Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, December 28, 2012

Berkow: The Mayor Of Wrigley Field And The Mysterious Disappearance Of 1952

The Ballad Of Ira Berkow…about a brazen young Cub fan you should remember well.

”You crazy?” shouted the younger boy. ”That’s Hank Sauer’s glove! Come back!” The older kid was flying, and then so did the younger boy.

The older boy was not a bad kid—he grew up to be a solid citizen—but temptation had got the best of him. Hank Sauer listened intently. ”I… I was the 12-year-old boy,” I confessed. Sauer reached out and placed his large hands around my throat.

”You stole my glove,” he said, his eyes narrowing.

”No, Hank, I didn’t steal it—and I won’t say who did—I just wanted you to know that.”

Then he withdrew his hands, and broke into a smile. ”Thanks for telling me,” he said. ”I had always wondered. And I’m happy you got it off your chest.”

Everyone I’ve ever spoken to about Sauer has said he was a gentleman, besides being a good ballplayer and a good scout. And the glove? My friend who snatched it—and I still am reluctant to name him, a kind of West Side omerta—told me years later that he played with it until the stuffing came out. He never seemed to be anywhere near as guilt-ridden as I was. “Sauer could afford other gloves—I couldn’t,” he had told me. As for me, I was glad that I told Hank Sauer the story when I did, for I never saw him again.

Repoz Posted: December 28, 2012 at 01:01 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: cubs, history

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
tshipman
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread July, 2014
(307 - 3:31pm, Jul 22)
Last: I am going to be Frank

NewsblogChase Headley traded to New York Yankees from San Diego Padres - ESPN New York
(25 - 3:30pm, Jul 22)
Last: A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose)

NewsblogSports Reference Blog: 1901-02 Orioles Removed from Yankees History
(22 - 3:30pm, Jul 22)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread- July 2014
(810 - 3:27pm, Jul 22)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogJim Bouton Still As Opinionated As Ever
(149 - 3:27pm, Jul 22)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogTony Oliva turns 76; Gardenhire: 'He should be in hall of fame'
(27 - 3:21pm, Jul 22)
Last: They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot

NewsblogTrading for Price would be right move for Cubs | FOX Sports
(61 - 3:20pm, Jul 22)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

NewsblogPoll: Does Citizens Bank Park really need metal detectors at the gates?
(22 - 3:18pm, Jul 22)
Last: They paved Misirlou, put up a parking lot

NewsblogGeorge "The Animal" Steele Mangles A Baseball
(119 - 3:18pm, Jul 22)
Last: Tubbs & Minnie Miñoso don't fear Sid Monge

NewsblogFSAZ: D-backs cut off McCarthy’s cutter controversy
(15 - 3:10pm, Jul 22)
Last: Curse of the Andino

NewsblogRangers' Yu Darvish Pushes for a Six-Man Pitching Rotation - NYTimes.com
(7 - 3:01pm, Jul 22)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogMisremembering Mantle's Final Season
(43 - 2:52pm, Jul 22)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October

Hall of MeritMost Meritorious Player: 1956 Discussion
(32 - 2:42pm, Jul 22)
Last: Tubbs & Minnie Miñoso don't fear Sid Monge

NewsblogMLB.COM - Toman: Lewis takes exception with Rasmus' bunt
(123 - 2:04pm, Jul 22)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 7-22-14
(3 - 1:36pm, Jul 22)
Last: snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster)

Page rendered in 0.0923 seconds
50 querie(s) executed