You might recognize that voice. That's the voice of Ed Farmer, the radio broadcaster for the White Sox who passed away about a year ago of a kidney disease. Farmer was THE voice of the south side, as he was born and raised in McKinley Park and had a few year stint with the team as a player in the late 70s and early 80s. He is the perfect person to narrate a promotional video for one of the great events of the summer on the South Side.
That's what the Papa Hops tournament is - one of the great events of the summer on the south side. What is it? It's simple. It's a 16" softball tournament where 100% of the proceeds are directed to the Tom Hopkins Foundation, a charity that supports families affected by cancer while also supporting local youth athletic programs.
And in typical south side fashion, droves and droves of people come out to the Papa Hops Softball tournament each year to support the cause. They do so by showing up with their crew, throwing back a billion beers, blasting music and watching awesome 16" softball. Barstool Sports and Barstool Chicago will be an official sponsor this year and I cannot wait to be a part of it personally.
Take a look at these pictures:
Just the most South Side event of all time. Absolutely love it and it's all in the name of the charity. With the Papa Hops tournament in the summer and Weishfest in the winter, the South Side has a monopoly on the charity game. It's just how the South Side rolls, and it's how you should roll too.
And if you're in the area, don't hesitate to come watch me drop BOMBS while carrying my team to a tournament championship like a fullback marching his team down the entire length of a football field. Come one come all!! Beer, music, softball and summertime Chi. You cannot beat that.
Oh and CLICK HERE TO DONATE!!!