Comiskey Park in Chicago is being renamed U.S. Cellular Field. Announcement of this change vied for newspaper space with news of the Shuttle Challenger disaster. In other words, it was treated as an event of cosmic importance. A few days later the city’s sports and gossip columnists reported that the citizenry had treated this renaming as no big deal. They were not nearly as aroused as they were expected to be. They yawned.
Longtime readers know that I am not competent to comment on baseball with reference to anything that occurred after my boyhood fascination with the sport in the 1930s. The Marty family and friends did go to a Wrigley Field game 35-plus years ago and saw the Astros defeat the Cubs. A friend and I drove through the night in the late 1940s to see Satchel Paige or Larry Doby debut at Comiskey Park, and I know we were there the week the Sox won the pennant in 1959.