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My Dad, the Cubs and Me

Posted by Michael Hanns on Sunday, October 30, 2011,

October 27, 2004 is a date that is ingrained in my memory, not just because it was the day the Boston Red Sox broke the supposed "curse" by winning the World Series. It was the day my father passed away. Those 2 events are not totally unrelated, though. I became a Cubs fan because of my father. It was the one thing we had in common. We were very different in most ways. He was a bus mechanic and loved working with his hands, while I have always been somewhat mechanically challenged. He prefe...


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Sept. 2, 1972: Me, Milt Pappas and the last Almost Perfect Day

Posted by Michael Hanns on Friday, September 2, 2011,
left, Fanzone, sans trumpet, right, Milt Pappas
Me, circa 1972
On September 2, 1972, Milt Pappas no-hit the San Diego Padres 8-0 and came within a strike of a perfect game. I was lucky enough to be at that game with my family. I was 13 years old and had been a Cubs fan for 3 years. My dad was a huge fan and that got me interested. That was one thing I had in common with my dad. He worked as a bus mechanic at Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois and he also drove a bus for weekend field trips...

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Book: The Original Curse by Sean Devaney

Posted by Michael Hanns on Tuesday, May 10, 2011,
Did the 1918 Cubs throw the World Series? And is there a curse connected to it?

In 1918, the Cubs played the Boston Red Sox in the World Series to cap off a tumultuous war-torn season that left baseballs future in real doubt. It was a series the Cubs lost in ragged fashion. Even though the Red Sox won, it would be 86 more years before they won again and the Cubs are still looking for another championship.
In Sean Devaneys new book, he suggests that the Cubs may have thrown the Series and that m...

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BOOKS: Fred Merkle:Public Bonehead, Private Hero

Posted by Michael Hanns on Friday, March 4, 2011,
From time to time I want to spotlight books that might be of interest to Cubs fans, especially books of historical interest. This week, I want to discuss a new book about the key figure in what is probaly the most famous game in the history of the Chicago Cubs, played on September 23, 1908. This book is called "Fred Merkle:Public Bonehead, Private Hero" written by Mike Cameron, in which he tries to humanize a long misunderstood player. Its a very fascinating read, and while its a little flawe...
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