WGN Channel 9 - Chicago Cubs Baseball - "Mayor Jane Byrne Throws Out The First Pitch" (1981)
Here's a clip featuring Mayor Jane Byrne throwing out the first pitch at a Cubs game, followed by the singing of the National Anthem (mostly complete) by Jimmy Damon (the inspiration for Bill Murray's lounge singer character on Saturday Night Live), then the starting lineups and opening moments of the game.
Cardinal Cody can be seen sitting next to Mayor Byrne. He would pass away less than a year later on April 25th 1982. On the Mayor's left is her husband, Jay McMullen, who was a reporter for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times for many years.
From our Chicago Cubstorian John Lavalie: "This aired 8/9/1981. The strike ended and the Cubs and Sox played each other twice to get ready for the rest of the season. The All Star Game was that night, then the season resumed on the 10th."
Announcing by Jack Brickhouse and Milo Hamilton.
This aired on local Chicago TV on Sunday, August 9th 1981.
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