Windy City Weekend: Happy Cinco de Mayo with Val, Ryan and comedian Kevin Bozeman

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Friday, May 5, 2023
Windy City Weekend: Host Chat with Kevin Bozeman
Happy Cinco de Mayo with Val, Ryan and comedian Kevin Bozeman!

CHICAGO (WLS) -- This week on Windy City Weekend, it's Cinco de Mayo! Val and Ryan started the weekend off right with some margaritas with their friend, comedian Kevin Bozeman, during Host Chat!

Val, Ryan and Kevin Bozeman talk about living longer and Kevin's upcoming shows!

You can catch more of Kevin this Saturday at Zanies in Rosemont. Purchase your tickets at

For generations, Chicagoans have played 16-inch softball, a game that is played bare-handed, without gloves. Now, this unique Chicago game is celebrating its 135th anniversary.


It's one of Chicago's most unique sports, with a history that goes back to the late 19th century.

The game is 16-inch softball, and it has been a staple of Chicago's outdoor sports season for generations. Thousands of Chicagoans are familiar with this brawny cousin to baseball and 12-inch softball, played in parks and playgrounds throughout the Chicagoland area and celebrated as a Windy City tradition in movies like "About Last Night."

"The greatest thrill of my life was playing for my father's [16-inch softball] team," recalled Mike Royko, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Chicago Daily News, Sun-Times and Tribune during a 1982 interview with filmmaker Scott Jacobs. "I tell ya, the Pulitzer Prize doesn't even compare."

Like baseball and 12-inch softball, 16-inch softball is played within a baseball diamond with outfielders, infielders, a pitcher and a catcher.

But, as most Chicagoans know, unlike baseball and 12-inch softball, 16-inch softball is played without gloves. The catcher, the pitcher and everyone else on defense fields plays bare-handed.

"It's great because anybody can play it," said Paul Rowan, the president of the Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame. "All you need is a bat and a ball."

This month, Chicago's quintessential game is celebrating its 135th anniversary, ironically on a day which is associated with football. Back on Thanksgiving Day in 1887, a group of students from Harvard and Yale created the game at the Farragut Boat Club on the Near South Side in Chicago.

The students, who were visiting Chicago, were waiting at the South Side athletic club for ticker tape results of the annual Harvard-Yale football game.

"They were standing outside and heard Yale beat Harvard," Rowan said. "A Yale alumni got excited and threw a boxing glove at a nearby Harvard supporter. A reporter named George Hancock saw this and encouraged the students to tape the boxing glove in the shape of a ball, and then play ball with it. The game grew from there"

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The legendary Chicago business, Superdawg is celebrating its 75th anniversary on May 9. The beloved Chicago-staple is family owned and operated to this day with all the nostalgia of a drive-in and car hop service.

An honorary street sign bearing the founders' names, Maurie and Flaurie Berman, will be unveiled.

Some of Superdawg's most popular items include its well-known Superdawg, along with its "Whooskidawg" which is their polish sausage and its Superonionchips, which are its unique, square onion rings.

It also has a Supercheesie cheeseburger, a Whoopercheesie double cheeseburger, a Supertamale, and Supershakes and Supermalts.