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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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FanSided

FanSided
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:22:30 -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 ...

The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:56:15 -0700

Wrigley Field's infamous bleacher bums will have to find another place to watch their beloved Chicago Cubs for the first half of the upcoming regular season. The stadium's outfield bleachers are among the most well-known seats in Major League Baseball, ...
 
CBS Local
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:41:15 -0800

Terie Kata says the home of the bleacher bums was also the home of a large rodent population. Now, with the bleachers gone, she says rats are overrunning the neighborhood. Just this week, the Cubs were denied permission to keep the backhoes, pile ...
 
WJON News
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:21:55 -0700

ST. CLOUD – The Pioneer Place Theatre Company of St. Cloud is opening up its 16th season with a play just in time for the end of the baseball season. Jay Terry is the director of Bleacher Bums. “We are watching the Cubs fans watching a baseball game.
 
Sports Central
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:52:30 -0800

"Thusly, my diehard fans are known as the 'Bleacher Bums.' They're a little hard to recognize amongst the rest of NASCAR's fans, because just like everyone else, the Bums are all white. "Did you hear? May 9th's Sprint Cup race in Kansas will be called ...

SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)

SpeedwayMedia.com (press release)
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:03:45 -0800

Thusly, my diehard fans are known as the 'Bleacher Bums.' They're a little hard to recognize amongst the rest of NASCAR's fans, because just like everyone else,the Bums are all white. “Did you hear? May 9th's Sprint Cup race in Kansas will be called ...
 
Sports Media 101
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:16:34 -0800

And it's more than Wrigley Field being without the bleacher bums for a fraction of the season; an oversight like this is unprofessional and a slap in the face to the fans. Regardless of the positive intent of the renovations, the Cubs will be marching ...

Kenosha News

Kenosha News
Thu, 22 May 2014 21:51:44 -0700

Bleacher Bums,” written by Joe Mantegna, takes place in 1998 in the bleachers of Chicago's Wrigley Field as a group of Chicago Cubs fans watch a game against the St. Louis Cardinals on a summer afternoon. Director Mackenzie Renner said the show is ...
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