Friday, September 30, 2005

Ryne Sandberg Day newslinks, photos

Margaret Sandberg and her husband, Ryne.
Click on the links below to view photos.
Click on a photo for a larger view of the image.

Keep checking back, because I'm adding more photos from Cubs games of the past as I find time to upload them.

Bill Status of HR0197 94th General Assembly


Be sure to read the full text option.

Related news articles and web features

Braves' Smoltz discusses Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg

Sandberg honor as sweet as it gets Chicago Sun Times

An early star quality
On the streets of Spokane, an ambitious child shaped the skills of his future
The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash.

Ryne Sandberg day photos from the Chicago Tribune

Cubs immortalize Sandberg's No. 23 feature.

9 photos from Ryne Sandberg day WGN Baseball blog

Thank yous keep on coming for Sandberg Chicago Tribune

Ryne Sandberg's Yahoo Column

See where Ryne's name was mentioned on tv. keyword search on Ryne Sandberg

Year of the Ryne Drive
Sun Times 7/31/05

MP3's of Sandberg's speech, 7th inning stretch performance collection of Ryne Sandberg photos

Do you have photos from this day? Upload them to the web and share the web address (url) in the comments section below. I'd love to see your photos!


My thanks to the Chicago Baseball Museum for linking to this blog.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Chicago Cubs Basketball Game

Chicago Cubs Basketball Game Photos

Back in the 70's and 80's, players from the Chicago Cubs team would form a basketball team for off season exhibition games. They would play high school faculty teams and that sort of thing.
I would've loved to see them play the Harlem Globetrotters. :)

Here are some old photos from one of those games.
Also playing for the Cubs is their athletic trainer Tony Garofalo.

We should all thank Michael Jordan for changing the sport of basketball by getting rid of these awful short short gym shorts. :)

Feel free to reply to this post and identify the players if you wish.

Enjoy the photos.


PS: You can click on a photo to view a larger image.

The March 30, 2005 Chicago Tribune ran an article mentioning these Cubs basketball games. The players mentioned in the article played years before the team that I photographed, but since it is a rare reference to these games, I thought I'd share a quote. The link has since aged off but you can probably find this article in the Tribune library archives.

Double players
When it comes to rooting for baseball in Chicago, these fans love their teams. Plural.,1,7825535.story

Quote from Jay Martin (J.C. Martin's son)

"During the winter months, Dad played on a basketball team that was primarily Cub players--Don Kessinger, Ron Santo, Glenn Beckert, Paul Popovich, Billy Williams, Jim Hickman, Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley," he recalled. "They'd go around playing coaching staffs from high schools. It'd be kind of a charity event for the high school. I'd look forward to traveling, and I got to know the players in a personal way."

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Cubs related license plates

Chicago Cubs related license plates

Mark Grace fans perhaps?

The Cubs used to have a catcher named Harry Chiti, so I thought of him when I spotted these license plates.
For more about Harry's career, visit this page:

Dear State of Illinois, the Cardinal should not be our state bird.
Know what I mean?

Sammy Sosa hit 66 home runs in 1998.
Read more about that feat here:

Yeah, I know. Pudge isn't a Cub.

Click here to view ACUBMAN plates.

Other plates
(not neccessarily Cubs related)

These Gizmo plates were on a Gremlin.
Remember the movie?

Let's see, if they meant 1 Cor 3:13...

1 Corinthians 3:13 (New International Version)

13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.

Now if they meant Corinthians 13:13

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Now, what kind of car is this?

I ran a search on "Be Holy" at

Leviticus 21:6 (New International Version)

6 They must be holy to their God and must not profane the name of their God.

Read entire verse at:

Click on the OPRATR plates photo and try to read the plate cover message.

Send photos of Cubs related license plates to:
chicagocubs (@)
and your photo might just end up on this page.