• EveryCubEver

    Every Cub Ever (J)

    By Rick Kaempfer
    Jan 14th, 2015
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    Extra entries for the letter J…

    ~Walter Jacobson 1937 (Cubs fan 1945-present)
    Walter Jacobson caught the Cubs bug in 1945 when he was 8 years old listening to the World Series on the radio with his mother, and it soon entered his bloodstream. By the time he was ten years old, he was taking the “L” to the ballpark to watch his beloved team. When he was 15 he wrote a personal letter to Phillip K. Wrigley asking if he could become the batboy. Wrigley hired him, allowing him to work 11 hours a day for $1.50 a day. Mike Royko, who became Jacobson’s rival when they covered the same beat, used to make fun of Walter because he occasionally complained about those bat boy days; about players throwing underwear at him or making him chew tobacco until he vomited. But fellow Cub fan Royko was probably jealous. Those Cubs of the early 1950s were his heroes too. They say that being a reporter is in your blood. That may true, but for Walter Jacobson, his reporter blood is Cubbie Blue.

    Video and audio beginning with the letter J…

    Brett Jackson…

    This is a great special about Fergie, from his Cubs-hey day. Worth a view…

    Cubs fan Walter Jacobsen reporting a big story in Cubs history…

    13 Johnsons played for the Cubs. You know who would appreciate that? Mel Brooks…

    Jay Johnstone’s teammates loved him because he was such a jokester. Here’s an example…

    AUDIO: Sam Jones no-hitter

    Rick’s favorite baseball card beginning with J…

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