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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.

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74 news items

 
Chicago Tribune
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:45:00 -0700

The Bleachers became so popular they had their own cheerleaders, The Bleacher Bums. Wearing yellow hard-hat helmets, the Bums enforced bleacher etiquette and razzed other teams unmercifully. Woe to the outfielder of the opposition — the Bums ...

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Chicago Tribune
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:28:14 -0700

The Bleachers became so popular they had their own cheerleaders, The Bleacher Bums. Wearing yellow hard-hat helmets, the Bums enforced bleacher etiquette and razzed other teams unmercifully. Woe to the outfielder of the opposition — the Bums ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:36:26 -0700

He was a huge Cubs fan growing up and spent many summers in the stands with the bleacher bums in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Starting a young family back home and working for the Cubs was the real beginning to his baseball career. Watching ...

Southernminn.com

Southernminn.com
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:41:15 -0700

The Red Wing Athletic Field might have the bleacher bums, but Dukes fans bring their own chair so they can sit right in front of the fence lined up with first base. The Dukes can typically leave the chirping work to the fans who actively voice their ...

FiveThirtyEight

FiveThirtyEight
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:01:36 -0700

The Cubs, meanwhile, missed their moment in 2003 in about the most painful way imaginable. But don't worry, bleacher bums: Your team is going to win the World Series in 2015, according to “Back To the Future Part II.” 4. 1969 NLCS: New York Mets (104.5 ...

Sacramento Bee

Sacramento Bee
Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:18:45 -0700

Through 4-12 seasons with Bill Callahan to 2-14 debacles with Art Shell, Raiders fans have stood by their team year after year, fired coach after fired coach. Outside of the Bleacher Bums in Chicago, where they annually hope for the best from their ...

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Chicago Tribune
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:16:20 -0700

After a losing season that would turn off another team's followers, the Bleacher Bums, the shock troops of Cub fans, would head to Ray's Bleachers — not to mourn but to pledge allegiance. Over many a beer in that tavern hard by Wrigley Field, they'd ...

NUVO Newsweekly

NUVO Newsweekly
Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:18:10 -0700

Thespian Joe Mantegna went so far as to write a play, “Bleacher Bums,” about what it was like to hang out there in the '70s, when right field was a favorite haunt of sports gamblers and, on a good day, you could stretch out and take a beer-enhanced nap.
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