St. Rita High School students in the Broadcasting, Stock and Future Business Leaders of America clubs interviewed Chicago Cub Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg on October 4, 2012. St. Rita is the first school to ever use an interactive audio video system with the Hall of Fame to interview a Hall of Famer. The Baseball Hall of Fame contacted St. Rita and said it would like one Chicago area school to interview Ryne Sandberg. St. Rita has interacted with the Baseball HOF in the past, including using our Distance Learning Center state of the art technology for an interactive exercise this past summer in our Learn to Earn an iPad grade school camp. St. Rita students utilize this technology in classes, from viewing a cadaver autopsy to tracking the finances of a rock band with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Sandberg answered questions from the St. Rita students including local students Stan Zelek (St. John Fisher), Connor Healy (St. Cajetan), Ian Leyden (Queen of Martyrs), and Erik Landstrom (St. Catherine). Sandberg told the students the toughest right handed pitcher he faced was Nolan Ryan who always would throw him a high inside 100 mph fastball. He continued by saying the toughest left handed pitcher he faced was Steve Carlton.
Sandberg said he appreciated how the Chicago fans always were supportive and good to him. He only wished he could have won a World Series for the fans. His two greatest memories were in 1984 and 1989 when the Cubs went to the playoffs.
Sandberg urged students to work hard, be a role model with good character, stay off of drugs and exercise regularly. Ryne is working to promote a new HOF program called BASE (Be a Superior Example). This is an on line initiative to promotes healthy lifestyle choices and encourages participants to pledge to live free of performance-enhancing substances.