Ford C. Frick Award: Qualified Retired Broadcasters
Ford C. Frick Award: Qualified Retired Broadcasters
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RICHIE ASHBURN: 35 years, all with the Phillies (1963-97) and retired…”Whitey” was a beloved figure in Philadelphia, where he both played and broadcast for almost 50 years…A center fielder, he played 12 season with the Phillies (1948-59) before finishing his career with two seasons as a Cub and one as a Met…Two-time batting champion and key member of the 1950 Philadelphia “Whiz Kids” World Series team…Was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995… Retired after the 1962 season and joined Byrum Saam and Bill Campbell in the Phillies’ broadcasting booth the following year where he remained a Philadelphia fixture for the next three and a half decades…Over the years he would share the Phillies broadcast booth with previous Ford C. Frick Award winners Saam (from 1963-75) and Harry Kalas (from 1971-97)…Awarded Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year in 1991…Ashburn’s 35-year broadcasting career ended when he passed away on Sept. 9, 1997.
BILLY BERROA: 45 years (Mets, 1960s, 1970s, 1987-93, 1997-2007; Yankees, 1980s; Phillies, 1994-96), the last 11 with the Mets as a Spanish radio announcer…A native of San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic…In his third stint with the Mets…Began covering Major League Baseball with the club in 1963…Was one of the Spanish voices of Major League Baseball post-season and All-Star competition from 1987 to 2004…Has completed 50 years of broadcasting Winter League Baseball in the Dominican Republic, the last 23 years with the Escogido Club…Has also covered the Caribbean Baseball Series and the Olympic Games, as well as professional boxing…On Oct. 17, 1998 was selected to the Dominican Republic’s Sports Hall of Fame…Passed away Oct. 17, 2007.
BUDDY BLATTNER: 26 seasons and retired…Liberty Game of the Day (1949-51), St. Louis Browns (1950-53), Mutual Game of the Day (1952-54), ABC Game of the Week (1953-54), CBS Game (1955-59), St. Louis Cardinals (1960-61), Los Angeles Angels (1962-65), California Angels (1966-68), Kansas City Royals (1969-75), NBC (1964, 1969)…As a player for St. Louis Browns, Blattner made some off-season income writing for local television shows in St. Louis…After his career, it was obvious to the Browns that his media experience would make him a great addition to radio station KWK’s baseball coverage…Buddy worked the final seasons for the Browns and worked the early years for two expansion franchises, the Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles/California Angels…He broadcast the famous at-bat by Eddie Gaedel in 1951 as orchestrated by Bill Veeck…Became widely known as the broadcast partner for Dizzy Dean on ABC and CBS national television broadcasts from 1953-59…Passed away Sept. 4, 2009.
LOU BOUDREAU: 33 years, all with Chicago Cubs (1958-90) and retired…A Hall of Fame shortstop, Boudreau slipped comfortably into the booth in 1958 and remained there until 1990…He first joined the Cubs on WGN as a color sidekick for Jack Quinlan in 1958…Boudreau left broadcasting briefly in 1960 for a stint as the Cubs manager…He worked with the legendary Harry Caray, who called Lou his “cup of tea”…Also worked with Ford Frick Award winner Milo Hamilton…Won the American League MVP in 1948, leading the Cleveland Indians to the World Series championship…Retired in 1952, after 15 big league seasons, with a lifetime batting average of .295…Passed away Aug. 10, 2001.
KEN BRETT: 10 seasons (Seattle, 1986; California, 1988-96) and retired…Former major leaguer worked as a color commentator on radio and television…Played for 10 teams over 14 big league seasons…Older brother of Hall of Famer George Brett…Passed away Nov. 18, 2003.
JIM BRITT: 13 years (Braves, 1940-42, 1946-52; Red Sox, 1940-42, 1946-52; Indians, 1954-57) and retired…Became a New England institution when he worked for both the Braves and Red Sox through the 1940s, only missing time to serve in World War II...Began his career with Buffalo of the International League…He broadcast seven All-star games and two World Series…Passed away Dec. 31, 1980.
