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Chicago’s Poor and Baseball at the Turn of the Century

The Chicago of the mid-1800s that prided itself on its cleanliness and relatively high standard of living for its poor had disappeared by the turn of the century. Connecting the East, South, and West, Chicago rapidly bloomed due to the expansion of the railroad, its population growing from 360,000 in the 1880s to 1.7 million […]

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American Baseball Continues To Mirror Its Home

Seemingly every winter, we are inundated with stories and curiosity about how the free agent market has developed. With this one being particularly slow, and involving a rather unimpressive crop of free agents, there has been amazement at just how little is going on. We have seen the GM Meetings and Winter meetings pass, and […]

MLB: Game One-St. Louis Cardinals at Chicago Cubs

Let Us Not Forget Jonathan Herrera

These days, you’d be forgiven for mistaking the Cubs’ bench for a passable major-league team. When Manager Joe Maddon stacks the lineup with lefties, Jorge Soler (.264 TAv), Javier Baez (.282), Austin Jackson (.198), Starlin Castro (.240), Matt Szczur (.231) and Chris Denorfia (.243) find themselves manning┬áthe bench. And when righties are needed on the […]