Memorabilia from the career of Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse is being sold this weekend.
Brickhouse died in 1998 at age 82. He’s best known as the voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN Radio and TV from 1948-81 but also broadcast Chicago Bears football, boxing and other sports. He also handled national assignments including several World Series.
Coy-Krupp, a local estate broker in Chicago, is offering the popular announcer collected or earned during his long career.
And there’s plenty of good stuff.
There are signed baseballs and bats, a game-worn and autographed Billy Williams jersey, autographed photos, balls and letters autographed by many sports and political figures including Joe DiMaggio, Ronald Reagan, Charlie Grimm, Richard Nixon, Ernie Banks, Luke Appling, Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, Lou Brock, Willie Mays, Nelson Fox, Gerald Ford, Muhammad Ali, Sandy Koufax, Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Early Wynn, Whitey Ford, Richard Nixon and many others.
Brickhouse was known to political figures and celebrities and the collection includes correspondence from no less than five U.S. Presidents.
There is a selection of Brickhouse’s personally marked score cards from important games of his career; books autographed to Brickhouse by the authors; an Atmos clock presented to Jack Brickhouse engraved “To Jack Brickhouse, For Services to Baseball, Telecaster 1950 World Series, Albert B. Chandler – Commissioner”; old issues of Who’s Who in Baseball owned by Brickhouse; Hall of Fame items and even the awards, trophies and jewelry he was presented with throughout his long career.
The sale takes place Saturday, December 12 from 10 AM to 5 PM at 1444 Old Skokie Road in Highland Park, IL. It’s probably a good idea to show up early if you’re in the area as numbers will be handed out, presumably giving early birds the first shot to examine the memorabilia.