| Mar 20, 2009
Whitey Lockman, whose key hit for the New York Giants in the decisive 1951 National League playoff game against the Brooklyn Dodgers set the stage for teammate Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard Round the World," has died. He was 82.
Lockman, of Scottsdale,...
| Dec 25, 2009
Lester Rodney, the sports editor and columnist for the American Communist Party newspaper the Daily Worker who crusaded to end segregation in major league baseball in the 1930s and '40s, has died. He was 98.
Rodney died of age-related causes Sunday at...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 8:43 AM
Yup, I won a game for the Cubs when I was 9 years old, a kind of pre-pubescent reverse-Bartman deal. The next day's Chicago Tribune called the anonymous fan who interfered with a critical eighth-inning play "the fourth outfielder," which. with its...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:55 AM
To purchase a copy of the book:
Ernie Banks: Mr. Cub and The Summer of '69
One of a select few baseball legends to hit more than 500 home runs, Ernie Banks Hall of Fame career contained memorable milestones including consecutive selections...
| Dec 3, 2010
| 7:22 PM
The lasting legacy of Ron Santo — aside from the 342 home runs and five Gold Glove awards, the millions he helped raise for charities and the laughter he provided with his inimitable grunts and groans during Cubs broadcasts — might be the...
| Dec 4, 2010
| 11:15 AM
Heel clicking: While running to the clubhouse after a thrilling walk-off win at Wrigley Field in June 1969, Santo spontaneously jumped in the air and clicked his heels together a few times. Manager Leo Durocher told Santo to "make that our victory kick,"...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 1:30 AM
Women's College Basketball-Michigan at Purdue, 5:30 p.m. (Big 10 Network); Penn State at Northwestern, 7:30 p.m. (Big 10 Network); Idaho at Nevada, 10 p.m. (ESPNU)
Men's College Basketball-Xavier at Cincinnati, 6 p.m. (ESPN2); Villanova at...
| May 22, 2011
This story was first published in the Tribune on May 22, 2011.
The voice is softer now but as affable and entertaining as ever.
Moose Skowron still has many, many tales to tell.
Like the night Marilyn Monroe was flirting -- only not with Skowron, nor...
| Jun 5, 2009
| 4:30 PM
My recent blog and Facebook posts on memorable TV cameos in which jocks play themselves yielded plenty of input, including some oddball appearances I had not been aware of - or conveniently forgot for the sake of my mental......
| Jan 13, 2009
| 7:30 PM
Preston Gomez, who managed the expansion San Diego Padres and later guided the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs during a six-decade career in baseball, died Tuesday. He was 85.
Gomez died in Fullerton, Calif. He never fully recovered from head injuries...
| Jul 21, 2008
| 8:21 PM
Jerome 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...