1997 — Brickhouse recalls how ‘Hey Hey’ call began

By on January 25, 2017

Brickhouse recalls how 'Hey Hey' call began: Jack Brickhouse - This CBM vintage baseball podcast features Jack Brickhouse.

Hank Sauer’s (left) Cubs slugging feats generated the “Hey Hey” home-run call of Jack Brickhouse, shown at right with broadcaster Tom Shaer at Opening Day at Wrigley Field in 1997.

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features one of four consecutive segments taken from a retrospective on the career of famed Chicago announcer Jack Brickhouse, taped in Aug. 1997. In this segment, Jack recalls how his famed “Hey Hey” home-run call came about around 1950, in the first years of televised baseball at Wrigley Field. Brickhouse had been using the call for homers by Cubs slugger Hank Sauer without realizing it. Brickhouse also will be honored this season with a bobblehead day at Wrigley Field as part of its 100th anniversary. The Chicago Baseball Museum supports the Brickhouse family in the promotional effort.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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