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Chicago TribuneFor of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: `It might have been! --J ohn Greenleaf Whittier (1856). Those words were lamentably appropriate for the Chicago Cubs on this painful day, when the team's legendary futility reached a record...
Tribune staff reporterJerome Holtzman, who went from copy boy to Hall of Famer in a distinguished career as a Chicago sportswriter, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 81 and was affectionately known to colleagues as "the Dean," a term reflecting his stature as a...
What's the Curse of the Billy Goat? It started during the 1945 World Series, which pitted the Cubs against the Detroit Tigers. The Cubs refused to let Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis bring his lucky goat inside Wrigley Field for Game 4. An angry...
Tags: Mark Derosa, Jamie Moyer, Lou Boudreau, Dick Cheney, Basketball
Tribune staff reporterHow windy was it Wednesday night during the Cubs' 12-3 victory over Cincinnati at Wrigley Field? So windy the Cubs took down the ceremonial flags for Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ron Santo, along with the center-field pennants signifying the...
Tribune staff reporterDerrek Lee isn't thinking about it, and no one is saying he can keep it up the entire season. But after the first two months of 2005, Lee was the National League leader in batting average, home runs and RBIs, putting him on an early pace to become the...
Big question: A former drug addict (Julianne Moore) enlists the help of a cop (Samuel L. Jackson) when her son disappears. Has Moore forgotten "The Forgotten"? Skip it: The actors in "Freedomland" don't play characters; they represent static states of...
Tribune arts critic2½ stars (out of four) First-rate actors bail out second-rate directors all the time, and "Freedomland" serves as the latest example. In the film Julianne Moore, playing a carjacking victim, relishes her chance to feast on what most actors never get...
Tribune staff reporterWhen the Cubs began to become respectable in the late 1960s after 20 years of second-division finishes, columnist Mike Royko decried the rise of bandwagon-jumping fans. "Are they really Cubs fans?" Royko wrote in a 1968 Chicago Daily News column. "Were...
Tags: Lou Brock, Lou Boudreau, Hank Aaron, Baseball, Leo Durocher
Tribune staff reporterThe Cubs have too many veterans on their roster to start an old-fashioned youth movement, yet the future of the franchise was on full display Thursday during a doubleheader split with Arizona. After rookie Carlos Marmol imploded in the first inning of...
Sun ReporterMark McGwire came far closer yesterday to dropping off the ballot than entering the Hall of Fame. In an apparent repudiation of baseball's so-called steroid era, just 23.5 percent of Hall of Fame voters endorsed McGwire, the seventh-leading home run...
The Associated PressPlayer, Year, Cast, Votes, Pct. Tom Seaver 1992 430 425 98.84 Nolan Ryan 1999 497 491 98.79 Cal Ripken Jr. 2007 545 537 98.53 Ty Cobb 1936 226 222 98.23 George Brett 1999 497 488 98.19 Hank Aaron 1982 415 406 97.83 Tony Gwynn 2007 545 532 97.61...
Tags: Dizzy Dean, Hoyt Wilhelm, Lou Brock, Don Sutton, Babe Ruth
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