For a decade, Steve Stone had hitters swinging and missing for four Major League Baseball teams, including three seasons apiece for the Cubs and White Sox. In 1980 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, he won the American League Cy Young Award, which is presented to the League’s best pitcher each year.
The lessons he learned in the game, both on and off the field, are the impetus behind his book, “Said In Stone: Your Game, My Way.” Stone recently signed copies of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
“My feeling has always been, go for it,” said Stone. “Whether it’s on the baseball field, whether it’s in the business world — wherever it happens to be.”
More than 80 fans lined up to get their copies of the book signed and share a quick moment with one of their favorite Chicago sports figures.
“He just gives good insights on how he actually knows the game, because he played the game,” said Lemont Resident, Frankie Zabilka.
Today, Stone does the television color commentary for the White Sox on Comcast SportsNet and WGN. Before that, he spent 20 seasons in the broadcast for the Cubs. Dating back to his playing days, Stone has been a part of Chicago for nearly 40 years.
“I love the city for a number of different reasons,” said Stone. “I think the people are very nice [and] very loyal. This isn’t a city where they say, ‘Bring on the new guy.’ The longer you’re here, the more they enjoy you.”
In the booth, Stone is known for his blunt opinions and descriptions of the action on the field – all of which he tried to incorporate into his book.
“I think that everything in the book is the way that I see things,” said Stone. “And it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right, but I’m not going to tell you anything that I know to be untrue.”
“He goes much further into it than most announcers do,” said Lemont resident, Sue Zabilka. “I like to learn more about the game. I played myself when I was younger, so I can appreciate his wisdom of the game.”
Despite being on the south side of the Chicago baseball rivalry these days, Stone says he finds pleasure in seeing both teams succeed.
“I’m one of those guys that roots for the city of Chicago, and what’s good for the city of Chicago is good for everyone that lives here,” said Stone. “And so if the Cubs win, I think that’s okay. If the Sox win, I would be very happy.”
And that’s something that everyone can get behind.
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