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Jack Brickhouse (January 24, 1916 - August 6, 1998) was an American sports broadcast announcer. Known primarily for his enthusiastic coverage of Chicago Cubs games on television from the late 1940s until the early 1980s, he received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. January 24 is the 24th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1916 (MCMXVI) is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January-February January 1 -The first successful blood transfusion using blood that had been stored and cooled. ... August 6 is the 218th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (219th in leap years), with 147 days remaining. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876-present) Central Division (1994-present) East Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1908 â€¢ 1907 NL Pennants (16) 1945 â€¢ 1938 â€¢ 1935 â€¢ 1932 1929 â€¢ 1918 â€¢ 1910 â€¢ 1908 1907 â€¢ 1906 â€¢ 1886 â€¢ 1885 1882 â€¢ 1881 â€¢ 1880 â€¢ 1876 Central Division titles (1) 2003 East Division... The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related...


He covered national events from time to time, including the World Series, even though his Cubs never got there. The voice on the audio track of the famous Willie Mays catch in Game 1 of the 1954 Series at the Polo Grounds belongs to Brickhouse. He was doing the game on NBC television along with the New York Giants' regular broadcaster, Russ Hodges. The World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, the culmination of the sports postseason each October. ... Willie Howard Mays, Jr. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Polo Grounds was the name given to four different stadiums in New York City used by Major League Baseballs New York Giants from 1883 until 1957, New York Metropolitans from 1883 until 1885, the New York Yankees from 1912 until 1922, and by the New York Mets in... The National Broadcasting Company or NBC is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (5) 1954 â€¢ 1933 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1905  NL Pennants (20) 2002 â€¢ 1989 â€¢ 1962 â€¢ 1954 1951 â€¢ 1937 â€¢ 1936 â€¢ 1933 1924 â€¢ 1923 â€¢ 1922 â€¢ 1921 1917 â€¢ 1913 â€¢ 1912 â€¢ 1911 1905 â€¢ 1904 â€¢ 1889 â€¢ 1888 West Division titles (6... Russell Patrick Hodges (June 18, 1910 at Dayton, Tennessee - April 18, 1971 at San Francisco, California) was an American broadcaster who did play-by-play for several baseball teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants. ...


He also covered many other events, sports and otherwise, such as professional wrestling. Prior to the Chicago White Sox getting their own TV network, he often did Sox games as well. And for many years he covered the Chicago Bears on radio, in an unlikely and entertaining pairing with famous Chicago gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet. The Wrestlers from Uffizi Gallery, Florence. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (3) 2005 â€¢ 1917 â€¢ 1906 AL Pennants (6) 2005 â€¢ 1959 â€¢ 1919 â€¢ 1917 1906 â€¢ 1901 Central Division titles (2) [1] 2005 â€¢ 2000 West Division titles (2) 1993 â€¢ 1983 Wild card berths... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange, and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak, Tom Thayer, and Zach... Irv Kupcinet (July 31, 1912-November 10, 2003) was a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and broadcast personality based in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Born in Peoria, Illinois, he began his broadcasting at the age of 18 at Peoria radio staion WMBD in 1934, and retired in 1981. Following brain surgery on March 3, 1998 to remove a tumor, he died in Chicago, Illinois from cardiac arrest at age 82. This sad event came amidst the excitement of the Sammy Sosa-Mark McGwire home run race, and was a double-whammy in that the Cubs had lost their other broadcasting icon, Brickhouse's successor Harry Caray, during the off-season. They were cut very much out of the same cloth, as it were: extroverts, shameless "homers" who made even the poorest games seem exciting. Peoria is the largest city on the Illinois River and the county seat of Peoria CountyGR6, Illinois. ... Peoria is the name of the Peoria tribe of Native Americans and the name of a number of places in the United States of America: Peoria, Arizona Peoria, Illinois Peoria County, Illinois Peoria, Oregon This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... WMBD is the callsign of two broadcast stations, both licensed to Peoria, Illinois, which used to be sister stations but are now owned by separate groups: WMBD (AM) on 1470 kHz WMBD-TV on analog channel 31 and digital channel 30 This is a disambiguation page — a list of articles... 1934 (MCMXXXIV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... March 3 is the 62nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (63rd in leap years). ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Official website: http://egov. ... Samuel Sosa Peralta (born November 12, 1968 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a right fielder in Major League Baseball in the free agency. ... Mark McGwire hits a home run during his last Major League season in 2001 Mark David McGwire (born October 1, 1963 in Pomona, California) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1986 through 2001. ... Harry Caray Harry Caray (March 1, 1914 — February 18, 1998), born Harry Christopher Carabina in St. ...


