Chicago Cubs Club 400 Podcast
Club 400 Podcast Greatest Hits… So Far

Club 400 Podcast Greatest Hits… So Far

June 16, 2019

Club 400 Podcast is a show about the fans for the fans. It is a series of stories from some of the greatest and mast interesting Chicago Cubs fans out there. There is one thing that all Cubs fans share and that is an undeniable passion for their team. Generations of fans waited 108 years between World Series victories, which ended in 2016. Everyone has a story and hosts Stu McVicar and William Geheren along with producer John Benedeck, try to capture those stories weekly on Club 400 Podcast. This episode is a compilation of some of the best moments through the first 42 shows. If you are new to Club 400 Podcast, enjoy and make sure to listen to previous shows and welcome to the show with the motto of "Cubs Fans Helping Cubs Fans."

Joe Johnson - Obvious Shirts

Joe Johnson - Obvious Shirts

June 9, 2019

Joe Johnson is Brilliant. (Joe, you can have that one). You have seen the shirts - from "Kiss it GoodBaez" to "The Greatest Game Ever Was Played on a Wednesday in Cleveland" to "I'd Rather Be at Wrigley", now hear the man behind the shirts. Joe brings us his absolutely fascinating story of a fun idea to a full-fledged business that started as just a Cub fan being a Cub fan (Joe, you can use that one as well). As you know, Club 400 Podcast is a show about the fans, for the fans and Joe epitomizes what we are doing. Learn about the history, the future and a partnership with Club 400 - what???? Ladies and gentlemen, the guy that redefined the word obvious, Joe Johnson. 

George Castle - Chicago Sports Writer

George Castle - Chicago Sports Writer

June 2, 2019

George Castle is an American freelance sports journalist and author, based in Chicago, Illinois.

Castle's most frequent assignment has been as the Chicago Cubs beat writer for The Times of Northwest Indiana. He spent many years as a sportswriter for Chicago's Lerner Newspapers.

He has written several books about the Cubs and general baseball history, including:

  • The Million to One Team
  • Where Have All Our Cubs Gone?
  • Baseball and The Media: How Fans Lose in Today’s Coverage of the Game
  • Entangled in Ivy.
  • Jackie Robinson West: The Triumph and Tragedy of America's Favorite Little League Team.
  • Baseball's Game Changers: Icons, Record Breakers, Scandals, Sensational Series, and MoreBaseball's Game Changers: Icons, Record Breakers, Scandals, Sensational Series, and More

In his latest book “The 1969 Cubs,” co-written by Cubs Hall of Famer, Fergie Jenkins and longtime Chicago sportswriter George Castle, looks at the team from the perspective of that time frame, how the city and the fanbase got tremendously excited about the prospect of getting to the World Series. Remember, this was the first year of divisional play where teams would have to win a best-of-five League Championship Series to get to the World Series.

Don Zminda - The Legendary Harry Caray

Don Zminda - The Legendary Harry Caray

May 26, 2019

In The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball's Greatest Salesman, Don Zminda delivers the first full-length biography of Caray since his death in 1998. It includes details of Caray's orphaned childhood, his 25 years as the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals, his tempestuous 11 years broadcasting games for the Chicago White Sox, and the 16 years he broadcast for the Chicago Cubs while also becoming a nationally-known celebrity. Interviews with significant figures from Caray's life are woven throughout, from his widow Dutchie and grandson Chip to broadcasters Bob Costas, Thom Brennaman, Dewayne Staats, Pat Hughes, and more.

Caray was known during his final years as a beloved, often-imitated grandfather figure with the Cubs, but the story of his entire career is much more nuanced and often controversial. Featuring new information on Caray's life--including little-known information about his firing by the Cardinals and his feuds with players, executives, and fellow broadcasters--this book provides an intimate and in-depth look at a broadcasting legend.

