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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.

Plot[edit]

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.

Touring[edit]

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]

Cast[edit]

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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nothing to Cheer About". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 



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STLtoday.com

STLtoday.com
Sun, 05 Apr 2015 21:33:16 -0700

A bright and big new Jumbotron loomed over left field but below there were no fans, not one of the notorious bleacher bums. Most of the unfinished bleachers were covered with photos of Ernie Banks as a tribute to the Hall of Famer. In the left field ...

Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Sun-Times
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:07:30 -0700

The famous play ''Bleacher Bums'' was not called ''Jumbo-Bums'' for a reason. The new monstrosity in left field dwarfs the green scoreboard in center field, the way Godzilla dwarfs your pet lizard. But bigger always comes. And it's hard to say 18th ...
 
Columbia Daily Tribune
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:07:30 -0700

In April 1983, Cubs Manager Lee Elia snapped at a question about the bleacher bums who had booed his team. Wrigley Field had no lights then, so all the home games were in the daytime. “Eighty-five percent of the” bleeping “world is working. The other ...

Press-Enterprise

Press-Enterprise
Sat, 04 Apr 2015 21:41:15 -0700

Actor Joe Mantegna has worn black hats (mob figures), white hats (crimefighters) and Cubs caps (“Bleacher Bums”). Beach Boy founding member Mike Love was a key figure in exporting California culture with songs celebrating cars, girls and surf.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 12:36:38 -0700

Just out of high school, trying to get into college or maybe heading off to the military, they were the classic “Bleacher Bums” that day. “We didn't even think we wouldn't get tickets,” Dad said, though the crowd that day was 41,590, about 3,200 more ...

South Bend Tribune

South Bend Tribune
Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:16:39 -0700

After the first catch, fans reminded Rieck of the Bleacher Bums' tradition at Wrigley Field of throwing a home run ball hit by the opposition back on the field. He was giddy, at first, he said, then heard the chants. "I heard all the fans behind me who ...

SouthCoastToday.com

SouthCoastToday.com
Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:11:48 -0700

They have to be content to be postseason bleacher bums. They attended the 1999 All Star Game at Fenway. The Doherty enthusiasm carries them beyond Boston's borders. They have tickets for today's Sox 2015 season opener in Philadelphia. For favorite ...

FanSided

FanSided
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:30:38 -0700

... working in the outfield in addition to third base. Be patient, Cubs fans. Hope is right around the corner and he should be at the hot corner for a long, long time and hitting a few hundred balls over the heads of the bleacher bums and on to ...
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