America and Her Pastime

With the birthday of our great country celebrated this past Monday, we look back at some of the America’s greatest gifts to the world. Creations such as Rock n’ Roll, Hollywood Movies, Internet and the Telephone have highlighted the American contribution to worldwide life. Although, there is one that tops all.
The Game of Baseball.

The history of baseball is an odd and confusing road. There are a couple different variations on who created the game, the origins of the game, and when it became an official sport. The most well-known tale of Baseball is of course Abner Doubleday starting the game in 1839 here in America. Doubleday, a cadet at West Point at the time, is widely credited as the inventor of baseball when he started the first game ever played. The game was played in Cooperstown, New York, now the home of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. To this date, the MLB and the HOF still acknowledge that Doubleday created the game.
Others though, believe there is another story to the game. According to, the first-time organized baseball was seen in September of 1845. The article states, “a group of New York City men founded the New York Knickerbocker Baseball Club.” In this story, it is a man of the name Alexander Joy Cartwright that is credited with the birth of our pastime. Cartwright and company claim to have created baseball off inspiration from “rounders”, an old colonist game, and the sport of cricket. The story is that Cartwright was the one who created the rules we know of baseball today. The shape of the field, the limits of foul lines, and the number of strikes allowed per batter. In 1846 Cartwright and the Knickerbocker Baseball Club were said to play the first game of American baseball when they took on a team of cricket players.
The emergence of baseball as a traditional American sport is not the clearest story. There is still a decent amount of disagreement, even if Doubleday is credited by the MLB Hall of Fame. None the less, the sport grew in popularity and by 1869 we saw our first professional team in the Cincinnati Red Stockings. By 1876 we had the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs (modern day National League) created by William Hulbert, a wealthy Chicago businessman. The league held eight teams that include modern day Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. In 1901 the league we know as the American League today was founded and by 1903, we had cross league play for the World Series Title. Blog Dog:

-Tucker, a Military Brat pup hailing from Connecticut, loves going for relaxing walks, ear rubs, scratching rugs, and eating entire bowls of chicken enchilada meat before his family can eat it! A HUGE fan of the Yankees, Giants and most things New York (with the exception of a borderline-unhealthy obsession with LeBron James), TuckTuck is so excited to get to blog about his favorite thing – SPORTS, especially baseball.

Chicago Cubs Memorabilia

Chicago Cubs Autographed Memorabilia
The party may never end. The Chicago Cubs erased over a century of futility on one night in Cleveland. What an amazing season the ’16 Chicago Cubs gave the baseball world. Despite not winning a title for 108-years, the Chicago Cubs franchise boasts some of the best and diehard fans in the sport. The Cubs have been lovable losers for quite some time now but have had Hall of Fame talent take the field on the Northside of Chicago, IL. Hall of Fame legends include Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins and many more Cubbies. The Chicago Cubs memorabilia industry has boomed since the final count recorded last November. These items are expected to hold their value, similarly to the 2003 Red Sox and 1985 Bears. Chicago faithful will never forget this team, the team that won 103 games and nevr gave in. The team that boasts MVP Kris Bryant and a host of young talent with stars like Anthony Rizzo, Addy Russell and Willson Contreras.

2016 Chicago Cubs World Series Champions
Fly the W! The 2016 Chicago Cubs ended a 108-year World Series drought and pushed the “curses” aside by winning an unforgettable Game 7 over the Cleveland Indians after trailing 3-1 heading to Cleveland. Cubs manager Joe Maddon brought joy to Cubs fans across the country and pushed all the right buttons to bring the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series since 1945, and led the team to their first World Championship since 1908. Now is the perfect time for Chicago Cubs fans to commemorate this incredible feat! sells Joe Maddon autographed baseballs, as well as signed baseballs by World Series heroes Kyle Schwarber, MVP Ben Zobrist, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Hendricks, Javy Baez, Willson Contreras, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to add authentic Chicago Cubs memorabilia to commemorate the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship! Go Cubs Go! One top selling photo from the World Series is a Mike Montgomery signed 16×20 with “Last Out” with a shot of Kris Bryant fielding the final out. We will never forget the amazing night in Cleveland where the Cubs rose the top of the baseball world.

2017 Chicago Cubs
Catcher Willson Contreras
1st Base Anthony Rizzo
2nd Base Javy Baez
Shortstop Addison Russell
3rd Base Kris Bryant
Outfielder Kyle Schwarber
Outfielder Albert Almora Jr.
Outfielder Jason Heyward
Utility Man Ben Zobrist

Starting Pitcher Jon Lester
Starting Pitcher Kyle Hendricks
Starting Pitcher Jake Arrieta
Starting Pitcher John Lackey
Starting Pitcher Mike Montgomery
Closer Wade Davis

Manager Joe Maddon

Collect the entire Chicago Cubs line-up: Catcher Willson Contreras, 1st Base Anthony Rizzo, 2nd Base Javy Baez, Shortstop Addison Russell, 3rd Base Kris Bryant, Outfielders Kyle Schwarber, Albert Almora Jr., Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist. Collect the top starting pitchers in the game: Starting Pitcher Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Cy Young Jake Arrieta, John Lackey and Mike Montgomery. The Cubs will surely miss fan favorite, David Ross in 2017 and beyond. A true gentleman of the game who won the hearts of Cubs fans.

Down on the Farm
Fans are excited for the arrival of top prospects: Eloy Jimenez, Ian Happ, and Jeimer Candelario. The Cubs run into a good problem, not having any spots to play these young players. Maybe Theo Epstein has some tricks up his sleeve to swap for veteran pieces during a pennant chase like he did in 2016 when he traded #1 Prospect Gleyber Torres to New York (AL) for Aroldis Chapman. Chapman was a key contributor on the World Series championship team.

Chicago Cubs Farm System
Iowa Cubs (AAA)
Tennessee Smokies (AA)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A)
South Bend Cubs (Low A)
Eugene Emeralds (Short Season)

Cubs Facts & Figures
3 World Series Titles: 1907, 1908 and 2016
17 National League Pennants
Historic Wrigley Field – 1916 to Present
Rivals: St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds & Chicago White Sox

Retired Numbers
#10 Ron Santo
#14 Ernie Banks
#23 Ryne Sandberg
#26 Billy Williams
#31 Ferguson Jenkins
#31 Greg “Mad Dog” Maddux

Top-Selling Cubbies Memorabilia
The Chicago Cubs are Champions of the Baseball World. The 108-year drought is over. Fly the W!

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Cubs Photos
Cubs Baseballs
Cubs Framed Photos
Cubs Coins
Cubs Bats
2016 Exclusive Cubs Items
Best Selling Cubs Items

Top Selling 2016 Champions:
Addison Russell
Jake Arrieta
Jon Lester
Javier Baez
Anthony Rizzo
Kris Bryant
David “Grandpa Rossy” Ross
Joe Maddon
Kyle Hendricks
Ben Zobrist (World Series MVP)
Dexter Fowler


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