Julianna Zobrist and Chicago Cubs player Ben Zobrist have filed for divorce from each other after more than 13 years of marriage.

It will be interesting how this story plays out for the Chicago Cubs.  Hopefully, Addison will continue to demonstrate h...
05/12/2019
'I just hope it's a genuine lesson learned': Cubs fans react to Addison Russell's return

It will be interesting how this story plays out for the Chicago Cubs. Hopefully, Addison will continue to demonstrate his remorse by taking ownership and accountability of this. Let this be a warning to other spoiled MLB players that domestic violence is wrong and there are severe consequences with this behavior.

Cubs fans had mixed feelings about seeing Addison Russell return after his suspension for domestic abuse allegations.

Chicago bids farewell to Chet Coppock, who is pictured here with Patricia Brickhouse,the widow of his idol at Wrigley Fi...
04/30/2019

Chicago bids farewell to Chet Coppock, who is pictured here with Patricia Brickhouse,the widow of his idol at Wrigley Field on Jack Brickhouse bobblehead day in July 2014. He was always encouraging about the CBM project.

Chicago Sun Times writer Maureen O'Donnell reallly captured the legacy of Pat Anderson, a strong-willed Chicago woman, w...
04/17/2019
Pat Anderson, niece who crusaded to lift 'Black Sox' ban on Buck Weaver, dies

Chicago Sun Times writer Maureen O'Donnell reallly captured the legacy of Pat Anderson, a strong-willed Chicago woman, who fought for justice for her Uncle Buck that took her and her older sister into his home at age 4 when their father died in 1931. It wasn't until later in life that she realized the man who was a "second father" to her was a famous baseball player, who won a World Championship with the Chicago White Sox in 1917, but gained more notoriety after he was banned from baseball in 1921 because of his alleged role in the 1919 World Series where he batted .324 and committed no errors at third base.

Pat Anderson campaigned to get her uncle Buck Weaver of the White Sox reinstated after he was banned from baseball in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal.

What a tribute to the passing of Pat Anderson, the niece of Chicago White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver #BlackSox100, if...
04/15/2019
100 years after the Black Sox scandal, MLB — now aligned with a gambling partner — owes Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson another look

What a tribute to the passing of Pat Anderson, the niece of Chicago White Sox third baseman Buck Weaver #BlackSox100, if MLB Commish Rob Manfred would reconsider his 2015 decision not to reconsider Weaver's eternal ban. For the last 16 years of her life Pat fought to get her Uncle Buck who raised her a surrogate daughter reinstated into baseball after being thrown out in 1921. Actor John Cusack played Buck in the 1988 Film "Eight Men Out".

As baseball nears the 100th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal and the fixed World Series, the sport is in business with MGM Resorts International, now the “Official Gaming Partner of MLB.” It seems outcasts Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson deserve a review of their banishment from the gam...

The Tribune's Phil Rosenthal makes some very good arguments in a piece that is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek.  Chicago ...
02/21/2019
Are you a disillusioned Cubs fan who wants to become a White Sox fan? Here’s how to do that

The Tribune's Phil Rosenthal makes some very good arguments in a piece that is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek. Chicago White Sox offer a lower cost alternative option that is aimed for the entire family that is easier to access for the fan that is traveling by car to a game.

Some Cubs fans are cutting ties with the team. If they're looking to remain Chicago baseball fans, here's a guide to switching allegiance to the White Sox.

The Wiki-Leaks style release of the e-mails from Chicago Cubs patriarch E-mails along with announcement that Todd Ricket...
02/06/2019
Joe Ricketts' emails are offensive, inexcusable and, alas, likely to be overlooked by Cubs fans

The Wiki-Leaks style release of the e-mails from Chicago Cubs patriarch E-mails along with announcement that Todd Ricketts will co-chair the Trump 2020 Re-Election Campaign will be a test of the fan base. I agree with the Tribune's writer P Rosenthal that it will be business as usual unless there are more damaging leaks and MLB has to go into damage control mode.

What are fans of the Ricketts family-owned Cubs to do about Joe Ricketts' racist, Islamophobic emails, exposed for all the world to see? More to the point, what will they do?

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Does anyone here know if its possible to obtain DVD copies of broadcasts of individual Cubs games from the 1980s?? I've been unsuccessful trying to determine if I can go through WGN for this. Thanks!
Ernie went to Heaven 5 years ago today.
Here’s what Roger Angell, America’s finest baseball writer, just posted on Facebook: "What we can all do at this moment is vote—get up, brush our teeth, go to the polling place, and get in line. I was never in combat as a soldier, but now I am.... When you do go to vote on Tuesday, take a friend, a nephew, a neighbor, or a partner, and be patient when in line. Just up ahead of you, the old guy in a sailing cap, leaning on his cane and accompanied by his wife, is me, again not minding the wait, and again enthralled by the moment and its meaning." Oh, by the way, John Thorn, the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball, noted that Roger Angell is ninety-eight years old, legally blind, and heading to the polls tomorrow…
Italians celebrate Chicago’s rich baseball history in Arlington Heights on Saturday, June 2, 2018
Doctor voldern please talk their doctor
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Dick Dozer and family at my parents house Siesta Key Fl. April 6, 1963