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Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

St. Louis isn’t Springfield. Here you can always talk to the owner.

 Having attended baseball games for many decades, I was reminded last week of how different the game is from that first game I attended in 1955. On Memorial Day weekend along with my son, son-in-
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Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:00 am

The legendary Harry Caray

The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman, by Don Zminda. Bowman and Littlefield, 2019.A Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cub and St. Louis Cardinal fan walk into a bar. They cannot agree on
Summerguide
Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:00 am
 “You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark” was the trademark mantra of legendary announcer Harry Caray. While Harry was correct, the modern problem is one of affording fun at the ballpark. T
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Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

A new biography of Ernie Banks is a great way to start the season

“They’re all beautiful days Buck. It’s just that some are more beautiful than others.” –Ernie BanksThe true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano. It is the
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Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 12:00 am
 THE BREAKAWAY: The Inside Story of the Wirtz Family Business and the Chicago Blackhawks, by Bryan Smith. Northwestern University Press, 2018.To be a fan of a Chicago professional sports team is
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Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 12:00 am

How a smart Springfield lawyer saved Peachy Harrison from the gallows

 Were Abraham Lincoln to somehow miraculously reappear on the streets of Springfield this week, there would be a great deal that he might recognize. He could walk to his home on Eighth Street whe
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Thursday, March 22, 2018 12:00 am

The most famous man on the planet, he stayed in the ring too long.

 Muhammed Ali died in 2016 at the age of 74. Upon his death, President Barack Obama eulogized him with the observation that, “He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke up
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Thursday, June 15, 2017 12:00 am
Deep into his new novel, Testimony, author Scott Turow makes a prescient observation about trial lawyers through the thoughts of his protagonist, Willian ten Boom. “The truth is that every effective

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