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Chicago Baseball Museum Veeck Event a Home Run

September 21, 2012 @ No Comments

The Chicago Baseball Museum fielded an all-star lineup for its “Veeck Symposium” on Thursday (Sept. 20) at the Chicago History Museum. Batting leadoff on a panel session to discuss Bill Veeck and his father William was former Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause (he works for the Arizona Diamondbacks and has worked for several other big-league teams). Also in the group were former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist Ron Rapoport, former White Sox player Eric Soderholm, civil rights historian Dr. Timuel Black and Paul Dickson, author of Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick.

Arghhhh! Stacy Stengel has gone from competitor to show promoter.

Tom Shaer was the emcee for the event with notables in the audience including Nancy Faust (who provided musical entertainment during cocktail hour with her trademark organ-playing), Chicago media mavens Mike Leiderman, Dan Dorfman and George Castle, former Negro League player Al Spearman, Ronnie Woo Woo (attired in his Cubs uniform); and Pat Brickhouse, public-relations/marketing whiz and widow of legendary Chicago broadcaster Jack Brickhouse. Apologies to those– such as Lois Gerber – not mentioned in this space.

During a post-panel question-and-answer session, Pat revealed Jack had put together a group that included businessman Lester Crown to help Veeck raise sufficient funds to keep the White Sox afloat.

CBM president Dr. David Fletcher closed the evening by expressing thanks to the panel participants, the folks who helped with putting together the event and the folks who attended it. All in all, it was an enjoyable evening and time well-spent.

Some video from the panel session:


Wynne Lacey

Another edition of “Sports & Torts” co-hosted by David Spada and Elliott Harris is in the archives, where it is available on podcast. The highly acclaimed weekly interview program (well, it’s highly acclaimed in the Spada and Harris households and rumor has it other places, too) that airs live Thursdays at noon Chicago time on enjohyed having Chicago Blackhawks Ice Crew director Wynne Lacey — who also is heading the entertainment squad for the new Chicago Soul indoor soccer team — was an in-studio guest.

Also on the show were former football stars Tony Dorsett and Dermontti Dawson, both in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. To check out the Sept. 20 program, you can click here.


The 2012 Midwest Championships (figure, fitness, bikini, model and more) will be Saturday at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. (1200 W. Algonquin Rd.). Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. with finals scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Stacy Stengel is the show’s promoter.

Here is some video from the 2010 event. Any complaints about any lack of timeliness may be directed to this site’s complaint department. Oh, wait. It just recently was closed because of a lack of complaints. If you want, you can complain about that, too. But it’s a bit unclear what to do with such complaints (although at least one of us can tell you what you can do with any and all complaints):


How about a random Patricia Kara video?


OK, and how about a random Playboy Amateurs video with Rebecca Carter? Feel free not to view if it doesn’t appeal to you (although some of us can’t think of a reason that that would occur):


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