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‘Now That’s A Book I’d Read’ – Book #6 – ‘My Windy City’

This book is the 6th book in this new feature at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Title – ‘My Windy City’

Synopsis – Here are the tales from the guys that played for both major league baseball teams in Chicago. 

Jacket  Content – Chicago is a legendary city in the United States.  Known for it’s beautiful skyline, it’s stuffed pizza, and of course it’s baseball teams. 

The Cubs and White Sox are two of the most legendary teams in the major leagues.  And while sharing the same city, their fans and history are certainly different.  From the ‘Bleacher Bums’ at Wrigley Field to the ‘White Collar Fans’ from Comiskey Park, each group is fiercely loyal to their club, and their passion never crosses to the other side of the city.

In this book we will share the stories of the players that suited up for both teams.  We’ll hear their tales about their involvement with these very clearly different fans.  We’ll also get to hear some stories about their experiences in 2 of the most legendary baseball stadiums ever built.  While writing this book, one thing was certain – these players love the city of Chicago and were very eager to speak with us about the city and how it felt to play for these two franchises during their professional careers.

Chapters

1- Paul Assenmacher : Cubs(1989-93) White Sox (1994)

2 – George Bell : Cubs(1991) White Sox(1992-93)

3 – Bobby Bonds : (1981) White Sox(1978)

4 – Tom Gordon : Cubs(2001-02) White Sox(2003)

5 – Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage : Cubs(1988) White Sox(1972-76)

6 – Ken Henderson : Cubs(1979-80) White Sox(1973-75)

7 – Lance Johnson : Cubs(1997-99) White Sox(1988-95)

8 – Don Larsen : Cubs(1967) White Sox(1961)

9 – Vance Law : Cubs(1988-89) White Sox(1982-84)

10 – Kenny Lofton : Cubs(2003) White Sox (2002)

11 – Scott Sanderson : Cubs(1984-89) White Sox(1994)

12 – Ron Santo : Cubs(1960-73) White Sox(1974)

13 – Steve Stone : Cubs(1974-76) White Sox(1973-78)

14 – Kevin Tapani : Cubs(1997-2001) White Sox(1996)

15 – Jose Vizcaino : Cubs(2009) White Sox(2005)

16 – Hoyt Wilhelm : Cubs(1970) White Sox(1963-68)

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Ticket Stub #10 – Cardinals vs. Cubs – 10/05/1991

 Ticket Stub #10 – Cardinals vs. Cubs – 10/05/1991

Wrigley Field – Chicago, IL

Cubs 3, Cardinals 2

This was my first game at the legendary Wrigley Field.  I had wanted to go there ever since we moved to Chicago 2 years prior, but the Cubs were an extremely hot ticket.  Luckily I got my chance to visit and enjoy a game at one of the most legendary ballparks in all of the sports!!

The Cubs line-up was stacked with offensive superstars!!!  Players like Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, and Mark Grace stabilized an extremely talented offense.   I was thrilled to finally see these guys play in person after watching them on television religiously for the last few seasons.

The Cardinals roster was loaded with some pretty talented players too.  Led by perennial All-Star Ozzie Smith, this team included Pedro Guerrero, Todd Zeile, and Ray Lankford.

St. Louis Cardinals AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Lankford 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.249  
Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.285  
Alicea 2 0 1 0 1 1 0.200  
Jose 4 0 1 0 0 0 0.306  
Guerrero 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.274  
Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Zeile 3 1 2 0 1 0 0.280  
Thompson 4 0 0 0 0 1 0.308  
Pagnozzi 3 0 1 1 1 0 0.264  
Jones 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.176  
Wilson 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.171  
Hill 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.100  
Perry 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.238  
                 
Chicago Cubs AB R H RBI BB SO BA NOTES
Walker 4 0 1 0 0 2 0.257  
Grace 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.272  
Sandberg 3 1 0 0 1 0 0.289  
Dawson 3 0 1 0 1 1 0.270  
Villanueava 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.275  
May 4 1 2 0 0 0 0.250  
Walton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.219  
Salazar 4 0 1 1 0 0 0.258  
Vizcaino 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.262  
Dunston 3 1 1 0 0 0 0.260  
Lancaster 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.179  
Smith 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.232  
Perez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000  
Wilkins 1 0 1 1 0 0 0.224  
McElroy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.300  
Scanlan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.042  

 Hall of Famers in this game – Ozzie Smith, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson(???)