Chicago Cubs

April 30th, 2016

Ballparks And Organ Music — A Match Made In Chicago

The first time an organ was played at a baseball game wasn’t as long ago as you might think. Ballpark organists Josh Kantor, who plays for the Red Sox, and Bobby Cressey, organist for the Padres, share the unexpected history of music at the ballpark.

April 2nd, 2016

Leicester City Tops English Premier League, Thanks To Richard III?

King Richard III was reburied in March of 2015 in Leicester, England. Ever since then, Leicester’s soccer team has done remarkably well. Only A Game’s Karen Given explores the superstitious buzz surrounding Richard III and Leicester City.

February 24th, 2016

Why Does Vegas Love The Cubs?

During spring training, fans of every baseball team are inclined to be optimistic. This time around, Bill Littlefield is especially interested in fans of the Cubs.

In Depth
November 28th, 2015

The History — And Uncertain Future — Of The Jumbotron

There was a time before sports stadiums had Jumbotrons (and the obligatory “kiss cam” to go with them). Will there be a time after as well? SB Nation’s Mary Pilon joins Bill Littlefield to discuss the past, present and future of these giant video boards.

October 24th, 2015

3 Stories You Should Know: Cubs, Mets And Bicycle Helmets

Will the Chicago Cubs ever win the World Series? Did the New York Mets recruit a fictional baseball-great or is second baseman Daniel Murphy really just suddenly that good? And how might not requiring bike helmets actually make cycling safer? Rob Neyer and Rachel Bachman join Bill Littlefield.

Only A Blog
October 14th, 2015

Follow-Up: Can Sports Fandom Be Created From Nothing?

Remember our story about Jake Smith and his girlfriend, Susie? They’re the two Chicagoans who spent the 2015 MLB regular season trying to become baseball fans. With the Cubs advancing to the NLCS, we decided to follow up.

3 Stories You Should Know
September 26th, 2015

Beanball Retaliation, Cubs’ World Series Drought And Collegiate Boxing

Should pitchers be using fastballs as a form of retaliation? Would it be best for Chicago Cubs fans if their team didn’t end up winning the World Series…ever? And what’s making boxing more popular at universities around the country? Rachel Bachman and Craig Calcaterra join Bill Littlefield for this week’s “3 Stories You Should Know.”

September 19th, 2015

Can Sports Fandom Be Created From Nothing? An Experiment

Most sports fans choose their teams as kids. But what if you never followed sports growing up? Is it still possible to become a fan later in life? Independent producer Jake Smith spent the summer trying to become a White Sox supporter.

In Depth
May 16th, 2015

Teams Honoring The Military: Feel Good Moment … For Sale?

After reports that 14 NFL teams received money from the Department of Defense and National Guard for staging on-field tributes to soldiers and veterans, the U.S. House condemned “paid-for patriotism.” Michael Cygan is a veteran who was honored at a sporting event, and he joins Bill Littlefield to weigh in.

In Their Own Words
January 31st, 2015

‘Mr. Cub:’ One Newspaperman’s Encounter With Ernie Banks

Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks died last week. The passing of “Mr. Cub” offered Chicago Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg the opportunity to reflect on his own career.

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