PART III — Joseph O’Neal was twenty-seven years old when he died by hanging at the Carroll County Courthouse on May 16, 1873. He’d been born at Steubenville, Ohio but came west with his family during the Civil War to Chicago, then to Clinton, Iowa.
It’s been a wild and wacky week in the world of pro sports. The Chicago Blackhawks brought the city of Chicago and hockey fans around the world their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961, a forty-nine year hockey drought for Illinois.
In baseball the third place Cubs and White Sox battled it out on the north side of the city for bragging rights in the yearly cross town rivalry. The south siders managed to take two of three from the Cubbies, with Sunday nights game a pitching duel of almost epic proportions as the Cubs Ted Lilly and the White Sox Gavin Floyd nearly pitched dual no hitters with the Cubs taking the 1-0 victory.
The last and only double no hitter in major league baseball history was also hurled at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field on May 2, 1917 as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Cubs 1-0 in ten innings. The Cubs also honored the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks with a pregame ceremony.
The south siders earned the bragging rights for another couple of weeks until the two teams meet again at US Cellular Field the final weekend of June. The Cubs and White Sox both sit on third place in their respective divisions, seven and a half games back of both the Reds and the Twins as of the writing of this article on Monday June 14th.
With the start of summer a short few days away hopefully both teams will heat up and get into the races for a set up to the real cross town match up that could happen in this years fall classic. Keep rooting for your favorite teams and here’s to a Cubs-White Sox World Series! Would that make for a sweet 2010!!
Carroll County Summer League
The Lanark Junior Miss teams pitcher delivers a pitch to a Pearl City hitter during action in Lanark last Friday. Hits and base on balls led to the 10-0 Pearl City 2 victory. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
A Lanark Junior Miss hitter swings and misses at a pitch during action at EHS. Lanark’s Junior Miss team is 2-4 on the season with upcoming games against Thomson, Savanna and Pearl City 1. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
A Pearl City base runner is tagged out at home plate by the Lanark Junior Miss catcher during game action in Lanark on Friday evening. Pearl City 2 stands at 4-1. (PA photo/Craig Lang)
A Pearl City Junior Miss 2 fielder catches a Lanark pop up during action in Lanark. The Pearl City Junior Miss 2 team is currently in third place behind PC 1 and Milledgeville. (PA photo/Craig Lang)