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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.

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?

CBM Historian George Castle caught up with pitcher George Kontos who is trying to catch on with the 2019 Chicago Cubs. T...
02/03/2019
Niles West grad George Kontos gets to work after signing minor-league deal with Chicago Cubs

CBM Historian George Castle caught up with pitcher George Kontos who is trying to catch on with the 2019 Chicago Cubs. The Niles West grad has pitched for several MLB teams and got a World Series ring with the Giants but now he has a chance to fulfill a childhood dream with the Cubs.

NIles West graduate George Kontos will have the opportunity to play for the team he rooted for as a child.

Chicago Cubs moving forward on much ballyhooed Cubs channel that may turn off fan base.  Check out the experience of LA ...
02/01/2019
About that Cubs channel . . .

Chicago Cubs moving forward on much ballyhooed Cubs channel that may turn off fan base. Check out the experience of LA Dodgers fans and their lukewarn response to the Dodgers network. Baseball needs to be cognizant that there is a ceiling to the entertainment dollar when there are so many choices. The tepid free agent market this year is an ominous sign for baseball. We will soon lament that soon you can no longer watch Cubs games on Channel 9 WGN TV over the air.

The Cubs are pushing forward with plans for their own TV network. Similar team-owned channels in other cities have jacked up subscription fees for viewers and sparked disputes with cable companies that took games off the air.

Here is something Chicago White Sox fans can do to get through the Polar Vortex.
01/29/2019
'Drunk History' puts a unique spin on the 1919 Black Sox scandal

Here is something Chicago White Sox fans can do to get through the Polar Vortex.

Tuesday’s episode of Comedy Central's "Drunk History" explores the 1919 Black Sox scandal; the legacy of Moses Fleetwood Walker; and the real-life story behind “A League of Their Own.”

Chicago White Sox fans hoping for turn-around after 195 losses the past two seasons.The CBM believes that the White Sox ...
01/27/2019
Can White Sox still get excited about 2019 without Manny Machado?

Chicago White Sox fans hoping for turn-around after 195 losses the past two seasons.
The CBM believes that the White Sox will be better off not getting Machado who admits to loafing.

Every day that passes without Manny Machado choosing the White Sox creates more anxiety on the South Side, an uneasy feeling that threatens to make this a Machado-or-bust winter and turn the superstar’s free-agent decision into a referendum on the Sox’s offseason.

Phil Rosenthal's piece on Chicago's half-century love affair with the '69 Cubs is right on point. That team cemented the...
01/20/2019
'It is amazing': The miracle of the '69 Cubs is how much they're beloved — even 50 years later

Phil Rosenthal's piece on Chicago's half-century love affair with the '69 Cubs is right on point. That team cemented the city's relationship with the Northsiders that has carried onto to present day. Fergie Jenkins and George Castle new Signature Strength book on the '69 Cubs explains well why this special teams still burns in the hearts of Chicago Cubs fans more than 50 years later. Fergie's personal inside story about 1969 outlines why the '69 Cubs team is ranked higher than the 2016 World Series team for its special bond. Stories that the CBM did on Jim Hickman and Bill Hands registered an emotional reaction that the 2016 Cubs team members will never achieve. Sad that 18 1969 Cubs are gone...

Fifty years on, Ferguson Jenkins and Randy Hundley recall the much-beloved 1969 Cubs, who lost out to the Miracle Mets but won the undying affection of fans and established the franchise's "lovable loser" persona, casting a shadow on future Cubs teams for decades.

01/05/2019
The 1969 Cubs - Fergie Jenkins - Book Teaser Trailer

Watch this teaser video for the forthcoming book "The 1969 Cubs" by Fergie Jenkins and CBM Historian George Castle due out on January 19th and published by Signature Strength. A half-century later, this team has an incredible pull on the mindset of Chicago Cubs baby-boomer and older fan base. Blame it on day baseball and a manager who did not rest his regulars. How could a team with four future Hall-of-Famers not win!

Coming to you from Signature Strength Publishing on January 19, 2019 (www.signaturestrengthpublishing.com). Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0999529870 An i...

Coming soon...."The 1969 Cubs" by Fergie Jenkins with the help of Chicago Baseball Museum historian George Castle is due...
01/05/2019

Coming soon...."The 1969 Cubs" by Fergie Jenkins with the help of Chicago Baseball Museum historian George Castle is due out on January 19th at the time of the Chicago Cubs convention. #9 Randy Huntley wrote the foreward. For Cubs fans of a certain age this insider book on that magical--yet heartbreaking--season from 50 years ago will be a must read. Published by Signature Strength Publishers.

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12/13/2018
Divergent personalities Smith, Baines now linked by HOF induction | Chicago Baseball Museum

http://chicagobaseballmuseum.org/chicago-baseball-history-news/chicago-baseball-history-feature/divergent-personalities-smith-baines-now-linked-hof-induction/

Divergent personalities Smith, Baines now linked by HOF induction By George Castle CBM Historian Lee Arthur Smith and Harold Baines cannot be more unlike as personalities. To say Big Lee is raucous, riotous and ribald is putting it mildly. Stick around the man-mountain of a Giants roving minor-leagu...

See CBM Historian George Castle essay (www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org)  on the surprise announcement that two Chicago bas...
12/13/2018

See CBM Historian George Castle essay (www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org) on the surprise announcement that two Chicago baseball legends will forever be linked with their induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame this coming July.

