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Illinois' bicentennial year in 2018 features plenty of celebrations.

In this bicentennial edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recounts how Chicago's two Major League Baseball teams dominated the early part of the 20th century and how a Chicago man helped save the game in the 19th century.


The Houston Astros just won their first World Series championship, dethroning the defending champion Chicago Cubs.

In this edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson tells us how although the Cubs dominate the headlines in Chicago, it was the city's other team that gave its baseball fans their first World Series title at the beginning of the 20th century.

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Many in the region were paying close attention to the recent playoff series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs.

In his latest edition of Reading Baseball, Pete Peterson recalls the first time teams from St. Louis and Chicago squared off in a championship baseball showdown.