Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Baseball Chicago Style

One of the most important pieces of Chicago's heritage is baseball, even if it is usually of the poorly played variety. And as the only city to continously hold two teams since the inception of the American League in 1901, there is double the opportunity to take in a game.
More Baseball!

Unfortunately, there will only be one team in town during the week of the conference, the White Sox. But for baseball fans, there might not be a better team to see than the defending World Series champions. The White Sox will play host to the Rangers, Tigers, and Indians during the week of the conference. Here is a link for tickets: http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/schedule/index.jsp?c_id=cws&m=6&y=2006

Though the Sox are defending their first title since 1917, there should still be some tickets available for many of these games. The Pale Hose play on the city's South Side at U.S. Cellular Field (nee Comiskey Park). The park can be accessed from the Red Line, and there is ample parking if you drive.

Those hoping to go to the North Side to see historic Wrigley Field won't be out of luck even though the Cubs are out of town. The Cubs offer tours of the world-famous ballpark during road trips. There will be a tour on June 10. Tour tickets are $20, and should be purchased in advance. http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/chc/ballpark/wrigley_field_tours.jsp

For those interested in doing genealogical research on old baseball players, the following site is an excellent resource: http://www.thedeadballera.com/
Among other features, it gives a listing of the final resting places of several deceased stars of baseball's past.

Thanks to Alex Hickey of Freeport's The Journal-Standard for this baseball piece.


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