Tag Archives: Ernie Banks

Let’s Play Two

Ernie Banks’s enthusiasm was contagious as Covid as he declared, “Let’s play two!” Will the regularly scheduled doubleheader, the double-dip, ever make a comeback in Major League Baseball? Auguring this is a matter of time. Literally. To produce a leaner … Continue reading

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Good-bye, Mr. Sunshine

Ernie Banks is gone. He was the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs, and has forever since been “Mr. Cub.” A Hall of Fame inductee (1977), Banks is best remembered for his boundless enthusiasm: Let’s Play Two! … Continue reading

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Ten-inning Gem from 1965

Jim Maloney threw 187 (!) pitches, walking ten batters, in his ten-inning, August 19, no-hitter versus the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Wrigley, which turns 100 in 2014, is a spry 51 here. Thanks to FOROTB (friend of Right off … Continue reading

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Ron Santo Makes the Hall

Several weeks ago the Veterans Committee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Ron Santo, the click-of-the-heels, laser-throwing, and clutch-hitting third baseman for the vintage Chicago Cubs (1960–70) had been inducted. This announcement came nearly a year to … Continue reading

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