Upon visiting Peoria for the first time, the current manager of the Peoria Chiefs described the River City as “beautiful, friendly and comfortable.” Still number 23, Ryne “Ryno” Sandberg and his family are quickly getting acclimated to their new surroundings.
Named after relief pitcher Ryne Duren, the former Chicago Cub is considered by many to be the greatest second baseman of all-time. He is truly the best in his class and was formally recognized as such when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Also the best in his class for charity, Sandberg and his wife Margaret founded Ryno Kid Care—a non-profit organization designed to enhance the lives of children with serious medical conditions. Just as he did as a player, Sandberg exemplifies class, both on and off the field.
1 What former teammates do you still keep in touch with? Doug Dascenzo, Andre Dawson, Rick Wrona, Steve Wilson, Bob Dernier and Gary Matthews.
2 What has been the proudest moment of your baseball career? Clinching Division titles in 1984 and 1989 and being elected into the Hall of Fame in 2005.
3 My life won’t be complete until I … see the Cubs in the World Series.
4 Who was your hero growing up? Pete Rose and my brother Del.
5 Since retiring from baseball, how have you kept busy? Raising five kids, playing golf and enjoying fishing.
6 What is your philosophy of life? When you want something, the harder you work the better chance you have of succeeding.
7 What is your managerial philosophy? Utilize the players’ talents and hustle at all times.
8 My biggest regret is … Not playing in a World Series as a player.
9 What’s on your IPod? Boston, Styx and Journey.
10 What is your favorite meal? Spaghetti and meatballs.
Left to Right: The Sandberg Family
Adam, Lindsey, Steven, Adrianne, Kris, Margaret, Ryne, B.R., and Justin