For more than a decade Chicago Baseball Museum heartily endorsed Smitty’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame after 478 car...
12/10/2018

For more than a decade Chicago Baseball Museum heartily endorsed Smitty’s candidacy for the Hall of Fame after 478 career saves, including 180 with the Cubs at the start of his career.

In January 2017 CBM Historian George Castle had to be the bearer of bad news to Smitty after he fell short again in the Hall of Fame vote:

“The announcement hardly came as a shock to Lee Arthur Smith when the Chicago Baseball Museum called the former Chicago Cubs National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was announced.

“I think I’m just going to write it off,” Smith said of falling short of induction in his 15th and final year of eligibility on the Baseball Writers Association of America balloting.
Now Smith is remanded to whatever latter-day name the old Veterans Committee takes. And that panel only meets every three years to consider the late 20th century period group in which Smith pitched.
“Maybe if the veterans thing comes around, but I don’t think I’ll be paying too much attention,” said a philosophical Smith.

Well good things happen to good people! He finally got the call he deserved for a long time!

Long way overdue for Chicago White Sox former manager and player who broke the American League color line at old Comisky...
12/08/2018
Senate passes bill to honor Indians, White Sox pioneer Larry Doby

Long way overdue for Chicago White Sox former manager and player who broke the American League color line at old Comisky Park on July 5, 1947.

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to honor former Indians center-fielder Larry Doby, the American League's first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Chicago Cubs prospect Nico Hoerner shines in Arizona Fall League (AFL) All-Star Game, which bodes well for the Cubs who ...
11/04/2018
Cubs prospect Nico Hoerner singles in West's 7-6 comeback victory in AFL Fall Stars Game

Chicago Cubs prospect Nico Hoerner shines in Arizona Fall League (AFL) All-Star Game, which bodes well for the Cubs who should avoid big-dollar free agent signings and home-grow their own talent. The AFL is the brainchild of former Chicago White Sox GM Roland Hemond who wanted to create a "Grad School" experience for young players, who needed additional developmental experience before moving up to the Bigs.

Cubs prospect Nico Hoerner went 1-for-2, and his West team rallied with two runs in the ninth for a 7-6 victory in the AFL Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium in Arizona. White Sox prospect Luis Robert, the West's designated hitter, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

The Chicago White Sox could learn a lot from this road map for success in today's era. Sadly, the franchise forced out C...
10/30/2018
Analysis | Analytics, scouting, money and Alex Cora: How 2018 Red Sox became one of history’s great teams

The Chicago White Sox could learn a lot from this road map for success in today's era. Sadly, the franchise forced out Chicago-land native son Dave Dombrowski, a protogee of Roland Hemond, from the franchise's front office in 1986 and installed Hawk Harrelson as the White Sox general manager. Instead of promoting Dombrowski to become the White Sox GM, the franchise watches his career flourish at several stops and now the pride of Richards High School in Oak Lawn brings home a ring for the wrong-colored Sox team.

The team's World Series win comes at the end of a three-year cycle that began with a sudden and public disavowal of the analytics-based approach.

Chicago Cubs Game #163 today brings back fond memories of the last game 163 at Wrigley Field 20 years ago which was Kerr...
10/01/2018
Cubs vs. Brewers: Who has the edge in Monday's NL Central tiebreaker at Wrigley Field?

Chicago Cubs Game #163 today brings back fond memories of the last game 163 at Wrigley Field 20 years ago which was Kerry's Wood NL Rookie of the Year season and Sammy Sosa's 66 Flintstone-vitamin fueled season. I sat next to future Governor and prison inmate George Ryan near the future Bartman seat. The atmosphere was electric. Sitting next to the Cubs bullpen watching the late Rod Beck warm-up was a thrill. That was a season when Cubs fans were starved to get to the post-season, unlike this year.

Give the Cubs the advantage in starting pitching and the Brewers the nod between bullpens. Here's a look at who has the edge in Monday's tiebreaker between the Cubs and Brewers at Wrigley Field.

My first personal memory of Hawk was after his celebrated time on the Red Sox and he got traded to the Cleveland Indians...
09/03/2018
Hawk Harrelson proud and thankful as White Sox honor him with Hawk Day

My first personal memory of Hawk was after his celebrated time on the Red Sox and he got traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1969. My late aunt Ginny had done some babysitting for his family and she brought me onto the field at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium where I first met Hawk, who had his infamous Hawk nickname on the back of his Indians jersey,

Even though he was a baseball insider, Harrelson sounded like a fan who wore his emotions on his sleeve. Fans knew that he expressed what they felt watching Chicago White Sox game. He was proud to be considered a homer broadcaster and embraced that label.

When the Wall Street Journal published research in 2012 about bias in baseball broadcasting, Hawk won by a wide margin the broadcaster who openly rooted for his team the most often. "That's the biggest compliment you could give me, to call me the biggest homer in baseball.”

While it was disappointing that only 30,000 and change where present for Hawk day on Sunday September 2nd, Hawk did not disappoint with his on-field remarks. His emotional, tear-filled moment about comparing himself to Lou Gehrig being the luckiest man in the world rang true.

Sad, he did not get his wish: "I hope to be broadcasting for the White Sox until I die." He had joked how he was going to die: in the White Sox broadcasting booth with his last words, "You can put it on the booooard...and he gone.

Research citation

Solomon, Jared (September 24, 2012). "How Biased Is Your Baseball Announcer? Ken "Hawk" Harrelson Leads the Way". The Wall Street Journal. 25 September 2012.

Harrelson, once the White Sox general manager, has been tied closely to the team since returning as the Sox’s play-by-play man after broadcasting stints with the Red Sox and Yankees.

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