LORN BROWN: 13 years (White Sox, 1976-79, 1983-88; Brewers, 1980-81; Mets, 1982) and retired…The Chicago native spent two tenures broadcasting White Sox games…Teamed up with the legendary Harry Caray on radio and television during his first tenure from 1976-1979…In between White Sox stints, he broadcast Brewers and Mets games…Did radio broadcasts of Cardinals games with Mike Shannon in 1974…Broke into baseball broadcasting with Triple-A Iowa Oaks…Has also broadcast high school, college and pro basketball…Passed away June 24, 2010.
STEVE BUSBY: 14 years overall, mostly with the Texas Rangers, and retired…Pitched for Kansas City Royals from 1972-80, winning 70 games and tossing two no-hitters before a torn rotator cuff ended his playing career…Inducted into Royals Hall of Fame in 1986…Joined Rangers television broadcasting crew in 1982, working as analyst with Merle Harmon…In 1986, joined KTVT-TV crew, spending next four years as analyst and acting as announcer from 1990-95…Also broadcast games for CBS Radio from 1987-94…Did college baseball telecasts for ESPN and also announced Royals games.
DAVE CAMPBELL: 26 years (Giants, 1978; Padres, 1979-89; Rockies, 1993-97; ESPN 1990-2008) and retired…Worked at ESPN as a television and radio broadcaster since 1990, serving both the play-by-play and analyst roles…He has also been a major part of ESPN’s postseason coverage…Entered the broadcast booth in 1978, when he left the dugout as a minor league manager to work on the San Francisco Giants radio network…Later shared the Padres’ microphone for 11 seasons with Jerry Coleman…Had a five-year stint on television with the Rockies…Played eight years (1967-74) in the big leagues with the Tigers, Padres, Cardinals and Astros as a utility infielder…Campbell’s first major league hit was a home run.
SKIP CARAY: 33 years (1976-2008), all with the Braves with TBS…Joined Turner Broadcasting in 1972 as voice of the NBA Atlanta Hawks and was added to Braves' telecasts in 1976…Caray and his son, Chip, made broadcast history when they joined Skip's dad, Harry, during a Braves-Cubs contest in May of 1991, becoming the first three-generation family to announce a major league game…Served as play-by-play announcer for baseball on TBS' coverage of the 1990 Goodwill Games…In 2002 participated in NBC's postseason baseball coverage…A six-time winner of the Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award, has won a local Emmy for sportscasting and was nominated for a 1994 Cable ACE Award…Passed away Aug. 3, 2008.
RENE CARDENAS: 38 years (Dodgers, 1958-61 and 1982-98; Astros, 1962-77; Rangers, 1981) and retired…Created the first Spanish-language MLB broadcasts in 1958, teaming with 1998 Ford C. Frick recipient Jaime Jarrin for the new West Coast Dodgers…Remained with the club through 1961 and then moved to the expansion Astros, pioneering Spanish language Baseball in Houston, as broadcast director and announcer from 1962-77… Conceived of, and organized the first international Broadcasting Network in Spanish from Houston to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America…Returned to baseball in 1981, pioneering Spanish language Baseball in the American League, as broadcast director and announcer with the Texas Rangers…From 1982-98 he again teamed with Jarrin on Dodger broadcasts…In 2000 was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame of Nicaragua and in 2002, into the “Salón de la Fama del Museo Nacional del Patrimonio Hispano de los Estados Unidos” in Texas….Began career at age 20, as principal broadcaster of the World Amateur Baseball Series XI in Managua, Nicaragua…In 1972, he broadcast all the games of the World Amateur Baseball Series XX in the same country and for many years he went to Nicaragua to broadcast winter baseball after the season.
PAUL CAREY: 19 years (1973-1991), all with Detroit Tigers and retired…Michigan native began radio career in 1949 at age 21, working in Mount Pleasant and Saginaw before joining WJR in Detroit in 1956…Long experience in high school sports, also was Detroit Pistons announcer before joining Tigers in 1973…Joined broadcasting legend Ernie Harwell and teamed with him for 19 years, retiring in 1991 when Harwell was dismissed from job…High points were announcing Mark Fidrych’s 1976 season and the 1984 championship season…Received numerous awards for his local broadcast work.
BOB CHANDLER: 32 years, all with San Diego (1972-2001) and retired…Had been a part of San Diego’s radio-TV broadcast team since 1972 until retirement in 2001…In addition to his broadcast work, he has also served as the Padres’ public relations director from 1978-83…The San Diego native, who graduated from San Diego State with a degree in Radio and Television, has also done such area sports as the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, the NBA’s San Diego Rockets, and San Diego State football and basketball…Began his career as a newsreel photographer.
