The weeks that Hawk Harrelson traded Bobby Bonilla, Mark Buerhle threw a perfect game and Bryce Harper signed a baseball for a girl

Well, here's a baseball story I didn't know, from the Chicago Sun-Times ...
In 1986, Hawk Harrelson made two moves that solidified his broadcasting career.

Serving as White Sox general manager, Harrelson dumped manager Tony La Russa mid-season. Then on July 23, 1986, with the White Sox eight games under .500 and the trade deadline nearing, Hawkeroo traded 23-year-old Bobby Bonilla to the Pirates for pitcher Jose DeLeon.

Bonilla went on to be a seven-time All Star, played in six postseasons and won a World Series ring.

DeLeon, coming off a major-league leading 19-loss season, was 15-17 in a year and a half on the South Side before being traded to the Cardinals, where he quickly turned it around, going 13-10 and 16-12.

La Russa, meanwhile, went on to win six pennants and three World Series titles and is enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
I've never been a fan of Hawk and find his broadcast style terribly grating. But I'll give him some credit for his memorable call of Mark Buerhle's perfect came, which it turns out, happened 23 years to the day of the infamous trade. ... I still remember missing the game that afternoon but indulging in the glorious highlights.

Then, there's this thing that Bryce Harper did for a teenage girl who held a sign that asked him to her prom. Her reaction is priceless.


OMI Soars With ‘Cheerleader’ Remix and Aims to Keep Riding High

Here it is, folks. This is my song of the summer.
The song has topped the worldwide charts of iTunes (No. 1 in 55 markets), Shazam (11.3 million identifications) and Spotify (300 million plays), and has more than 230 million combined views on YouTube. On Tuesday, as the song hit No. 1 in the United States.
I like it far better than anything else I've heard this summer. ... And it came out of nowhere. Heck, this song was initially released in 2012!

And this is my other favorite song of the summer. I'm really digging the stuff I hear from Echosmith.


Rare Eastland disaster photos discovered in Tribune basement

The Eastland disaster is a well-known part of Chicago history. So I was as interested as any American history buff to read today that a treasure-trove of never-before-published photos from the disaster were discovered in the Chicago Tribune archives.
Many of these photographs have never before been published. They add fresh, striking perspectives to that fateful day as the 100th anniversary of the Eastland disaster approaches. They also provide a unique glimpse into the world of newspaper photography at a time when images of breaking news or action were rare. In 1915, and for nearly 20 years afterward, daily newspapers mostly relied on text, sketches or posed photographs because cameras and the process of taking, producing and printing photographs was limited, time-consuming and costly.
What a find.

Check out the links, including this wonderful short doc about the disaster and the Tribune's find.


We got some rain, and some more rain last night.

It started shortly after we got the girls to bed ... and it. just. kept coming. 

Once again, there's a lot of people clearing water from their basements today, and I thank God we don't have that problem.