Hi everyone! I took a hiatus from Eye On Chi during the summer (and now into the fall), but I'm bringing it back, starting with today's tribute to Bill Jauss, who died yesterday at age 81.
I did not get to interview Jaussie for my People With Passion Chicago journalism series, but he surely would have been a perfect subject. In fact, I found an interview with him in Neal Samors' book Chicago In the Sixties: Remembering a Time of Change, which I have excerpted below.
I've also included links to the various Jauss obits penned throughout the city of Chicago and the neighboring suburbs, as well as a clip from that wonderful show, The SportsWriters on TV.
For more on the rebooting of Eye On Chi, watch the video! Glad to be back. Thanks for the nudge, Jimmy.
From the Neal Samors book:
My favorite story and the highlight of the sports I covered in the 1960s was the Loyola victory in the national championship in 1963. It was such an unlikely story. In 1963, Loyola was playing as an independent, and during the NCAA tournament, they defeated the University of Illinois, the Big Ten champion, and then went to the Final Four where they defeated Duke from the ACC, then Cincinnati, the defending champion, for the title. Cincinnati was a giant team, and since there was no shot clock at that time, they would stall by just passing the ball around the court. The ramblers were down 15 points with just 10 minutes to play in the game, but they scratched and clawed their way back and ended up winning the game and the NCAA Championship. All five Loyola starters played the entire 45 minutes in a 60-58 overtime victory. I have always considered that game to be one of the greatest moments in Chicago sports history.
Obits on Bill Jauss:
Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times
Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune
Mike Trueblood, Galesburg Register-Mail
Bruce Miles, Daily Herald
Paul Banks, Chicago Now
Toni Ginnetti, Chicago Sun-Times
Cat Zakrzewski, Daily Northwestern