ALAIN CHANTELOIS: 10 years, all with Montreal (1992-2001) and retired…Chantelois was a part-time broadcaster for the Expos’ French radio broadcasts from 1992 through the 2001 season…He teamed up with Jacques Doucet when Rodger Brulotte covered the team on television…From 1992 to 1995, Chantelois worked as the color man on Telemedia French Network for postseason games...In addition, he hosted a sports talk radio show after the baseball broadcasts.
TOM CHEEK: 31 years (Expos, 1974-76; Blue Jays, 1977-2004) and retired…Spent the final 28 years of his career with the Blue Jays as radio play-by-play man...When forced to retire during the 2004 season because of a brain tumor, was the only person to had worked every Blue Jays game...Broadcast for the Baseball Network, 1994-95…Called many post season games on Canada radio for Telemedia…Play-by-play experience includes baseball, basketball, football and hockey for the University of Vermont...From 1974 to 1976 was the swing man on Montreal Expos radio broadcasts on television nights...Member of the broadcast team for ABC Sports at the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid and 1984 Olympics at Sarajevo...Has broadcast college basketball for Mutual Radio Network…Passed away Oct. 9, 2005.
DON CHEVRIER: 21 years, all with Toronto Blue Jays (1977-96) and retired…Canadian native was in broadcasting for 47 years…Worked at least seven Olympic Games, both summer and winter, starting with Rome 1964, covering a variety of sports including boxing, hockey and curling…Anchored 20 Kentucky Derby radio broadcasts and other Triple Crown events…Was first Blue Jays announcer when franchise began, and stayed with them from 1977-1996, returning on part-time basis in 2001…Also the voice of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators…Won two “Nellies” (Canadian equivalent of Emmy) as sportscaster of the year, along with other awards in Canada…Passed away Dec. 17, 2007.
KEN COLEMAN: 35 years (Indians, 1954-63; Reds, 1975-78; Red Sox, 1966-74, 1979-89) and retired…A household name in New England…Started broadcasting Indians’ games in 1954 and continued behind the microphone for 11 years with them…In 1966, he returned to his native New England as the radio play-by-play announcer for the Red Sox…Replaced Curt Gowdy, who moved on the NBC…Teamed with Gowdy and Harry Caray on NBC’s coverage of the 1967 World Series…Broadcast Red Sox games through 1974 before heading back to Ohio for a four-year stint on Reds’ television…Returned to Fenway Park once again in 1979 spent his final 11 years behind the microphone for the Red Sox radio network…Passed away Aug. 21, 2003.
ULPIANO COS VILLA: 10 seasons and retired, all with the California Angels (1983-92)…Announcer for the California Angels’ Spanish radio network…Selected by CBS to handle the ALCS in 1982, the NLCS in 1984-88, the World Series in 1984, the All-star game in 1984-85, 87-88.
DIZZY DEAN: 24 years, in St. Louis and nationally, and retired...Hall of Fame pitcher with St. Louis Cardinals, elected in 1953...Last National League pitcher to win 30 games, in 1934...Arm injuries forced early retirement in 1941 at age 31, and he immediately turned to broadcasting, announcing both Cardinals and St. Louis Browns games on radio from 1941-46...Instant success as a broadcaster because of his exuberant personality and homespun humor...From 1947-49 announced Browns games exclusively...In 1950, went to New York as a television announcer, taking that city by storm during his two years there... Returned to St. Louis in 1952 and did Browns games on radio for two years, until team moved to Baltimore...After taking 1954 off, he joined CBS television and became the star of their "Game of the Week" telecast for the next 11 years, through 1965...Became a national sensation, as always for his combination of lively descriptions, candid opinions and at times, incorrect English and trouble with names...His pairing with Pee Wee Reese in the early 1960s is credited with bringing many new fans to baseball…Passed away July 17, 1974.
