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Don Kessinger featured in newest ‘Icons of the Ivy’

1 year agoStaff Report

Marquee Sports Network is set to premiere a new episode of Icons of the Ivy presented by Miller Lite as WGN Radio’s Bob Sirott sits down for a 1-on-1 conversation with Cubs legend Don Kessinger. Taped last year on the campus of Ole Miss, Kessinger’s alma mater, Sirott goes in-depth with the Cubs Hall of Famer about his Cubs playing days and post-career memories, looking back on the memorable 1969 team, stories of Leo Durocher and more.

Icons of the Ivy with Don Kessinger premieres Tuesday, January 3, at 7 PM CT.

The interview with Kessinger is the latest installment in the Icons of the Ivy series with Bob Sirott, which premiered last year with a series of four never-before-seen interviews taped from 2010 and 2011 with Cubs icons, including Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley and Ron Santo. 

Kessinger, 80, was a six-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner, playing 12 seasons with the Cubs from 1964-75., including a club-record 1,618 games at shortstop. The switch-hitting infielder had his best offensive season in 1969, hitting .273 with 53 RBI, earning MVP votes in addition to the first of his two Gold Gloves and his second of five-consecutive All-Star nominations. 

For a preview from the episode, watch the video above. Additional episodes of Icons of the Ivy with Bob Sirott are set to be announced in the coming weeks. 

ABOUT ICONS OF THE IVY: Icons of the Ivy premiered in 2021 as a series of roundtable discussions and interviews with Cubs legends. Previous iterations of the series include a three-part Hall of Fame discussion with Cubs legends Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith and Billy Williams, a two-part series looking back at the popular 2007-08 Cubs teams with Ryan Dempster, Derrek Lee, Kerry Wood and Aramis Ramirez, and one-on-one conversations hosted by Bob Sirott with Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley and Ron Santo. Previous episodes of Icons of the Ivy can be watched on demand on the Marquee Sports Network app.

ABOUT BOB SIROTT: A lifelong Chicagoan, Bob Sirott started as a morning radio show personality in 1971. His acclaimed broadcasting career has spanned nearly five decades and has included stints at WMAQ, WBBM-FM, WLS, WGN and various television stations. In 2015, Sirott was recognized for his achievements in the media industry and inducted into the Silver Circle by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He currently is the host of the morning drive on WGN Radio, weekdays from 6-10 a.m.

ABOUT MARQUEE SPORTS NETWORK: In partnership with the Chicago Cubs and Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), Marquee Sports Network brings together one of the most iconic sports franchises in the country with one of the largest television broadcasting companies to deliver unparalleled Cubs coverage, as well as additional local live sporting events and original programming. Marquee Sports Network is available within the Cubs home television territory in portions of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin, and is carried on more than 50 cable providers, as well as streaming platforms DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV) and fuboTV. For more information, visit marqueesportsnetwork.com/about.

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