Lee Elia delivered one of the most profane tirades in baseball history 25 years ago. Now, he’s making amends with a new piece of memorabilia that’s part autographed baseball and part love letter.
The date was April 29, 1983 and what happened that day inside the manager’s office at Wrigley Field became an ‘instant classic’.
Minutes after another frustrating loss which dropped his team to 5-14, manager Lee Elia unloaded on Cubs fans who were insulting his players. The tirade, recorded for posterity by a small group of writers that day, made Elia a legend.
Now, a Chicago area sports memorabilia company has made a deal with the 70 year-old baseball lifer to sign baseballs that will be placed in a special case along with a sound clip of Elia’s modern message to fans–sort of an "apology" baseball.
The Chicago Tribune has the bleeping details.