Greatest Moments: No. 2, Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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Did Cubs Throw 1918 World Series?

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

In a 1920 court deposition the Chicago History Museum recently published on its Web site, White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte - one of the infamous "Eight Men Out" who were banned from organized baseball for life for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series - claimed that he and his teammates had heard that several members of the crosstown Cubs were offered $10,000 to throw the 1918 World Series to the Boston Red Sox.

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Greatest Moments: No. 18, Sosa's 62nd Homer

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 13, 2011

(Editor's Note: Thiteenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

History has since diminished the significance of the 1998 race for the NL home run crown between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, but while it was happening, it was captivating to even the most casual fans.

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1932: Babe Ruth's Called Shot

By Chris Rewers on Monday, October 11, 2010

Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" is one of the great legends in the history of baseball and Wrigley Field - but I'm sorry to report that it never happened. It's a case in which sportswriters refused to let the facts get in the way of a great story and as the years have passed, fiction has evolved into fact.

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1908: Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Monday, October 4, 2010

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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1998: Wild-Card Fever

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, September 19, 2010

When the Milwaukee Brewers visited Wrigley Field for a three-game weekend series Sept. 11-13, 1998, I had a full-blown case of Wild Card Fever.

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Red Sox, Yankees Highlight 2011 Schedule

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The Cubs will make their first interleague visit to play the Boston Red Sox and host the New York Yankees at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2003 during the 2011 season.

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Building a Winner is Not a Zero-Sum Game

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Much of the debate regarding how the Cubs should go about building a winner has centered on whether the team should "play the kids" or pursue a quicker fix.

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Ramirez Joins The Immortals... and Larry Parrish

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Interesting stuff courtesy of Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times:

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Chris and Ronnie's Grand Night

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I lost interest in the All-Star Game long ago, but when I was a kid the Midsummer Classic was a very big deal.

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Supreme Cubs Fan

By Beachwood Reporter on Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"In one of his last public speeches before retiring, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Monday bypassed talk of the court's deep ideological divide and the battle to replace him and instead talked to a Chicago legal group about his beloved Cubs," the Tribune reports.

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More Ways For Tom Ricketts To Desecrate Wrigley Field

By Beachwood Reporter on Saturday, May 1, 2010

"I don't really like the Cubs - 1984 turned me into a White Sox fan and an eternal baseball pessimist," Drew Adamek writes on the Beachwood Reporter.

"I'll admit it outright: I am not a Cubs fan because I like winning once in awhile. I don't buy into the lovable losers bullshit; being a baseball fan is too expensive and time-consuming to embrace constant mediocrity.

"The Cubs are just too goddamned disappointing every year for me to invest any interest in them. One devastating childhood heartbreak is all a team gets out of me.

"But there is one thing that I like about the Cubs: Wrigley Field. The only thing about the Cubs worth a damn to me is their ballpark. I love all great ballparks: Camden, Wrigley, the old Milwaukee County Stadium. The experience of going to a baseball game in a real park - the sun, the beer, the hot dogs, the history - is as American and traditional as it gets.

"Wrigley is a baseball - and a Chicago - treasure and it therefore breaks my heart that it's going to be defiled and desecrated in such a crass, commercial way. I am talking, of course, about the proposed Toyota sign. If this act of commercial graffiti happens, it will be an unforgivable defacing of one of the only true baseball temples left.

"I fear exploiting and weakening the tactile experience of going to a game more than I fear physical, cosmetic changes. Common places - ballparks, museums, plazas - collectively mean something, and when we change those places, we change our identity. Our experiences and memories become different; we lose something about ourselves every time we sell out our sacred places.

"If our temples are simply marketing opportunities then what do we keep sacred? (Right, before we go on about baseball as a business, I am asking that we keep one or two places culturally pristine to preserve what is great about America.)

"But fuck it, if the floodgates to commercial desecration are open why not go all the way? I mean, if you paint over Mona Lisa's smile, you might as well turn the rest of the portrait into a CoverGirl ad, right? If we can't enjoy simple pleasures without commercial intrusion then why bother anymore?"

Here, then, are Drew Adamek's suggestions for ways to further desecrate Wrigley by leaving no marketing stone unturned:

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Sincerely, JCB

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