One stylistic technique Brickhouse employed, though, was arguably superior to Caray's: he tried to let the pictures speak for themselves. Caray, a radio broadcaster by training, tended to describe the game on TV as if he were doing a radiocast. Brickhouse was sparer with his descriptive prose; not as spare as Vin Scully of the Los Angeles Dodgers, certainly, but talking in quick bursts rather than long sentences, knowing that the great camera work of WGN-TV and of producer Arne Harris would tell much of the story. Vin Scully publicity photo, © Los Angeles Dodgers Vincent Edward Scully (born November 29, 1927 in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941 1920 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1900... WGN is the callsign of two broadcast stations in Chicago, Illinois, both owned by the Tribune company. ... Arne Harris was best known for his work on WGN-TV broadcasts of the Chicago Cubs. ...


Instead of over-describing the action, "Brick" was more likely to add "flavor" to what was obviously happening, with almost child-like enthusiasm. He would pepper his play-by-play with various old-fashioned expressions, such as "Whew, boy!" after a close play that went the home team's way, or "Oh, brother!" when it went the other way, or "Wheeeee!" when the team would do something well.


He was best known for his famous expression of "Hey-hey", which he reportedly used everywhere... when the baseball team hit a homer, when the football team scored a touchdown, or even when he was taking tricks in a card game. But it was that home run call that stuck in fans' memories, and that phrase now vertically adorns the screens on the foul poles at Wrigley Field. Wrigley Field is a sports stadium in Chicago, Illinois which was built in 1914 for the Chicago Federal League baseball team, the Chicago Whales and which became the home of the Chicago Cubs in 1916. ...


Some examples of Brick's calls:


May 15, 1960; pitcher Don Cardwell, in his Cubs debut, is trying to get the last out of a no-hitter, against the Cardinals; the batter is Joe Cunningham; the left fielder is Walt "Moose" Moryn...

  • "Watch it now ... Hit on a line to left ... Come on, Moose! ... HE CAUGHT IT! Moryn made a fabulous catch! ... It's a no-hitter for Cardwell! ... What a catch that Moryn made, what a catch he made!"

December 15, 1963; Bears defensive back Dave Whitsell makes a key play that wins the game over Detroit, and clinches the Western Conference for the Bears...

  • "Here's the pass... picked off by Whitsell! ... HE'S GONNA GO! ... HE'S GONNA GO! ... TOUCHDOWN! ... HEY-HEY!"

May 12, 1970; Atlanta's Pat Jarvis pitches to "Mr. Cub", Ernie Banks...

  • "Jarvis fires away... That's a fly ball, deep to left, back, back... HEY-HEY! He did it! Ernie Banks got number 500! The ball tossed to the bullpen... everybody on your feet... this... is IT! WHEEEEEEE!"

External links

  • Baseball Hall of Fame - Frick Award recipient
  • Jack Brickhouse Memorial in Chicago

References

"Jack Brickhouse - A Voice For All Seasons" by Janice A. Petterchak, Contemporary Books, Inc., 1996, 226 pages. ISBN: 0-8092-3207-3


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A Tribute to Jack Brickhouse | Sports | WGNTV.com | WGN TV | Chicago's CW (1105 words)
Brickhouse entered the broadcasting profession at the age of 18 at radio station WMBD in his hometown of Peoria, Ill., and was, at that time, the youngest sports announcer in the nation.
Brickhouse, who retired as Vice President and Manager of Sports from WGN in 1983, had been primarily identified as a sports announcer, but his broadcasting career was one of versatility.
Brickhouse was honored five times as the "Outstanding Sportscaster of the Year in the State of Illinois" by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Award Committee, and joined their prestigious Hall Of Fame in the early 1980s.
Jack Brickhouse (221 words)
Jack Brickhouse was born January 24, 1916, in Peoria, Illinois.
At age 18, Brickhouse was the youngest announcer in the nation.
While at WGN, Brickhouse was the voice for both the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, and he also spent 24 consecutive seasons as play-by-play voice of the Chicago Bears along with friend and colleague Irv Kupcinet.
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