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Elevated Art

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That's a view looking west along Addison, about seven blocks west of Wrigley Field, at the new L station on the CTA's Brown Line.

The little squiggles on the brick are art. Yes, art. They are, according to, "Ron Santo's handwritten box score symbols describing the May 14, 1969 Cubs-Padres game".

OK, first, take the leap of faith that Ron Santo actually scored that game -- either then, or years later. In any case, check out the boxscore and play-by-play from that game. The Cubs won that game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 9th -- here's the PBP from that inning:

Banks homered; Hundley flied out to right; N. Oliver doubled to right; Phillips was walked intentionally; REBERGER REPLACED PODRES (PITCHING); W. SMITH BATTED FOR HICKMAN; W. Smith singled to left [N. Oliver scored, Phillips to second]; 2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Padres 2, Cubs 3.
It appears they put the PBP reading from bottom to top, instead of top to bottom, as you'd usually read it on a scorecard. Click here for a larger version of the photo above. Hat tip to BCB reader Al Spangler (not the actual player, just a screen name) for the link.