Episode 9313 of the show featuring everyday Chicagoans.
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01:35Copy video clip URL Chicago Slices Intro. “This week, people who play to win. From the tri-athletes of Downer’s Grove to the South Suburban Steelers. Plus, amateur boxing champs from Hamlin Park and big game autograph hunters. We start with maybe the greatest Chicago competitor of all generations, Minnie Minoso!”
02:24Copy video clip URL From the original location of Comiskey Park’s home plate at 35th and Bill Veeck Dr., Cuban born White Sox slugger Minnie Minoso reminisces about his baseball days, which span six decades. “Baseball has been very, very, very, good to me. It gave me more than I expected and I never think they will be so good to me. And they respected that I was so good to them, they just give me so many good things. They gave me good friendship…and we respect each other, we see each other no matter where, ‘Hi buddy, how are you?'” Hall of Fame WGN-TV broadcaster Jack Brickhouse talks about his first impressions of Minnie, “The first three of our times I interviewed Minnie, you know, on the Tenth Inning Program after the game on television, I can honestly say, I don’t think I understood one complete sentence, but he was so sincere and so serious about it all, and I’m sayin’ to myself, ‘This is on camera, I hope he’s not advocating the overthrow of the government by force, I hope he’s not using profanity, I just hope everything’s all right.’ Now, of course, Minnie speaks very well.”
05:38Copy video clip URL Athletes from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago play a charged game of wheelchair softball in the Soldier Field parking lot. As he cheers on his team, Tom Becke, a state and local tax analyst for Sweetheart Cup Company, talks about why he’s so rowdy: “When I go out and do something I do it one hundred percent. Otherwise I don’t do it. So I really get involved. I wanna see the team do well and that’s the most important thing… and I think everybody needs encouragement and I got a big mouth. So I guess that’s part of my job.” Fellow players Chris Powell and Joe Hawkins list other sports they’re involved in. Powell talks about the major benefit of sports rehabilitation: “It’s strengthened me, it’s made me faster, let’s see, made me popular with the ladies (laughs). That’s real good for my rehab.” Kathy Reinhardt and George Burns talk about why they do it and Sean Griggs demonstrates his pitching technique.
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09:46Copy video clip URL At Lake Esplanade in Downers Grove, triathletes talk about what motivates them to train: “Right now I wonder myself why. It’s fun, believe it or not, and she makes me do it (points to his companion).” You make him do it? “Of course, it’s good for the health right?” Why don’t you do it? “Because I know better (laughs).”
11:33Copy video clip URL Here’s My Story: From her back yard in South Suburban Shorewood, we meet Kim Tyrcha who plays on her high school football team. “I’ve been around boys since I was really little. I was usually never into that girl stuff, like playin’ with Barbies, somethin’ like that, I always went out and played football in the street. The guys treat me like the other guys on the team and the girls, they’re like up for it, they’re like… go out and kill ’em, you know.”
12:45Copy video clip URL Bill Hammer and his son, Grant, hit a few balls at the park on Chicago and Lake Shore Drive. Bill offers some advice to fathers about spending time with their kids, “It’s very difficult. You just have to try to make it, maybe even sacrifice a little bit of earning power. It’s very important at this age because it goes so quickly and if we don’t do it now, if we don’t have time for them now, they’re not going to have time for us later. That’s my concern. I want him [his son] to be nice to me when I’m old, so I’m being nice to him when he’s young.”
13:40Copy video clip URL At a sports memorabilia collectors convention, commentator Stoney Burke roams the floor of McCormick Place asking people how they got started collecting. Brooks Robinson and Harmon Killebrew state their preferences for natural turf. And Buffalo Bob Smith muses on what might be Howdy Doody’s baseball personality: “Designated hitter.” A fan talks about his experience getting an autograph of Mike Schmidt, “He was very intimidating because when I went up there, he was counting up the autographs himself as I went through my things… Some of the guys are just great… Johnny Bench, no matter where you see him, when you see him, he’s gonna be good, but there’s others you know you’re just going to have problems and just lucky if you get the autograph and then just leave the table without any trouble.”
16:15Copy video clip URL Minnie Minoso talks about salary negotiation, “The first year, I make seven thousand, the second year I wanted twenty, by this time the most raise you could get is ten thousand… so they gave me 17,000 and I said, ‘Look friend, I’m gonna make a deal with you. I don’t want this, I want 20,000.’ He said, ‘Well son, I cannot give you that’… In the end I get the money anyway, because anytime I used to hit one out, no matter what, he give me 300. He said, ‘Son you just get 300 more.’ They give me 300 to buy a suit or hats, or shoe. ‘Break again over there you get 400.’ So, in the end, I make more than 5 or 10,000 en bono.”
17:42Copy video clip URL At a Chicago Park District gym on Damen and Barry, young boxing champions talk about their experiences. 1993 National Golden Gloves Junior Welterweight Champion David Diaz, a senior at Steinmetz High School, talks about how he was offered a scholarship to Marquette University but wants to stay near his mother. He also discusses his hopes for an Olympic gold medal: “That’s been my ambition since I started boxing. Ever since I won the National Golden Gloves (we got a plated gold medal) since that moment right there I wanted a real gold medal.” Fres Oquendo, 1993 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champ talks about his win, “I fought 5, 10 in a week, and wasn’t even ranked in the seed. I was from the woodwork, but I took the whole national tournament. I beat everybody of the top ranked fighters. I wasn’t even ranked ever. Now I’m number one. It’s a great feeling.” 11-year-old State Junior Olympic Champion Ivan Piacco demonstrates his punching power and Coach Bill Heglin talks about coaching philosophy, “I like the kids that are serious. If they’re not serious, there’s the door. It has to be that way, ‘cuz we have to spend our time on the kids that want to learn.”
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22:00Copy video clip URL Loyal fan and the father of one of the players, Russell Pederson describes how the Steelers 14 & under girls fast pitch softball team is organized. “They’re basically girls from Crete and Sauk Village, Illinois. We have one girl that’s from Crown Point, Indiana, and we’re basically a home grown team. Most of these girls out here are very dedicated. They practice up to two, three times a week during the winter time. We have tryouts in September and then the kids come and they give their all and then on top of that they go out and raise money… we’re looking for a sponsor by the way… they raise money for their trips and last year they raised $2,500 for Multiple Sclerosis.” Courtney Witvliet demonstrates her pitches and describes the difference between a drop and a rise. Coach Don Pearson talks about the difference between coaching boys and coaching girls, “I think girls pay more attention after they get good.” And footage from a tournament game at Centennial Park in Orland Park. Final score: Steelers 8, Heartland Poles 9.
25:43Copy video clip URL Minnie Minoso returns. “Anything I have to say this… you may have somebody who hustle the same way I do, but when we talk the hustle in baseball they have to count Minnie Minoso. He hustle. More than me nobody. You could have a better ball player, a better hitter, more intelligent, better arm, better fielder, better anything, better bunt, but the hustle? That give a hundred percent? No one.”