CONNIE DESMOND: 15 years (Yankees and Giants, 1942; Dodgers, 1943-56) and retired…One of the rare few to broadcast for all three New York teams – the Dodgers, Giants and Yankees…Came to New York in 1942 and teamed with Mel Allen on the Yankees/Giants package on WOR radio…Turned to Dodgers’ games from 1943-56 with Red Barber, Ernie Harwell and Vin Scully…Teamed with Barber, Scully and Harwell on the first live coast-to-coast Baseball telecast…Began career by calling the action for the Toledo Mudhens…Passed away March 10, 1983.
ORLANDO SANCHEZ-DIAGO: 21 years (Colt 45s/Astros 1962-76; 1987-92)…Judge Roy Hofheinz wanted to attract Spanish-speaking radio listeners to his Houston Colt 45's when the team debuted in 1962…His search for the perfect play-by-play man led him to Venezuela where he found Orlando Sanchez-Diago, a refugee from the recent Cuban Revolution...Sanchez-Diago began his career in Havana, Cuba and he broadcast throughout Latin America for many years...He was the "Dean" of Cuban baseball announcers…Was inducted into the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997.
LARRY DIERKER: 21 years (1979-96; 2004-06), all with the Astros, from 1979-96 as a color analyst on radio and TV, and since 2004 on television alone…A longtime staple in the Houston franchise, began his association with the club as a pitcher with the Colt .45s in 1964…In 39 years of service to the organization he has served as a player, front-office member, broadcaster, and manager…Left the booth after 1996 to manage the club from 1997-2001.
JERRY DOGGETT: 32 years, all with Dodgers and retired…Texas native began broadcasting career in 1938…Moved to Dallas in 1941 and spent 15 years there before joining Dodgers late in 1956 season…Versatile announcer of Southwest Conference football, Ryder Cup golf, basketball, and hockey…Teamed with legendary Vin Scully for his entire Dodgers career, retiring in 1987…Passed away July 7, 1997.
AL DOWNING: 27 years (Dodgers, 1971-91, 2005; CBS Radio, 1994-97; Braves, 2000) 22 with the Los Angeles Dodgers…From 1971-91, served as an analyst for Dodgers home games…Also worked on CBS Radio’s Game of the Week from 1994-97 and then for the Braves as a television analyst in 2000…Pitched 17 years in major leagues, winning 123 games…Led American League in strikeouts in 1964…Most famous for giving up Hank Aaron’s 715th career home run in 1974…Dodgers television commentator from 1978-88 and 1991-92…Also worked for KABC radio in Los Angeles from 1984-87.
DON DRYSDALE: 23 years total, for several teams and retired…Pitched for Dodgers from 1956-69, winning 209 games and setting records with six straight shutouts and 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968…Elected to Hall of Fame in 1984…Began announcing career with Montreal Expos in 1970-71, followed by one year with Texas Rangers and eight years with California Angels…Did national telecasts for ABC-TV for a decade beginning in 1977…Broadcaster for Chicago White Sox from 1982-87, then rejoined Dodgers in 1988, teaming with Vin Scully for six years until his sudden death during 1993 season…High point came with Dodgers in 1988, when he announced all games of Orel Hershiser’s assault on scoreless inning streak mark, openly rooting for Hershiser to break his own record…Passed away July 3, 1993.
RON FAIRLY: 25 years (Angels, 1982-86; Giants, 1987-92; Mariners, 1993-2006 ), the last 14 with the Mariners… From 1982-86 teamed with Bob Starr to broadcast Angels games on KMPC….Then moved to San Francisco, where he handled the Giants play-by-play and color duties on both radio and television for six years…Attended the University of Southern California and was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 1997…After earning All-America honors at USC, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 and played in the majors from 1958-78 with the Dodgers, Expos, Cardinals, Athletics, Blue Jays and Angels…In 2,442 games compiled a lifetime average of .266 with 215 home runs and 1,044 RBI…A two-time All-Star who played in four World Series.
PAT FLANAGAN: 15 seasons (White Sox, 1929-43; Cubs, 1929-43) and retired…One in a group of talented Chicago broadcasters that changed the way teams reached their fans over the radio…One of the first to recreate road games from a Western Union ticker…Primarily a Cubs fan, Flanagan was behind the microphone for both Chicago squads on WBBM…Covered the first All-star game from Comiskey Park in 1933…Also broadcast the 1932, 1934, and 1938 World Series for CBS…Passed way in 1963.
