Department of Communication Acquires Pille Sports Collection

July 1, 2010

The department announces the acquisition of the Robert Pille collection of sports books and articles. Robert Pille, class of 1950, enjoyed a 60-year career as a sportswriter, including 22 years with the Chicago Sun-Times.

A Peoria native, Bob Pille grew up with a Bradley spirit that he kept his entire life. His journalistic roots ran deep in Peoria; he started at the Peoria Journal Star in 1943 as a high school student reporting on local sports.

He came to Bradley after serving in World War II. While here, he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and continued honing his journalism skills at the Peoria Journal Star.

Bob's rich journalism career included a 22-year sports writing tenure at the Chicago Sun-Times, where he produced award-winning pieces on Big Ten sports including football and basketball. Bob also shared his talent with newspapers in Detroit, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C. He wrote on professional baseball, boxing and football, among other sports. The Pille Collection is housed in the Sports Communication Resource Center in the Cullom-Davis Library.