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 12:01 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
rr
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(1410 - 11:14pm, Mar 28)
Last: PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth)

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-27-2015
(9 - 11:13pm, Mar 28)
Last: Der-K is at half whelm.

NewsblogJason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.
(43 - 11:03pm, Mar 28)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogSadly, We've Lost Another Primate
(42 - 10:57pm, Mar 28)
Last: The TVerik of Lordly Might

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(446 - 10:39pm, Mar 28)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogChicago Cubs Kris Bryant and the service-time game | FOX Sports
(31 - 10:17pm, Mar 28)
Last: 6 - 4 - 3

NewsblogThe Dome: 15 years ago Seattle blew up a giant, concrete eyesore full of memories.
(28 - 9:54pm, Mar 28)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogBBTF 2015 Shooty Memorial Softball Meet-up!
(26 - 8:32pm, Mar 28)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogNY Post: Sherman: Commish, Boras And Cubs: Shut Up About Hopeless Phenom Debate
(8 - 7:18pm, Mar 28)
Last: cercopithecus aethiops

NewsblogAstros to introduce drool-inducing Chicken & Waffle Cone
(12 - 6:42pm, Mar 28)
Last: Infinite Joost (Voxter)

Jim's Lab NotesRecent Updates and Turning off Advertisements
(55 - 5:50pm, Mar 28)
Last: Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(3589 - 4:40pm, Mar 28)
Last: Swoboda is freedom

NewsblogBoras: Cubs using business, not baseball, if Bryant stays in minors - CBSSports.com
(209 - 4:40pm, Mar 28)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogGrantland: 2015 AL East Preview
(45 - 4:37pm, Mar 28)
Last: Ziggy

NewsblogJonathan Lucroy's bat is literally on fire
(5 - 4:11pm, Mar 28)
Last: Steve Parris, Je t'aime

Page rendered in 0.1258 seconds
46 querie(s) executed