This week's edition of The Sporting News arrived in my mailbox today. Blackhawks stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane and Bulls center Joakim Noah are pictured on the cover, along with the Stanley Cup. The magazine has named Chicago as the country's best sports city for 2010. They've devoted seven or eight pages to the city's sports teams, and it's a nice read.
In particular, being a baseball nerd, I enjoyed this little feature they had on the all-time lineups for the White Sox and Cubs. Here's what they had listed for each team:
Sox: Carlton Fisk, C; Frank Thomas, 1B; Eddie Collins, 2B (What? No D'Angelo Jiminez?); Robin Ventura, 3B; Luke Appling, SS; Joe Jackson, OF; Minnie Minoso, OF; Magglio Ordonez, OF; Harold Baines, DH.
Cubs: Gabby Hartnett, C; Cap Anson, 1B (What? No Phil Nevin?); Ryne Sandberg, 2B; Ron Santo, 3B; Ernie Banks, SS; Billy Williams, OF; Hack Wilson, OF; Sammy Sosa, OF.
Sox pitchers: Red Faber, Ted Lyons, Ed Walsh, Billy Pierce, Eddie Cicotte in the rotation; Hoyt Wilhelm, Wilbur Wood and Bobby Thigpen in the bullpen.
Cubs pitchers: Fergie Jenkins, Mordecai Brown, Pete Alexander, Greg Maddux and Charlie Root in the rotation; Carlos Marmol, Don Elston and Lee Smith in bullpen.
Marmol? I guess the Cubs haven't had many good relief pitchers, huh? They've got a nice lineup though. It does seem like the Sox have a much richer history in terms of pitching. Guys like Jack McDowell and Mark Buehrle didn't even make this list.
The magazine also features a guest column by Dick Butkus and remarks from other notable Chicago sports figures such as Denis Savard, Toews, Steve Stone, Mike Ditka, Gordon Beckham, Ryan Dempster, Richard Dent, Scottie Pippen, Bobby Jenks and Mark Aguirre.
The magazine is worth picking up if you happen to see it on your local newsstand.