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Bill Murray in Talks to Buy Chicago Minor League Baseball Team

Bill Murray in Talks to Buy Chicago Minor League Baseball Team

A lot of sports fans know that actor-comedian Bill Murray is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and shows up at games all the time. With that said, it’s pretty wild to know that Murray is in talks to buy a Minor League team.

According to a report from CBS News, the Joliet Slammers are reportedly in discussions with Murray to buy the team. Any movement here also would include Chicago businessman Mike Veeck. If Veeck’s last name sounds familiar, then it should. His father was famed late Chicago White Sox owner Bill Veeck.

As for the Joliet City Council, it is scheduled to discuss the sale at a meeting on Monday. Murray already owns a stake in several other minor league teams. One of those is the Class A affiliate Charleston RiverDogs, who are part of the New York Yankees’ minor league system.

Should a sale of the Joliet Slammers take place, look for Murray to be deeply involved in aspects of the team. He defintely will bring his star power to the organization. And it will not be the first time he’s been involved with baseball at a deep level. He did play minor league baseball for the Grays Harbor Loggers in 1978.

Bill Murray Can Get Romantic About Baseball

One time, Murray was waxing poetic and he said the following about baseball: “When I was a little kid playing baseball, my manager called my sleepy. And only a few people, who knoow me from way, way back, call me that still. I used to drift off and that’s why they made me the catcher, so I wouldn’t fall asleep. That gift I still have.”

Chicago Cub fans remember Murray being in the Cubs’ locker room after they won the World Series. He famously was interviewed on TV and passed around a bottle of champagne. There’s even videotape out there of Murray spending time with late Chicago Cub play-by-play announcer Harry Caray. And, of course, he’s taken his turn at Wrigley Field to sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

Here’s another story involving Wrigley Field and Murray. He weas invited to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day in 2012. The Washington Natiopnals were in to kick things off. Well, Murray decided to run around the bases (which brought a lot of attention to him). He even slid into home plate.

Before breaking it big on Saturday Night Live, Murray was part of the Second City comedy troupe. He then went on to join the Not Ready For Prime Time Players, introducing characters like Nick the Lounge Singer and others.

Murray had his first movie breakthrough movie role in Meatballs. Other films on Murray’s resume include Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, The Razor’s Edge, Groundhog Day, and Scrooged.