index.aspxThis weekend is the Chicago premiere of the documentary film Ballhawks at the Gene Siskel Film Center on North State Street. Now you might ask, “What is a ballhawk? Is it some type of bird of prey with a penchant for round objects?” No, actually a ballhawk is not a bird, but a Cubs fan–and not just an ordinary Cubs fan. A ballhawk stands outside the left field wall of Wrigley Field waiting for a ball to be hit out of the park so that he or she can attempt to catch it. If you have ever been to a Cubs game at Wrigley, you have probably seen them. They are dedicated fans who stand waiting for their moment in the sun. Or the moon, or whatever the case may be. Ballhawks wait in all kinds of weather, all season long. However, some ballhawks are more dedicated than others. My brother Greg, a life-long Cubs fan, is an occasional ballhawk. He was filmed for the documentary making a a great catch. I am not sure if he actually made it into the film but in our family he is a bona fide movie star no matter what.

If you are not able to make the movie premiere, you can still check out a wide variety of materials on baseball and the Chicago Cubs at your favorite SJCPL location. You can also get materials on the White Sox but I personally wouldn’t recommend them.



  1. “You can also get materials on the White Sox but I personally wouldn’t recommend them.” Really? Oh, of course, why would anyone want to learn more about a team that actually won a championship in THIS century? Ha. Ha. But seriously, people outside the park who catch opposing teams’ home runs aren’t required to throw them back, are they? Just wondering.

  2. Just kidding about the Sox. There is a library staff member who is a huge White Sox fan and I was trying to see if he would comment on this post. The ball my brother caught was from an opposing team and he did throw it back. I don’t know if it is exactly required but you might be given a hard time by fellow ballhawks if you didn’t.