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Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019 12:00 am

Sid’s secret and the charming history of Chicago football

 This year marks the centennial celebration of the Chicago Bears, an iconic founding franchise of the National Football League. While the team’s roots are found in next-door Decatur, where they
Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:00 am

Mark the death of Justice Stevens by reading his book.

 Arriving home on the evening of July 17, I was saddened by the news that retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had died at the age of 99. Having spent the past few months reading The M
Thursday, July 11, 2019 12:00 am
 The Fourth of July and baseball are irretrievably linked. The celebration of American independence in midsummer and the game share many traditions. Across America on the Fourth of July, baseball
Monday, June 24, 2019 12:00 am
 Taking a brief respite from the travails of the Springfield Sliders, who as I write this column have completed a quarter of their season and find themselves with a record of six wins and nine lo
Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

St. Louis isn’t Springfield. Here you can always talk to the owner.

 Having attended baseball games for many decades, I was reminded last week of how different the game is from that first game I attended in 1955. On Memorial Day weekend along with my son, son-in-
Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:00 am

The legendary Harry Caray

The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman, by Don Zminda. Bowman and Littlefield, 2019.A Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cub and St. Louis Cardinal fan walk into a bar. They cannot agree on
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 am
 “You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark” was the trademark mantra of legendary announcer Harry Caray. While Harry was correct, the modern problem is one of affording fun at the ballpark. T
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

A new biography of Ernie Banks is a great way to start the season

“They’re all beautiful days Buck. It’s just that some are more beautiful than others.” –Ernie BanksThe true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano. It is the
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 12:00 am
 THE BREAKAWAY: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks, by Bryan Smith. Northwestern University Press, 2018.To be a fan of a Chicago professional sports team is
Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:00 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe


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