Jack Brickhouse was born January 24, 1916, in Peoria, Illinois.
The legendary sportscaster began his career at WMBD/Peoria in 1934.
At age 18, Brickhouse was the youngest announcer in the nation.
Among his other duties were man on the street interviews, covering
disasters and parades, and reading the Sunday funnies to children.
With the help of sportscaster Bob Elston, he landed a job with
WGN/Chicago in 1940. 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
Brickhouse was also heard nationally describing four World Series,
five All Star Games and three NFL championship games. In addition,
he brought wrestling into America's living rooms as ringside announcer
on the DuMont Television Network.
Although primarily known for his sportscasts, Brickhouse covered
big band remotes, political conventions and presidential inaugurations.
In the 1960s, he hosted Jack Brickhouse Reports on WGN which
featured interviews with entertainers, athletes, politicians and
Jack Brickhouse died on August 6, 1998.
Jack Brickhouse was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1998.
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