Note: This page is updated (as of March 24, 2013), on my Chicago Cubs website. See http://WrigleyIvy.com. My Chicago Cubs research had grown so much that I decided it needed its own website. I hope you like it.
By the way, Jim Groom of UMW’s Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies interviewed me on September 10, 2013 (the 106th episode of DTLT Today), and we talked about my research and writing and how http://jackbales.com and http://wrigleyivy.com got started.
Since about 2009 I’ve been doing some reading, research, and writing on the Chicago Cubs. Mouseover the above tab to read about it all (various sub-categories are under the “Every Three Years” section). Click on photographs to enlarge them.
In the fall of 2011, I filled the UMW Library’s display cases with some of my research material. (Right): That’s the Cubs’ 1929 “Murderers’ Row” on the top shelf, left, followed by a wire photo of managers Connie Mack (Philadelphia Athletics) and Joe McCarthy (Cubs) shaking hands before the 1929 World Series. Below that is a replica of the 1909 Cubs road uniform.
(Left): This issue of Newsweek (top shelf, right) features a cover story on the 1938 World Series. To its right is a photo of Gabby Hartnett right after he hit his famous homer in the gloamin‘ on September 28, 1938. In the display cases I also explored other significant events and ballplayers’ careers. The December 2011 issue of Vine Line, the Chicago Cubs magazine, included photographs of my exhibit.
By the way, I hasten to add that I have no athletic talent at all, but when my brothers and sisters and I were growing up in Aurora, Illinois, we played catch or softball. In the photo below, from left to right, are Bill, Dick, and me wearing our Cubs t-shirts (with our father’s Renault in the background).