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Thanks for Listening

Brickhouse, Jack, with Rosenberg, Jack, and Colletti, Ned

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ISBN 10: 0912083921 / ISBN 13: 9780912083926
Published by Diamond Communications, Inc, South Bend, IN, 1996
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xv, [1], 224 pages. Illustrations. Mini-Chronology. In sports broadcasting, a sports commentator (also known as sports announcer, sportscaster or play-by-play announcer; often called shoutcaster in eSports specifically) gives a running commentary of a game or event in real time, usually during a live broadcast, traditionally delivered in the historical present tense. The comments are normally a voiceover, with the sounds of the action and spectators also heard in the background. In the case of television commentary, the commentators are on screen rarely if at all during the event (although they may appear on camera at the start or near the end of the broadcast). The main commentator, also called the play-by-play announcer or commentator in North America, or lap-by-lap commentator in the case of motorsports coverage, is the primary speaker on the broadcast. Because of their skills, some commentators may have careers in which they call several different sports at one time or another. John Beasley "Jack" Brickhouse (January 24, 1916 - August 6, 1998) was an American sportscaster. Known primarily for his play-by-play coverage of Chicago Cubs games on WGN-TV from 1948 to 1981, he received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. In 1985, Brickhouse was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame along with the Voice of the Yankees Mel Allen and Red Sox Voice Curt Gowdy. Brickhouse served as the organization's Secretary/Treasurer and was a member of its Board of Directors. Brickhouse also called Chicago White Sox games prior to that team leaving WGN in 1968. He covered national events from time to time, including three World Series for NBC television, although the Cubs never got there during his tenure. 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, Fine {removed from plastic wrap for cataloguing}. Bookseller Inventory # 72521

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Title: Thanks for Listening

Publisher: Diamond Communications, Inc, South Bend, IN

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Trade paperback

Edition: First Edition. First Printing (stated).

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Thanks for Listening! is filled with stories of and reflections on the "hey, hey" days of this memorable man behind the mike―from his start basketball-announcing in Peoria, to his over 30 years as Voice of the Chicago Cubs on WGN, to his "prankful" friendship with Bob Elson.

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This second volume in the Great Announcers series, written by the radio and TV interpreter of the Chicago Cubs for 37 years, the White Sox for 23 years and the Bears for 23, with the help of station WGN editor Rosenberg and longtime Cubs fan Colletti, is pleasant but unexceptional reading. Brickhouse evidently never met a man he hated (it is necessary to read between the lines to conclude that he was not fond of controversial Cubs manager Leo Durocher), and his reminiscences of the great and near-great are blandly amiable. The liveliest passages are two discussions with Howard Cosell, in which Brickhouse comes off second best. Photos not seen by PW.
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