Best of Sports Saturday: Our favorite stories from 100 issues

Since the first Sports Saturday, we’ve covered all of Chicago’s teams in ways you won’t see anywhere else. Here are our favorite stories from the first 100 issues.

Even when there’s nothing going on in Chicago sports, there’s something going on.

It was never truer than during the all-out shutdown in the sports world that began in mid-March of last year and persisted here until Cubs and White Sox started arriving at their home ballparks at the tail end of June for “Spring Training 2.0.”

Still, we found things to write about. And on Saturdays, we continued to pack our Sports section like nobody else.

And now — unlikely as it might have seemed at one dark time or another — the Sun-Times has reached a milestone: our 100th Sports Saturday edition.

The weeks, stories and magazine-style cover images — starting with Ernie Banks and the ’69 Cubs in our debut edition on April 6, 2019 — have flown by in a delightful blur. Since then, every Chicago athlete who’s anybody has appeared on a Sports Saturday cover. And for those who haven’t, their time is coming.

“How do you all do that every single week?” is a question we’re frequently asked.

The only answer: How could we not?

Below is a collection of our favorite stories from the first 100 editions of Sports Saturday.

— Steve Greenberg

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