Wrigley Field Memories with Jon Van Ness

Bartman Game | Hansen-Spear Funeral Home - Quincy, Illinois
I moved to Quincy in August 1981, I arrived a lifelong Cub fan. Quincy was and is predominately Cardinal country, it didn’t take me long to locate Jeff and George Spear.

The next 30 years were filled with Cub memories…

…waking up a homeless person in a park because Jeff over threw a baseball to me and hit this guy.

(On a trip to Chicago, Jon and I were playing catch in Connors Park at Clark and Oak when I overthrew Jon and hit some guy sleeping on a park bench.)


…Jeff getting a speeding ticket in McLean. Jeff wasn’t wearing his glasses, the officer asked “do you have contacts?” Jeff replied “not in this county”. Jeff got a ticket.

(Same trip as above. Jon tried to help by saying we were going to a Cubs game. Officer Bergman must have been a Cubs fan because he knew the game wasn’t until the next day.)


…Bartman game

(5 outs away when the wheels fell off!)


…”Get back to Des Moines before you hurt somebody!”

(Since our seats were by the visiting bullpen we could watch the pitchers warm up or prospects get a quick tryout. One prospect was pretty wild causing my inner heckler to appear.)


…for years George and Charlotte utilized opening day tickets leaving Jeff and me to watch at the funeral home.

(That was our tradition for years, plus gambling on how manty innings mom would last in the cold weather.)



2018 Cubs Ticket Giveaway

We are giving away 4 TICKETS to see the Cubs vs Cardinals at Wrigley field on Sunday, July 22nd!

The 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive either a Cubs or Cards autographed jersey.

An Early Bird Drawing will be held for anyone who signs up via the landing page in Step 1 of the contest.  The early bird prize is an autographed Kris Bryant baseball.

Step 1: Sign up to enter by following this link to our Cubs/Cards Ticket Giveaway Page.

Step 2: Take a picture in the Wrigley Field seats (installed at Hansen-Spear) and post it on this <<Facebook Post>> in the comments to be entered to win the 4 tickets to the July Cubs/Cards game!

4 Tickets to Wrigley Field on Sunday, July 22, 2018 to see the Cubs host the Cardinals with access to the Audi Club.

Second Prize:
One Cubs Fan will receive an autographed Ben Zobrist jersey with the 2016 World Series Patch on the sleeve.

Thrid Prize:
One Cardinals Fan will receive an autographed Yadier Molina jersey.

Early Bird Prize – April 15th:
One entrant will win a 2016 World Series Baseball autographed by Kris Bryant.

One Response to Wrigley Field Memories with Jon Van Ness

  1. Peg &Mike Holzgrafe says:

    Love the stories! We loved our trip to Chicago last year! The games were so exciting and beautiful weather! There’s no place like Wrigley Field!!

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