William Wrigley

Once Upon a Time, When the Cubs were Bought by a Family

The Ricketts Family owns the Cubs. That sentence has a certain lasting ring to it. We've all followed the travails of how the Cubs ownership has transitioned from the now bankrupt Tribune company and was midwived through the gnarly fingers of real estate magnate Sam Zell, finally getting delivered into our proud new Papa's (Tom Ricketts) loving grasp. To celebrate this rite of passage, I decided to learn more about the events that took place over 90 years ago when the last dynastic family came into control of our Chicago National League franchise.

Sherman, set the Wayback Machine to 1916.

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  • Totally agree with that re Soler, whereas Bryant seems to get the close call (so far) this year.

    Good to see Baez get a couple knocks today - been awhile

    Eric S 18 sec ago view
  • that works too...there wasnt a good CSN replay...was going off whatever len or jd (dont remember) said.

    crunch 5 min 33 sec ago view
  • I was there. From what I saw it was upper third of the scoreboard

    The E-Man 8 min 49 sec ago view
  • No I have been thinking actually that he seems to lead the Cubs with balls called strikes all year. He really shouldn't be expanding his zone to swing at many of those either because it wouldn't lead to anything good. He's seeing the ball well though so hopefully it'll even out.

    johann 1 hour 6 min ago view
  • So why don't the umps like Soler, or am I just imagining it?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 18 min ago view
  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 3 hours 29 min ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 4 hours 9 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 4 hours 10 min ago view
  • ROSS #100!

    cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.

    crunch 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • Just noticed that Baez's current walk-up song is "Informer" by Snow. Dear God. That's world class bad.

    misterwhipple 4 hours 30 min ago view
  • SOLER POWER!

    crunch 4 hours 37 min ago view
  • Hey Lester is left handed!

    johann 5 hours 30 min ago view
  • Probably a good idea to give Rizz a couple of days off (slumps happen to the best -- Harper just broke a 4-for-33 with a HR yesterday). Never been a big fan of an all-RH lineup. The pitcher has the same look and same target for every hitter. At least, as a mediocre HS pitcher, facing a mixture of LH/RH hitters messed me up. A lack of talent and weak-ass stuff may have also been contributing factors.

    billybucks 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • Would you say Brooks doesn't have any upside going forward? Seems like he could be one of those hybrid starter reliever types maddon seems to like having in his bullpen. But I haven't seen a ton of him, and he got hit around pretty good last year in mlb

    Koyies Bansaw 5 hours 57 min ago view