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Hear Harry Caray call the final out of the World Series

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He loved the Chicago Cubs. He loved Budweiser. To the point he proclaimed himself "Cubs Fan Bud Man".  And...

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Doc Watson: For the Cubs, but a Cleveland title wouldn't be all bad

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series logoWhile watching the Cubs-Indians opening World Series...

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Frizzi: Steroid Era reaches the Hall of Fame

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mcgwireRecent events in Major League Baseball made me remember a time in...

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The most and least expensive ballparks are...

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Partnership with Louisville Slugger brings sports complex to the plate

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In 14-plus years running Eastside Center in East Peoria, Dan Cunningham has learned what it takes to stage top-notch softball tournaments to a multi-field complex that draw teams from all over the state and region.

That expertise landed him a new job starting the first of the year. As director of the Louisville Slugger Sports Complex planned for Peoria's northwest corner, Cunningham will oversee construction of the 10-field, indoor-outdoor...

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FrizziToons: About that Wrigley Field work...

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PEORIAN GORDON CONFINES

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Griffith: Baseball post season predictions

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The 2013 regular season ended with a bang! While the playoff picture was essentially set, there were two races of vital importance that finished yesterday. The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves battled until the last day of the season to determine which team would have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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New exhibit: Dieselettes get their turn to shine

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anotherlettesTo Pepper Kerwin, her career in softball seemed like it was broken up into bits and pieces. Seeing it all brought together in one exhibit made it quite a different story.

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Frizzi: Caught in a baseball vortex

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When I first moved to Peoria in 1992, the first question I was this:

"Are you a Cardinal fan or a Cub fan?"

Being a huge baseball fan and this being my second stint in the Midwest, I knew that Peoria was smack dab in the middle of the St.Louis - Chicago route. I also knew that the Card-Cub rivalry was as legendary and as intense at the one involving the Hatfields and McCoys.

So, I cleared my throat and smiled, looked the...

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New media forum for athletes has launched

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players tribuneThe Players' Tribune, a first-of-its-kind digital media company, founded by Derek Jeter,...

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Griffith: Playoff dreams commence!

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In about a week's time, something remarkable is going to happen in America.

No, I'm not talking about the implementation of Obamacare. I'm not allowed to write about politics.

playoffsAs the leaves begin to change colors, so does the water in the public fountains of baseball cities across this country in support of the hometown team. The weather gets cold,...

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A look at the World Series cities

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world series logoHere is a snapshot from the U.S. Census Bureau of the two cities whose teams are playing in the 2014 World Series, Kansas City and San Francisco.

 

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Baseball superstitions: Got a Pirates shirt I could borrow?

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For as long as baseball has been America's pastime, the men who have played the game have carried with them several superstitions, that for whatever reason, helped them play to the best of their ability.

We have all noticed some of these quirks with players on our favorite teams. Skip Schumaker has to step out of the batters box after every pitch to adjust his batting gloves. Some players have to eat a specific meal before every game....

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Frizzi: The first time I heard Spanish

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MOTA-CLEMENTEThe past few months have seen the 50th anniversary of two of the most incredible...

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The NL Central race: Three teams could be playoff bound

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cardspiratesNormally this time of year I would say something about how the temperatures have begun to moderate and the feel of the brisk autumn air is creeping in to major league ballparks across America. However, as the temperatures in the Midwest heat up, so does the pennant race in the NL Central.

One month ago it appeared as if the Cardinals were going to...

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Griffith: Congrats, Albert! Cardinal fans salute you

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albertIn the winter of 2011, for the first time in my life, I hated someone.

As a Cardinals fan, it was my duty to hate that man. After leading the Redbirds to the franchise’s 11th World Championship, El Hombre, Albert Pujols galloped out of the Gateway City for greener pastures in Anaheim.

I took for granted the 11 years of memories...

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Griffith: Patience is a virtue, Cubs fans

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If you are a Cubs fan, congratulations, you are one of the most virtuous people to ever walk the face of this earth.

But fear not, you lovable loser loyal, good times are on the way. Over the course of the Ricketts, good things have started to happen. Soon you will be basking in the glow of the World Series trophy.

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Griffith: Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie... Memories

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birdsonbatI believe I was 9 or 10 years old when I attended my first baseball game. It was a night game, Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee Brewers (Milwaukee was still an American League team) at Comiskey Park.

While I don't remember every pitch, or who batted first, many memories remain from that night. A friend of my parents got us tickets. The dads were taking...

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Pete Vonachen has died

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Pete Vonachen, arguably the biggest name ever to don a Peoria Chiefs cap, died Monday morning. He was 87.

Vonachen, who had been ill for several years with complications from diabetes that left him wheelchair bound, was known here as "Peoria's Mr. Baseball" for bringing the professional game back into prominence in the city and being most instrumental in ensuring it stayed.

His death came only a day after the Chiefs' vice president...

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Frizzi: SPRING, BATTER, BATTER, BATTER, BATTER! SPR-IIIING!

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bud2February 28, 2014

With apologies to Alfred, Lord Tennyson and my cousin, Carolyn Lindsay:

“In the spring...

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Dozer Park christened

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It is rather common in Peoria to see Caterpillar Inc. earthmovers parked in spots other than construction sites. But on the concourse of a baseball stadium?

dozer2Why sure, when that stadium is called Dozer Park in honor of the earthmoving equipment that made Caterpillar the world's top manufacturer of heavy machinery.

Bulldozers, which these days are called...

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