Cubs and WGN Throw Old School Party in B&W

As part of the Tribune Company’s ongoing series on The CW, “Corporate Entities That Love Too Much”, the Chicago Cubs are throwing WGN a party today in the form of a throwback day, to celebrate the local TV station being in bed with the Cubs since 1948. (The Tribune Co. decided to save on broadcasting fees by purchasing the team in 1981. Unfortunately, they also hired Dallas Green that same year.)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

As a public service to those with real jobs, real lives, or those with really old sets that don’t understand all the fuss about black-and-white television, we now bring you a photo essay of the throwback game taken from the second inning of the telecast. (This special level of production values was used for the first two innings of the game.)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Isn’t that quaint? Len Kasper (center) and crew are dressed up in old-time press garb. We love the sweater vest and ties in 92F temperatures. That’s devotion to a schtick. It really does look great. But wait… pan up, would you?)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Is… is that a girl in the press box? Did she bring coffee?)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(This is the best of an uninspiring lot when it comes to camera angles. We sure hope they recorded the other cameras anyway so the whole game can be seen without the gimmicks by historians that are less impressed.)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(We’re glad to see that the boys from Boston could come in, but what’s with the bizarre space-age getups?)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(This is where Arne Harris, the long-time producer of WGN broadcasts, would eventually learn to place a camera in center field and then invent the ‘hat shot’ of a goofy chapeau in the crowd and the “hat shot” of Trixies with low tolerance for clothing. Rest in peace, Arne; you were a true American hero.)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Silly Cubans!)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Soda, Jerk)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Wait… what the hell is that thing dangling under the scoreboard? And what’s a “Master Card”? Wha…?)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Oh, dammit. It was all a dream. And you were there and you were there and… hey, where’s Alfonso Soriano?)

Chicago Cubs throwback day on ESPN

(Well, at least the score is still nostalgic.)