The original 1961 Chicago Blackhawks championship banner that hung in the old Chicago Stadium is coming to auction later this month.
In 1961, Chicagoans witnessed the Hawks, led by sports legends Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita, win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 29 years, beating the Detroit Red Wings four games to two. It was the first championship for the city since 1947, when the Chicago Cardinals won the National Football League title, and unfortunately the last Stanley Cup title the ‘Hawks would win for another 49 years.
Hull scored two goals in the first game including the game winner while Mikita scored the winner in the fifth game.
The 1961 win was commemorated by a large championship banner that hung in the old Chicago Stadium until 1994, when the stadium was torn down to make way for the United Center.
A highly publicized auction of the stadium’s contents was held by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, with the banner being among the highlights drawing significant attention and competitive bidding. The winning bid of $15,000 came from restaurant owner, Gus Cappas, who proudly hung the banner in his Glenview restaurant, McMahons Steakhouse.
Now, it’s going back on the block.
The banner will be sold in a single item, online-only sale Tuesday, July 16, at 6pm, and will be on display at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers during regular business hours up to the date of the sale. Interested parties may contact 312.280.1212 for more information and can sign up to bid live online or leave a presale bid atwww.lesliehindman.com.
The 1961 Stanley Cup victory by the Blackhawks marked the only time in the decade that the title wasn’t won by either the Montreal Canadiens or Toronto Maple Leafs