LANNY FRATTARE: 33 years (Pirates, 1976-2008), all with the Pirates, the longest tenure as a radio broadcaster with the club, surpassing 1986 Ford Frick Award winner Bob Prince who broadcast for 29 years (1948-75)….His association with the Pirates organization began in 1974 and 1975 when he broadcast games for the Triple-A Charleston (WV) Charlies…Joined the Pirates at the major league level in 1976.
JOSE GARCIA: 11 years, all with the Dodgers (1962-72) and retired…Brought Dodger games to Spanish-speaking fans for 11 years...his career was cut short by illness in 1972...Native of Nicaragua...Often broadcasted winter league games in Latin America... Teamed with 1998 Frick Award Winner Jaime Jarrin.
EARL GILLESPIE: 11 years, all with the Milwaukee Braves (1953-63), and retired…Spent 40 years as a sportscaster… Also did radio broadcasts of the 1957 and 1958 World Series for NBC Radio…Inducted into the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001…An eight-time winner of Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year…Began sportscasting career in Green Bay…First came to Milwaukee in 1951 to broadcast games for the minor league Milwaukee Brewers…Was chosen by Miller Beer to broadcast Braves games when the team moved to Milwaukee from Boston…Also broadcast Wisconsin University football (1957-86) and was voice of the Green Bay Packers (1952-56)…Broadcast Marquette University basketball in the early 1950s...Passed away Dec. 12, 2003.
JOHN GORDON: 34 years (Orioles, 1970-73; Yankees, 1982-86; Twins, 1987-2011), the final 25 as the Twins' radio play-by-play voice, and retired…The Detroit native began his broadcasting career with the Spartanburg Phillies in 1965 after graduating from the University of Indiana…After five years with Spartanburg, Gordon joined the Baltimore Orioles where he remained until 1973, when he accepted the broadcasting job at the University of Virginia to become the voice of Cavaliers football and basketball…From there he joined the Yankees' Class AAA affiliate Columbus Clippers from 1977-81, before moving to New York in 1982. For his work with the Spartanburg Phillies, Gordon was inducted into the South Atlantic League's Hall of Fame on June 19, 2001, joining Walter Alston, Murray Cook and Tommy Lasorda in that year's class….He was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2008.
GEORGE GRANDE: 21 years (Yankees, 1989-90; Cardinals, 1991-92; Reds, 1993-2009) and retired…Spent final 17 seasons on Reds television broadcasts…Overall, a 36-year veteran of the broadcasting business…Anchored the first-ever ESPN SportsCenter telecast on Sept. 7, 1979…Has emceed 29 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies since 1981.
JACK GRANEY: 21 seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1932-44, 1946-53) and retired... The first player to make successful transition from the field to the broadcast booth…He used his experience from 14 seasons on the diamond to turn telegraphic recreations into an art form…He was chosen to do the All-star game and World Series of 1935…Cleveland Plain Dealer writer Bob Dolgan said of Graney, “you could smell the resin in the dugouts, feel the clean smack of ball against bat and see the hawkers in the stands…Passed away April 20, 1978.
HANK GREENWALD: 22 years (Giants, 1979-86, 89-98; Yankees, 1987-88; A’s, 2004-05), A Bay Area staple for much of his career…After a brief retirement, returned to broadcast two seasons for the Athletics…A respected voice in radio broadcasting, spent 18 seasons with the Giants and two with the Yankees, retiring after the 1998 season…Was with the Giants from 1979-86 and 1989-98, spending the 1987 and ’88 seasons in the Yankee broadcast booth…Also called Hawaii Islander games in the PCL prior to major league broadcast career.
WAYNE HAGIN: 24 years (Athletics, 1981; Giants 1987-88; White Sox, 1989-1991; Rockies, 1993-2002; Cardinals, 2003-2006; Mets, 2008- ), the last four with the Mets’ radio team, and retired…First play-by-play voice of the Colorado Rockies and held duties for 10 seasons… Did both radio and television during three season in St. Louis… Named Colorado Sportscaster of the Year in 2000… Called National League Division Series in 2000 and 2006.
