He hit a homerun is his first at bat in the major leagues for the Cubs. Five months later he was a World Champion. A couple years later and he is a 2x All-Star. He is the best catcher in baseball and now he has been on The Club 400 Podcast. We have had a chance to talk to some of the great players of the 2016 World Champion team, and Willson has been one of the best.
Imagine dreaming of having your own beer. A beer with your name on the can. A beer you helped create. If you are the proprietor of Club 400, imagine no longer - the dream has become a reality. Club 400 Ballpark Lager has been brewed, canned and is ready to launch. This is the perfect beer to drink while watching a ball game - "A Beer Made for All 9 Innings". On this podcast, we have the Jesse Able - The Sales Guru and Ryan Clooney - The Brewmaster. Learn about the beer process and about Club 400 Ballpark Lager.
Occasionally, we get major league players on the show and the interviews and stories are classic. None more classic than with Cubs World Champion Catcher Miguel Montero. If you haven't heard the interview, enjoy. If you heard it before, it is worth a second listen.
Seth Thomas is a Cubs Fan who has started a business to help Cubs fans who are as obsessed with the Cubs as he is. These are fans who want all the news, all the time. Seth has a great social media following because he brings the best Cubs news to his fans every day! Check out our one-on-one with Seth Thomas, the creator of I am Cubsessed.
Brought to you by Tovar Snow Professionals, the latest Club 400 Podcast has two of the three presidents of "The Wild Bunch" - a Chicago Cubs fan club for the past 36 years. The Wild Bunch has included some of the greatest Cubs fans ever. They are a group that go to Cubs games and meet after the game, travel to road games, have Cubs themed parties, donate to charities and most important are a Cubs family within the Cubs family. Hear about their history and their future from two leaders of this amazing group of Cubs fans.
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 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 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.
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.