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What Makes Baseball Opening Day So Iconic?

10 am Monday on WILL-AM's Focus: We'll talk to John Thorn, official historian for Major League Baseball, and to Donald Spivey, who has spent his career studying Satchel Paige.

Wrigley Field

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In 1974 on opening day at Comiskey Park in Chicago, several naked fans rushed the field, disrupting the game and starting a riot in the stands; in 1907, the Phillies won a game against the New Your Giants because fans threw enough snowballs onto the field to force a forfeiture. Crazier things have happened.

John Thorn, Official Historian for Major League Baseball, joins guest host Jeff Bossert to talk about baseball history. We’ll talk about presidential pitches, other opening day oddities and what makes opening day so iconic in American culture. Then, during the second half of the hour, Donald Spivey, a U of I grad and a Professor of history at the University of Miami joins us to talk about pitching legend Satchel Paige. Spivey will be giving a lecture at Eastern Illinois University Monday night about Paige and his legacy. Find more information here.

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