MERLE HARMON: 30 seasons (Kansas City A’s, 1955-61; Milwaukee Braves, 1964-65; Milwaukee Brewers, 1970-79; Minnesota, 1967-69; Texas, 1982-89) and retired…ABC Game of the Week (1965), NBC (1980-81)…Merle broke into play-by-play as announcer for the Class C Topeka Owls in 1949…A “heartland announcer” described as having a “breezy, relaxed, and stylish” delivery…The American Sportscasters Association honored him in 1993 with the Graham McNamee Award, given to a sportscaster who has achieved success in a second field of endeavor…In 1996, Merle was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame...He also broadcast for the NFL and the Winter Olympics…Passed away April 15, 2009.
FRAN HEALY: 28 years (Yankees, 1978-83; Mets, 1984-05), the last 22 with the Mets, as part of the Fox Sports New York/MSG cable broadcasting team…The host of “Halls of Fame,” a nationally-syndicated monthly sports television show…Compiled a .250 lifetime average in 470 big league games in nine seasons.
MIKE HEGAN: 35 years (Brewers, 1977-88; Cleveland, 1989-2011), the last 23 with the Indians, and retired…Teamed with Tom Hamilton for 14 years in the Indians radio booth and spent 30 years in the TV booth….Spent 18 seasons providing analysis for Tribe games on WUAB-TV43 and Fox Sports Net…Prior to joining the Indians in 1989, he spent 12 seasons as a television announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers…Played 12 years in the majors with the Yankees, Pilots, Brewers and the Athletics…Represented Seattle in the 1969 All-Star Game and played on the 1972 World Championship Oakland Athletics team…The son of former Indians catcher, Jim Hegan, who played with the Tribe for 14 seasons.
AL HELFER: 23 years (Pirates, 1933-34; Reds, 1935-36; Yankees, 1937-38; Brooklyn Dodgers, 1939-41, 1955-57; Yankees, 1945; New York Giants, 1945, 1949; Phillies, 1958; Houston, 1962; Oakland, 1968-69; Mutual, 1950-54), and retired…Former college athlete, once offered baseball contract by Connie Mack but instead got into broadcasting…Play-by-play broadcaster for Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Brooklyn Dodgers, Phillies, New York Giants, Houston and Oakland A’s…In 1950, began a five-year stint calling the Mutual “Game of the Day,” where he got his nickname “Mr. Radio Baseball”…At its peak during Helfer’s tenure, the “Game of the Day” had almost 1,500 radio outlets throughout the world…During his career he traveled an estimated five million miles…Also broadcast a number of World Series for NBC…Claimed to have formed, with Red Barber, the first play-by-play broadcast team…Broadcast 14 no-hitters, the last being Catfish Hunter’s perfect game in 1968, as well as Johnny Vander Meer’s second consecutive no-hitter in 1938…Also broadcast collegiate football, including Army-Navy tilts and numerous Rose Bowl contests…Passed away on May 16, 1975.
HARRY HEILMANN: 17 years, all with the Tigers (1934-50), and retired…A Detroit fixture on both the playing field and behind the microphone for 34 years…One of the game’s truly great right-handed hitters, the longtime right fielder played big league ball for 17 seasons (1914, 1916-32), the first 15 with the Tigers, before finishing playing career with a two-year stint with the Reds…Ended his career with four batting championships and a .342 lifetime mark, topped off by hitting .403 in 1923…Was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1952…Enjoyed vast popularity as a player, but when he took his spot behind a microphone at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium his popularity soared to new heights and became known as the “Voice of the Tigers” through his 17-year tenure…Began broadcasting Tigers games on radio station WXYZ-AM in 1934…By the late 1940s was also broadcasting Tigers games on television station WWDT-TV…Passed away on July 9, 1951.
NORM HITZGES: 10 years, all with the Texas Rangers (1981, 1986-89, 1991-95) and retired…From 1986 to 1995, spent every season broadcasting Rangers cable television games with the exception of the 1990 when he worked baseball games for ESPN…From 1986-1988, teamed with Merle Harmon and Bob Carpenter, and from 1991-1994 was paired with Greg Lucas…Has also broadcast Dallas Mavericks basketball, and college football and basketball.
