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Chicago Baseball Museum Raising Funds
to Return Jack Brickhouse Statue to Michigan Avenue

Posted on Friday, November the 13th, Chicago, IL

photo of Jack Brickhouse statue by Jyoti Srivastava.
Photo credit: Jyoti Srivastava

After nine years overlooking Michigan Avenue, the Jack Brickhouse statue was removed Thursday, November 5, 2009 for repair. At that time, Patricia (Pat) Brickhouse, widow of the longtime Chicago broadcaster, shared with CBM Executive Director Conrad "Connie" Kowal that the statue was in need of serious repair and asked for assistance from the Chicago Baseball Museum. The Chicago Baseball Museum has announced it will help raise the funds concurrently with its end-of-the-year fundraising campaign to return Jack's statue to its memorial spot.

Through the end of the year, the Chicago Baseball Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will donate 50 cents for every $1 donated to the Chicago Baseball Museum up to the estimated repair costs of $12,000.

Chris Stevens of LS Contracting Group was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying the statue "could have almost fallen over on its own, it's so bad." Stevens said it will take about two weeks to repair damaged granite and build a new, metal core that will better withstand the temperature changes and vibrations of upper Michigan Avenue and the nearby bridge.

photo of Jack Brickhouse statue by Jyoti Srivastava.
Photo credit: Jyoti Srivastava

"I am eager to have Jack's statue back in its spot," shared Pat Brickhouse. "I thought the statue would last forever to represent Jack's contribution to Chicago. The Chicago Baseball Museum is a real friend and that's why I reached out to them. I truly appreciate their immediate response and action that will help me raise the funds to get Jack back as soon as possible."

Chicago baseball and Jack Brickhouse fans can make a donation online at www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org or call 847.337.1191 for more information. Checks can be mailed to The Chicago Baseball Museum at 1611 W Harrison, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60612.

ABOUT THE JACK BRICKHOUSE STATUE
The Jack Brickhouse statue was created by Jerry McKenna and sponsored by the American Brain Tumor Association. The statue, until removed for repairs, rested on North Michigan Avenue just south of the Tribune Tower, on the Jack Brickhouse Way. It was dedicated in 2000. Etched at the bottom is Brickhouse's catch phrase: "Hey-Hey."

photo of Jack Brickhouse statue by Jyoti Srivastava.
Photo credit: Jyoti Srivastava

ABOUT JACK BRICKHOUSE
John Beasley "Jack" Brickhouse (1916-1998), an American broadcasting legend, is known primarily for his enthusiastic play-by-play coverage of Chicago Cubs games on WGN-TV from 1948-1981, but he also called Chicago White Sox games until 1968. Brickhouse covered four World Series for NBC television; the Chicago Bears on WGN-AM radio for 24 years and was the first television voice for the Chicago Bulls on WGN from 1966 to 1973. Although mostly known for his sportscasts, Brickhouse covered numerous Republican and Democratic conventions and political events. He received the Ford C. Frick Award in 1983 when he was inducted into the Media Wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

ABOUT THE CHICAGO BASEBALL MUSEUM
The Chicago Baseball Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that will collect, preserve, document, and interpret artifacts and events that are associated with the legacy, evolution and contemporary life of Chicago baseball. The Jerome Holtzman Library & Research Center will serve as the focus for Chicago baseball history in the Museum. The CBM will strive to become the central network for baseball in Chicago to celebrate and promote baseball. The CBM is poised to become the home base of Chicago baseball for kids and adults.

The Museum is soliciting endowment funding for the building of the Chicago Baseball Museum and the Jerome Holtzman Education and Research Center. Please visit the Museumís website for more information or to offer your support. For more information, visit www.chicagobaseballmuseum.org or call (708) 907-5301.

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Call: 847.337.1191
Mail: Chicago Baseball Museum at 1611 W Harrison, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60612.



Player:

Luis Aparicio

Born:
April 29, 1934

Birthplace:
Maracaibo, Venezuela

Batted:
Right

Threw:
Right

Debut:
April 17, 1956

Primary Position:
Infield (SS)

Primary Team:
Chicago White Sox

Hall of Fame:
Inducted in 1984