Willson Contreras & Carlos Zambrano - Dos Hombres

Willson Contreras & Carlos Zambrano - Dos Hombres

May 17, 2019
Originally known as “The Big Reveal - Part 2” this show gives you some of the details of the upcoming event of the summer - Club 400 presents Contreras and Zambrano.
 
Willson Contreras was promoted to the Chicago Cubs on June 17, 2016 and what a time to make it to the show. On June 19th, he hit a two-run homer on the first pitch of his first major league at-bat and has never looked back since. He was voted as the starting catcher in the 2018 All-Star Game.
 
Carlos Zambrano, nicknamed “Big Z’ or “El Toro”, pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 2001 to 2012. Zambrano had six pitches, including a heavy sinker, cutter, splitter, four-seam fastball, slider and curveball. Zambrano was the only National League pitcher to win at least 13 games in each year from 2003 to 2008. In 2006, he became the first player from Venezuela to lead the National League in wins.
 
Enjoy Dos Hombres
Ben Zobrist - World Series MVP

Ben Zobrist - World Series MVP

May 12, 2019

Here is a pretty cool guest..does it get any better than the 2016 World Series MVP? Ben Zobrist who was a guest at Club 400, also gave us some time on Club 400 Podcast. Thank you to special guest host Kelly Crull who hosted the Q&A for us!

Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Ray Burris, Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier - Legends Night

Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Ray Burris, Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier - Legends Night

May 5, 2019

As part of the most epic event in 2019 at Club 400 - in honor of Deputy Jacob Keltner - Club 400 Podcast had five Cubs Legends on the stage at one time. Representing the 1969 Cubs team - hall of famer - Fergie Jenkins and Randy Hundley, the 1984 Cubs - Gary Matthews and Bobby Dernier and in between years - Ray Burris. This is a collection of the nicest former players to ever grace the stage at Club 400....enjoy.

Phil Skylar & Crawly - Bobbleheads

Phil Skylar & Crawly - Bobbleheads

April 28, 2019

A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, wobbler or bobble head, is a type of collectable doll. Its head is often oversized compared to its body. Instead of a solid connection, its head is connected to the body by a spring or hook in such a way that a light tap will cause the head to bobble, hence the name.

Today we bobble over to the world’s only Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum. Featuring the largest bobblehead collection, exhibits, store, event space & more, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is fun for everyone! Not just for sports fans, the Museum also features movie, TV, pop-culture, vintage and thousands of other unique bobbleheads.

Our guests are Phil Skylar who is the owner of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum and Crawly who is the Club 400 Bobblehead expert.

Jerome Walton & Dwight Smith - The Rookie & The Runner Up (uncensored)

Jerome Walton & Dwight Smith - The Rookie & The Runner Up (uncensored)

April 21, 2019

The 1989 Chicago Cubs season was one of the most exciting in the past 50 years. Highlighting the season was the Cubs second National League Eastern Division championship with a record of 93-69. The Cubs had all-star seasons from Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe and Mitch Williams. But the catalysts of the team were rookie outfielders Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith. In addition to setting the table for the other great hitters in the lineup, they finished first and second in rookie of the year voting. If you can't remember who won, don't worry, they will tell you. This version of the show is uncensored so beware!

Jerome Walton & Dwight Smith - The Rookie & The Runner Up (censored)

Jerome Walton & Dwight Smith - The Rookie & The Runner Up (censored)

April 21, 2019

The 1989 Chicago Cubs season was one of the most exciting in the past 50 years. Highlighting the season was the Cubs second National League Eastern Division championship with a record of 93-69. The Cubs had all-star seasons from Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson, Rick Sutcliffe and Mitch Williams. But the catalysts of the team were rookie outfielders Jerome Walton and Dwight Smith. In addition to setting the table for the other great hitters in the lineup, they finished first and second in rookie of the year voting. If you can't remember who won, don't worry, they will tell you. This version of the show is censored as there is some very colorful language in the other version.