Graney quickly became a beloved figure in Cleveland as his vivid re-creations captured the imaginations of many young fans, including future Frick Award winner Jack Buck.
“I didn’t want to be a policeman or fireman,” Buck said. “Jack made me want a living calling ball.”
In just his third season behind the mic, the former ballplayer was tabbed by CBS to call the World Series. Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis rejected the appointment, fearing that Graney’s biases from his diamond days would come into play. Graney wrote an impassioned letter arguing his case to Landis, who eventually relented and allowed Graney to enjoy one of his greatest broadcasting thrills during the 1935 Fall Classic.