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Percentage of Major League African-American Players Has Fallen Drastically

Jimmie Lee Solomon | Posted 05.07.2014 | Sports
Jimmie Lee Solomon

In the last three decades, the deluge of African-American players into the Major Leagues has gone from a flood to a trickle. From the height in the mid 1970s, the numbers have dwindled down to a paltry 8.5 percent.

Let's Play Two! What We Can Learn from Ernie Banks

Ken Reed | Posted 04.08.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

Ernie Banks' positive attitude was infectious. He learned that he could make everyone around him smile, and a lot more comfortable, by creating his own weather.

WATCH: Cubs Legend Awarded Medal Of Freedom

Posted 11.20.2013 | Chicago

Legendary Chicago Cub Ernie Banks was honored Wednesday at the White House with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor...

What Does Carlos Beltran's Great Post-Season Play Mean?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.09.2013 | Sports
Lincoln Mitchell

Beltran's post-season credentials are a product of his strong play, but also of the era in which he played. When baseball moved to the expanded playoff system following the 1993 season, it pro-actively sought to change how its past is viewed.

Oprah Winfrey, Civil Rights Activists & Baseball Legend To Receive Presidential Award

Posted 08.09.2013 | Black Voices

Civil Rights activists Bayard Rustin and Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, legendary baseball player Ernie Banks and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, are amo...

Race in Baseball: A Fan's Journey From Ebbets to Wrigley

David Protess | Posted 06.17.2013 | Chicago
David Protess

The pregame ritual happened every spring between 1951 and 1956. I bounded down the stairs of my family's two-flat in Brooklyn, a leather mitt covering my left hand, and excitedly knocked on my grandparents' door. Ready to go, Pop?

WATCH: Cubs Release "It Gets Better" Video

Posted 08.20.2011 | Chicago

Following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants, the Chicago Cubs Monday became the second professional sports team to join the "It Gets Better...

Integrating Openly Gay Soldiers Into the Military Depends on Sports

Hudson Taylor | Posted 06.20.2011 | New York
Hudson Taylor

With the high rates of athletes who enter military service, sports have the potential to prepare straight recruits with positive attitudes toward gay and lesbian teammates.

PHOTOS: Chicago Remembers Ron Santo

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Ron Santo's love for the Chicago Cubs stretched from his days as a standout third baseman who one season even jumped and clicked his heels to celebrat...

Stanley Cup Will Be In Chicago's Gay Pride Parade, Cubs To Have A Float As Well

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Blackhawks have been bringing their recently-won Stanley Cup everywhere--and on Sunday, it will be rushed from the NHL draft in Los Angele...

Essie Banks, Mother Of Baseball Legend Ernie Banks, Dies At 97

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Essie Banks, the mother of baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, is dead at age 97. Mrs. Banks died Monday of complications from a stro...

Cubs Lose, Cubs Lose, Cubs Lose!

Monroe Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Monroe Anderson

Although I've lived less than two miles from Wrigley Field for more than 30 years, I've never been much of a Cubs fan for three reasons.

This Was Our Year

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Brett Ashley McKenzie

You can lose Game One and still come back. You can lose Game Two and still come back. But not if you play to lose. Not if those "Not again" fears drown out the optimism.

Big Z Makes History: Where Were You?

Jon Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jon Greenberg

Carlos Zambrano represents Chicago better than any scrappy white infielder, mustache-sporting coach or well-muscled, child-rearing middle linebacker.