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The first 57hits podcast episode

Here is the very first podcast episode for 57hits.com. I talk about why Andre Dawson left the Cubs after the 1992 season. After barraging my friend, Abhay, for 23 minutes on instant messenger about Andre Dawson in 1992, he finally said, “Have you thought about starting a podcast just talking baseball?” Shaking my head, I […]

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The ironic 2017 Cubs All-Star hat

Three years later, the 2017 Cubs All-Star hat is so tempting to get. What a handsome-looking cap. The blue is a lighter tint than the normal Cubs royal blue. The heathered blue texture is nice. The gold stitching looks really nice on the blue. Great attention to detail on the vent holes as stars. Even […]

1987 Topps assorted pile

The late 80s and early 90s were a golden era of baseball cards

After reading this article, I’m convinced that the 10-year period of the late 80s and early 90s really is a golden era of baseball cards. People think of it as a junk era. But this era is about the collectors. Soooo many collectors, because there were so many cards. Really. There is no other time […]

Meisterschaft zum ersten Mal in einhundertacht Jahren

Chicago Cubs 2020 alternate slogan

With all this talk about stripping the Astros of their championship, thankfully there as been no talk of stripping the 2016 Cubs of their World Series championship. That’s right. NOBODY STRIPS THE 2016 CUBS OF THEIR CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ONE IN 108 YEARS Or in German: Meisterschaft zum ersten Mal in einhundertacht Jahren As the German […]

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57hits.com is now restored

Almost all the content on 57hits.com was deleted. Many of the blog posts had just a few sentences trimmed at the end of the blog post, so I didn’t notice it for 11 months. But my most favorite series of posts, the Chicago Cubs World Series scorecards, got hit the hardest. Ten posts detailing all […]

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Finding Steve Stone’s sweater for the Kerry Wood 20-strikeout game

The sweater that Steve Stone wore while announcing Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game on May 6, 1998. I want that sweater. Maybe. Just maybe if I do a reverse Google image search, it might come up. Initially, these are the results. Ok, that’s kinda cool. But these are not sweaters. Google automatically added the search term […]

Back of 2015 Topps Update #US175 - Edinson Volquez

Mailing a baseball card as a postcard

Take a baseball card, write a postal address on it and slap on a stamp. Will it mail? Inspiration struck me today to try mailing a baseball card like a postcard. A bunch of loose opened baseball packs are stuffed in my desk drawer at home. Shuffling through the cards, I tried to find one […]

2016 Bowman Draft BD-108 Alex Call Phillippians 4:13

Your one baseball card

What would you do if were a minor league prospect, and Topps produced only one card of you? It would be fun to go around trying to autograph every one of those cards in existence. Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, White Sox prospect Alex Call currently has one baseball card—2016 Bowman […]

Email from Prudential Plaza about the Cubs Postseason Rally

Cubs postseason rally in Prudential lobby from 5am to 6pm

670 AM Score’s offices are in my building at the Prudential Plaza. Today they doing a Cubs postseason rally in the lobby from 5am to 6pm. Today I’ll live-blog this show throughout the day. And I’ll tweet the updates on Twitter. 8:45am I walked in this morning and Ron Coomer was doing a show, sitting […]

Cubs podcast no longer updating as of March 2018

14 MLB teams stopped updating their official team podcast since March.

The Chicago Cubs official podcast was great. The official Cubs beat reporter, Carrie Muskat, would give great insight into the team. They aren’t super long—just 7 to 15 minutes. The perfect length. Most other Cubs podcasts are too long. The hosts end up chatting and bla bla BLA BLA. Carrie got to the point. But […]

Chicago Dogs uniform design 2018

Chicago Dogs uniform design is a wiener

The Chicago Dogs released their uniform designs today. Folks, we have a wiener—as in WINNER. Thankfully, their home hat features just the hot dog logo. No baseball, no words. Back in August, I blogged about they should put just the hot dog on the hat. Does the entire logo belong on a baseball hat? I’m […]

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