Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A letter from 1954

Jerry Pritikin is known to die-hard Cubs fans as the Bleacher Preacher. In 1947, he attended the first game Jackie Robinson played at Wrigley. (That game is featured today in "Tales from a Bad Century.") Jerry's memory of that day? "A lot of people brought binoculars to get a good glimpse of him."

In 1954 Jerry wrote a letter to the Cubs asking if they would ever get a Japanese player. Just read the letter they wrote back to him and you'll get a good insight into what the times were like. Remember, 1954 was the first full season that Ernie Banks played with the Cubs.

If you click on the letter you can read a larger version of it.