Friday, April 16, 2010

Burt Hooten

On this day in 1972, Cubs pitcher Burt Hooton threw a no-hitter in one of his first career starts. I remember watching that game (Channel 9) on my parent's black and white basement television. I was nine years old at the time.

I didn't know it then, but I have since discovered that before he came to the Cubs, Burt Hooten was a big star at the University of Texas.

After searching for two years I've been unable to come up with any video of his no-hitter, but lookee here, there is a video about his college days at Texas.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Jackie Robinson

On this day in 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier when he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

How did the Cubs react when they played him a few weeks later? Not well.

That story is here.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

They're everywhere, they're everywhere!

I was tuning around the radio dial yesterday, and the same people kept showing up: Tom Ricketts and his siblings. Then, during the game, they showed up on the TV broadcast singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and hung out with Len & Bob.

Melissa Isaacson has more on the Ricketts' busy day.

I know I'm just one person, but I'm thrilled that the Cubs have such hands-on owners now. That could only mean good things for the future.

On the other hand, I heard they hired a team psychologist. Let's hope that's not a bad omen, because P.K. Wrigley did the same thing back in 1938.