Hoop Hall legend Dan Issel visits Cooperstown
Growing up, baseball was my first love.
“I grew up in a little town called Batavia, Ill., about 40 miles west of Chicago,” Issel recalled. “And I had a friend whose mom was a big Cubs fan and during the summer, she’d pack four or five of us in a car and we’d go sit in the bleachers at Wrigley Field, so I was hooked at an early age. Growing up, baseball was my first love.”
And though he has called Denver home for years, his affection for Chicago’s North Side team has not waned.