Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Pioneer Court [Jack Brickhouse Memorial - by Jerry McKenna]







Jack Brickhouse Memorial "Hey-Hey" ..
by Jerry McKenna
Location: Pioneer Court .. on the Magnificient Mile ..

The marker reads ..
Jack Brickhouse,
Hall of Fame Broadcaster
1917-1988
Hey-Hey

Inducted into Media Wing of Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y. in 1983 and 13 other Halls of Fame throughout the nation.
Broadcaster for Chicago Cubs - 40 years,
Chicago White Sox - 27 years,
Chicago Bears - 24 years,
1st TV voice for Chicago Bulls.
1962 - play-by-play announcer for 1st satellite telecast. Recipient of Local and International awards for Pope Paul VI papal audience.
EXCLUSIVE Broadcast interviews - 6 Presidents.
4 Honorary Doctorates. 2 Autobiographical Bestsellers: "Thank You for Listening" and "A Man for All Seasons".








1934 - Entered broadcasting profession in hometown of Peoria - age 18, becoming youngest sports announcer in the nation.
1946 - Broadcaster for New York Giants - one season.
1948 - 1st voice on WGN-TV.
1979 - Reached milestone of 5,000 broadcasts for WGN Radio and TV.
No baseball broadcaster WILL EVER televise as many games as Brickhouse. Continued broadcasting until his retirement from the booth - 1981.


Brain tumors do not discriminate.
Jack Brickhouse was one of the thousands who battled a brain tumor. The disease is complex, effective treatment is challenging.
The American Brain Tumor Association exists to eliminate brain tumors through research and education..




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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nowhere have I seen Jack Brickhouse Memorial covered in so much detail. Well done.

- Sharon

Anonymous said...

The Chicago Baseball Museum is helping repair the statue. See the story on its web site -- chicagobaseballmuseum.org