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History

3D
ago

How to Build a Subway (Circa 1940)

Getting through the wet clay beneath downtown meant either a 225-ton biscuit-cutter with 24 hydraulic jacks, or a man with a giant pneumatic knife slicing under the city piece by piece.

4W
ago

When Hizzoner Hired the Rajah of Swat, Rogers Hornsby

Once upon a time, Richard J. Daley hired the Cardinals legend and former Cubs manager to lead a program to teach 200,000 Chicago kids how to play baseball, in order to combat juvenile delinquency—despite Hornsby’s considerable deficits as a role model.

2 months
ago

Q&A: David Rapp on Tinker to Evers to Chance

Poetry immortalized the Cubs’ legendary infielders, who brought the team a World Series victory when a rough-and-tumble sport was emerging as the national pastime.

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