Baseball

McFarland

Even if you're not a baseball fan, you are probably familiar with Jackie Robinson.  He broke the color barrier in the major leagues when he played with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  

But that was in the National League.  Can you name the first African American to play in the junior circuit? And did you realize one team waited 12 years after Robinson before putting a black player on the field?

Lawmaker Unsatisfied With Little League Decision

Feb 19, 2015

After a summer of cheering on Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team as it advanced through the Little League national series, critics are now clamoring. 

Earlier this month the team was stripped of its championship title.  

Little League officials say the Chicago team broke the rules, by recruiting players outside its boundaries.

It’s a decision that Representative Monique Davis, a Chicago Democrat, says is unfair.

 

John Wallenstein passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014. John made a huge impact on WUIS with his quiet leadership and by explaining to his extensive contacts in the business community how supporting WUIS' mission to inform the community also benefited their business. John was proud to be the force behind making the Education Initiative possible. He raised funds for it over the past two years and headed the search committee to find the first multmedia journalist to head the education desk. Our thoughts and gratitude are with John's wife, Gracia, and their family. Arrangements pending. WUIS staff and partners know John best from his time at the radio station over the past decade. The SJ-R's Jim Ruppert shares another aspect of John's life...

Baseball Brother

Aug 8, 2014

Late WUIS staff member John Wallenstein is remembered by his brother Roger Wallenstein in this blog post that is part of his regular beat The White Sox Report.

SpringfieldSliders.com

It’s Opening Night for the team that plays its home games at Robin Roberts Stadium on Springfield’s north side.  Sliders’ Director of Community Relations Bill Hill and Field Manager Pete Romero stopped by to talk about what’s in store this season and the future of baseball in Springfield.

On July 25, 1860, members of the Excelsior Base Ball Club met on their baseball grounds in Chicago to settle a political argument. The purpose of the meeting was a baseball game between players who supported the presidential candidacy of Abraham Lincoln and those who supported Stephen A. Douglas. Mostly in their 20s, the club’s players represented an upwardly mobile group of young Chicago residents who hoped to channel their energy and enthusiasm for the coming presidential election through their athletic prowess on the baseball field. 

 

There is some element of risk in asking a man with a long memory and far too much education to write about baseball. Politics and history and the environment may raise the hackles, but only a serious subject can provoke a truly prolonged emotional outburst. 

Peggy Boyer Long
WUIS/Illinois Issues

"At the end of the day, do people really care whether or not the Cubs win in 14 innings or 9 innings?" Blagojevich told reporters today. "It's whether they win or lose."

Posted August 1 by Monique Garcia
Clout Street
Chicago Tribune Web Edition

Ah, baseball. That most American of pastimes. But these days some of the better players are imports.

Mike Morsch
WUIS/Illinois Issues

I’m not sure anyone realistically thinks the St. Louis Cardinals will move across the river if Missouri lawmakers don’t meet the team’s demand for a new stadium. But that doesn’t mean Illinois shouldn’t have asked.

That’s just what Carlyle Democrat Rep. Kurt Granberg did last year. And Gov. George Ryan hasn’t let the idea get past him. Ryan met late in the summer with Cardinals president Mark Lamping to explore the possibilities of a Cardinals move.

The Joy of Keeping Score

How Scoring the Game Has Influenced and Enhanced the History of Baseball
Paul Dickson, 1996
Walker and Company

Bob Rosenberg has been a professional sports scorekeeper since 1961, when he broke in with the Chicago Packers basketball team. 

As far as he knows, he’s the nation’s only full-time professional scorer, keeping the books for the Chicago Bulls, Bears, and White Sox, as well as half the home games for the Cubs. 

Ed Wojcicki
WUIS/Illinois Issues

As the summer heat sets in, my thoughts drift to baseball. They drift back 13 years, to 1988 when the Illinois legislature adopted a last-minute plan to build a new Comiskey Park for the Chicago White Sox. That prevented the Sox from moving to Florida.