This summer, Lollapalooza is expanding to four days as the iconic festival celebrates its 25th anniversary!
To help celebrate, we will be taking a look at each year of the festival and what was going on in the world of Chicago sports at that time.
Today is all about the year 1992 which saw Lollapalooza expand to 36 dates and feature a second stage.
Dates: July 18 - September 13
Locations: Throughout North America
Lollapalooza artists: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cubs, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Cypress Hill, House of Pain, Ice T & Body Count, Luscious Jackson
Notable Chicago sports moment: Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux wins N.L. Cy Young Award (2.18 ERA, 20 wins, 199 strikeouts).
How Chicago sports teams fared in 1992:
Bulls: 1st in Central, beat Trail Blazers 4-2 to win NBA Title
Cubs: 4th in NL Central
White Sox: 3rd in AL West
Blackhawks: 2nd in Norris, lost to Penguins 0-4 in Stanley Cup Final
Bears: 4th in Central
Check out the rest of the #Lolla25 countdown here.
Four-day passes for #Lolla25 go on sale March 22 at 10 a.m. but we are giving away passes now here!
It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.
Sosa hit the 30-homer threshold on June 21, 1998 in only his 71st game of the season. For perspective, the 2018 Cubs leader in homers on June 21 is Javy Baez with 14 and Mike Trout leads all of baseball with only 23.
At this point, Mark McGwire was ahead of Sosa, but the Cubs slugger was pulling closer. McGwire had 33 dingers on June 21 while Ken Griffey Jr. had 28 and Greg Vaughn had 25.
Sosa' June 21 homer came off Tyler Green and was his 5th blast of the series against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field that year. But the Cubs lost that series, despite Sosa's efforts.
Fun fact: Sosa drove in 10 runs in the three-game series with the Phillies that summer while the rest of his teammates combined for only 9 RBI.
The Cubs have been a different team the last six weeks, looking a lot more like the resilient bunch from 2016 than the sluggish 2017 squad that lacked energy. After some wacky circumstances Monday and a tough loss in Game 1 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cubs came out and showed what they’re made of in the last two games of the series against the Dodgers, a team that knocked them out of postseason play last fall.
Kelly Crull and Tony Andracki sum up the longest short homestand (or shortest long homestand?), updating the status of Yu Darvish, Brandon Morrow, the Cubs pitching staff and how the team is rounding into form as the season’s halfway mark approaches.
Check out the entire podcast here: