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Bleacher Bums
Written by Roberta Custer
Richard Fire
Dennis Franz
Stuart Gordon
Joe Mantegna
Josephine Paoletti
Dennis Paoli
Carolyn Purdy-Gordon
Michael Saad
Ian Patrick Williams
Date premiered 1977
Place premiered Organic Theater Company, Chicago, Illinois
Original language English
Genre Drama
Setting Wrigley Field

Bleacher Bums is a 1977 play written collaboratively by members of Chicago's Organic Theater Company, from an idea by actor Joe Mantegna. Its original Chicago production was directed by Stuart Gordon. A 1979 performance of the play was taped for PBS television, and in 2002 a made-for-TV movie adaptation was produced.


Bleacher Bums takes place in the bleachers of Chicago's Wrigley Field. The characters are a bunch of Chicago Cubs fans, watching a game in progress on a summer afternoon. Most of them have been gathering here for some time and know each other; even if they might not necessarily like or tolerate each other. Beer is being drunk, hot dogs are being eaten, and friendly wagers start to take on increasing importance.


Bleacher Bums was put on in different cities across the United States. In 1981, longtime Cubs fan Jerry Pritikin, the Bleacher Preacher, was hired as a paid consultant for a production in San Francisco, instructing the cast there on Chicago fan vernacular, and proper fan behavior.[1]


Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz starred in the original production; other cast members over the years have included Dennis Farina, Gary Sandy, and George Wendt.

A 2002 TV movie version for cable television was directed by Saul Rubinek and starred Brad Garrett, Wayne Knight, Matt Craven, Peter Riegert and Hal Sparks. Due to licensing issues with Major League Baseball, the name of the team was changed from the Chicago Cubs to the Chicago Bruins, and Wrigley Field was renamed.

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Peoria Journal Star
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:54:38 -0700

Maybe Wrigley Field vendors could sell the fish to dazed bleacher bums. After all, the Cubs are much like Asian carp: they have a lousy reputation, they cause a lot of complaining, and they stink like fish. Other readers were creative in coming up with ...
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:08:04 -0700

Back then, after the Bleacher Bums spent an afternoon booing the Cubs during a particularly dreadful performance against the Dodgers, a Chicago radio guy was among those in the Cubs manager's office at Wrigley Field. He captured Elia's profanity-filled ...


Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:53:46 -0700

As much as AT&T Park is an architectural masterpiece and a financial success, it's haunted by the ghosts of the Stick bleacher bums, who either have died, or are at home clutching their Croixs de Candlestick while adjusting the tracking to watch worn ...

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Bleacher Report
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 07:02:20 -0700

If there's one thing that goes hand-in-hand with sports, it's the beer that fans enjoy while watching their teams play. And whether that means going to a bar to watch with fellow fans or just cracking open a sixer with a few buddies on your couch, a ...


Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:35:48 -0700

Edmonds, like McGee, earned enshrinement through the support of fans, some of whom he singled out with a nod to the "bleacher bums" he recalled hearing each time he took his position in center at Busch Stadium. Edmonds also acknowledged the six ...
Broadway World
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:37:30 -0700

His regional credits are Broadway Bound, That Championship Season, Baby Dance, The Heidi Chronicles, Bleacher Bums, The Front Page, Doubles, Inherit The Wind, Lost In Yonkers, The Diary of Anne Frank, Beau Jest, 12 Angry Men, Wait Until Dark, The ...

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