Baseball

The hit movie that resurrected the memory of the Rockford Peaches is 25 and it still inspires.

The Illinois man who shot a Republican congressman and several other people while they practiced baseball outside the nation's capital had a number of run-ins with police in recent years, including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving.

A new exhibit at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will explore the state's connections to baseball, from Little League to the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox.

Minor league baseball players are suing Major League Baseball, claiming unfair pay. But a new proposal in Illinois would protect independent leagues from a similar lawsuit.

The state’s minimum wage law applies to most workers, but there are a few exceptions: farm hands, children of small business owners, and outdoor salesmen to name a few.

Rich Sauget is the owner of the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league team in the East St. Louis area. He wants his players, coaches, and trainers to be added to that list.

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Fans of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs don't always see eye to eye.  But they can agree the rivalry is one of the best in sports. Illinois Public Radio’s Sean Crawford tells us it will be on display in Springfield.

The Cubs versus Cardinals Rivalry exhibit will start March 24 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield.  It will run throughout the year.

The Baseball Hall of Fame is launching a nationwide tour with the Quad Cities as its first stop. The "We Are Baseball" Tour opened in Davenport Sunday. 

Illinois political leaders’ performance on the budget is reminiscent of the losingest team in modern baseball. 

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University of Illinois History Professor Adrian Burgos says baseball became a true passion early in life. And through his own family and love for the game, Burgos learned about the role Latinos have played since the sport’s inception. Burgos was born just blocks from New York’s Yankee Stadium… and after moving to Florida, he lived near Little Yankee Stadium, the team’s former spring training home. 

An appeals court in Chicago says a one-man publisher can sell his baseball magazine on a sidewalk just outside Wrigley Field after all. 

Former Cub Doug Glanville talks ball

Oct 16, 2015
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The Chicago Cubs have reached the National League Champion Series for the first time in a dozen years.  That 2003 team… which fell short in reaching the World Series included utility outfielder Doug Glanville, who also started his career with the Cubs.  

Is This Finally The Year For The Cubs?

Oct 7, 2015
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The Chicago Cubs are in the Major League Baseball playoffs for the first time since 2008.  Illinois Public Radio's Brian Moline spoke to Brett Taylor from the Cubs website Bleacher Nation about their chances in tonight's wildcard game.

Documents submitted to the Internal Revenue Service show that Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team accepted over $300,000 in donations before Little League International stripped the team of its 2014 title.

The public is invited to attend Bradley's final practice at Dozer Park before the Braves head to Louisville for the weekend's NCAA Baseball Regional.

Cook County property tax records show that an entity controlled by the owner of the Chicago Cubs has purchased three more rooftop buildings next to Wrigley Field. 

South Side Little League Team To Play in Williamsport

Aug 12, 2014

For the first time in more than 30 years, a Little League team from Chicago will take the field in the Little League World Series this week. The Jackie Robinson West Little League All-Stars beat a team from southern Indiana over the weekend to earn the Great Lakes Region’s slot in the series. 

Rocky Vonachen talks Maddux, Hall of Fame

Jan 8, 2014

2013 was one of the worst seasons in Chicago baseball history, but fans now have reason to celebrate. Pitcher and former Cub Greg Maddux and longtime White Sox slugger Frank Thomas were both elected Wednesday to Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame, along with pitcher Tom Glavine, Maddux’s teammate with the Atlanta Braves.

Chief's look to fans for hot dogs picks

Mar 5, 2013

Peoria Chief’s opening day is less than a month away, despite today’s wintry conditions across Central Illinois. This year game-goers will be able to experience three new hot-dog options. Rocky Vonachen is the president of the Peoria Chief’s. He says fans can vote online for their favorite loaded hot dog.