Today is John Baker Day or, more colloquially, “The Night The Backup Catcher Got the Win.” For the past five years, Baker, Ivy Envy, and Son Ranto, along with support from may other Chicago-based blogs and podcasts, have celebrated this infamous night in Cubs history by throwing a party and raising money for charity. This year, due to the unusual circumstances of 2020, we are doing much more.
We are launching our Antiracist campaign while raising money for Lost Boyz Inc. through a series of conversations about the past, present, and future of Black baseball in Chicago. Joining in the conversations will be Baker, Lost Boyz Executive Director LaVonte Stewart, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President Bob Kendrick, former Cub and current Marquee analyst Doug Glanville, Cubs third base coach Will Venable, and lots more. These will air over the next few weeks, beginning this Sunday with our conversation with Kendrick.
Want to support the cause? Contribute today by purchasing our new Antiracist Obvious Shirt and John Baker Day Face mask., with proceeds benefiting Lost Boyz. You’ll see the Cubs wearing these very soon too.
Tune in Wednesday night after the Cubs play the Reds for our live John Baker Day broadcast featuring an interview with Baker and Stewart. The broadcast starts at 9pm CT and will include Baker talking about that fateful night, as well as the world premiere of The Bleacher Bum Band’s newest work, “Ballad of John Baker.” Stream live on Crawly’s Clubhouse or Ivy Envy’s Facebook page, below on YouTube, or on Persicope @sonranto.