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Johnny Evers: A Baseball Life

By Paul Hagen /

Johnny Evers: A Baseball LifeExcept for a few rhyming lines dashed off by a long-ago sportswriter, second baseman Johnny Evers might be like most other Hall of Fame players from the early 20th century: Great then, largely unknown now.

The ode to the Cubs’ double-play combination of the day, Tinker to Evers to Chance, immortalized the trio. Shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance are also enshrined in Cooperstown. But this has been a double-edged sword. It’s nice to be remembered. Evers thanked the author, Franklin P. Adams, when they met for the first time in 1937, for writing something that kept his baseball career alive. “I owe you a debt of lasting gratitude for keeping my name before the public all these years,” the former player said. “I’d have been forgotten long ago if it were not for [the poem].”

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A Century of Wrigley Field

By Paul Hagen /

300x235_wrigley100bookWrigley Field is baseball’s most cherished ballpark. Just try to disagree.

There may be diverse opinions on which venue is the best — Boston’s Fenway Park has claimed for itself the distinction of most beloved. But the old yard at Clark and Addison on Chicago’s North Side, where baseball has been played since 1914, still stands apart.

Just in time for the centennial season comes “A Century of Wrigley Field: The Official History of the Friendly Confines.” Published by Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs, it’s a coffee-table volume that will delight the believers and persuade those who don’t get it yet.

Naturally, there are hundreds of spectacular photographs — all pulled together by the narrative written by veteran Chicago journalist Alan Solomon. It would be hard to imagine a more fitting author. When he was eight, Solomon got his first baseball glove. It was a Hank Sauer — the 1952 National League MVP Award winner with the Cubs — model, which he still has. He was also a vendor at Wrigley, Comiskey Park and Soldier Field to help pay his way through college — and covered the Cubs and White Sox for the Chicago Tribune from 1988 through 1994.

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