FRED HOEY: 14 seasons with the Boston Red Sox (1925-38) and Boston Braves (1925-38) and retired…Respected as a knowledgeable broadcaster, this native New Englander was a Boston writer turn broadcaster…Presided over the Yankee Network from Augusta, Maine to Hartford, Connecticut…Baseball broadcasting pioneer, he was the one full-time broadcaster on the east coast until New York teams ended a ban on broadcasts in 1938…Fired after the 1936 season, fans including Franklin D. Roosevelt rallied to his defense…His one World Series appearance in 1933 ended in disappointment when he was robbed of his voice by a cold…Honored in 1931 with a special day at Braves Field, and attended by more than 30,000 fans…Upon his passing on Nov. 17, 1949, he was remembered by The Boston Globe as “credited with building up baseball broadcasting to the lofty spot it holds in the American sports scene today”…Passed away on Nov. 17. 1949.
MARK HOLTZ: 17 years (1981-97) and retired, all with the Texas Rangers, before leukemia took his life Sept. 7, 1997…Began his career in 1981 calling Rangers’ action on television…Took over as the play-by-play voice on radio in 1982…Teamed with Eric Nadel for the next 13 years before moving back to television in 1995…An eight-time Texas Sportscaster of the Year, he was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990…Called four no-hitters and two perfect games and his familiar “Hello Win Column!” followed every Rangers’ victory.
WAITE HOYT: 25 seasons, all with the Cincinnati Reds (1942-65, 1972), and retired…One of the first to transition from the playing field into the broadcast booth…Broadcast one World Series, when the Reds went in 1961…Made a successful transfer to the Cincinnati broadcast booth after 20 years as a Hall of Fame pitcher… Was the last of the Major League announcers to abandon telegraphic recreations of away games…Waite’s rain delay broadcasts were filled with reminiscences of the golden days of baseball…They were so popular, they were made into an LP entitled, “The Best of Waite Hoyt in the Rain.”...Hoyt as elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, after pitching for six pennant winners in New York in the 1920s and 21 seasons overall…Passed away Aug. 25, 1984.
TOM HUSSEY: 11 years (Red Sox, 1944-54; Boston Braves, 1944-50) and retired…A World War II era broadcaster who specialized in recreating games.
ERNIE JOHNSON: 35 years (1962-99), and retired, all with the Braves in Milwaukee (1962-65) and Atlanta (1966-91, 1995-99)...Retired following the 1991 season after 30 consecutive seasons...Has been affiliated with the Braves organization for over 50 years as a player, public relations director, director of broadcasting and announcer...Came out of retirement to broadcast six more years for FOX SportsSouth and TBS, including the 2003 season...Pitched in majors from 1950, 1952-58 for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves, including the 1957 world champion Braves...Finished playing career with Orioles in 1959...Three-time winner of the Georgia Broadcaster of the Year Award (1977, 1983 and 1986)...Earned three Southeastern Regional TV Emmys (1993, 1995 and 1997)...Won the Silver Circle Award for 25 years of excellence in broadcasting from the National Academy of Television...Received the "Mr. Baseball" Award in 1994 from the Braves 400 Club, for contributing significantly to the promotion of baseball in the Atlanta area….Passed away on Aug. 12, 2011.
JIM KAAT: 20 years (Yankees, 1986, 1995-2006 ; Braves, 1987; Twins, 1988; CBS Sports 1989-93), 13 with the Yankees, including final 12 as a television analyst for the YES Network and WCBS-TV…In 1995 was nominated for the New York Emmy award in the “On Camera Achievement” category…In 1996, and 1998 respectively, was on the team that won New York Emmy Awards for “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage-Single Program” for coverage of Dwight Gooden’s no hitter and David Wells’ perfect game…In 1998, MSG’s Yankee telecasts also won the New York Emmy for “Outstanding Live Sports Coverage Series-Professional”…Also provided pre-game insights on telecasts…In 1995 also called ALDS for the Baseball Network and ABC Sports…Previously spent one year as the chief analyst on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”…Served as the primary analyst for CBS Sports from 1989-93….Began baseball broadcasting career as an analyst working for the Home Team Sports Network, covering minor league games before resuming his playing career for two more seasons…In 1984-85 was the chief correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and covered the World Series...In 1988 covered Olympic baseball on NBC and handled spring training feature sports, the college World Series and the Major League Playoffs and World Series for ESPN…Reached the big leagues in 1959 with the Senators and went on the play for the Twins, White Sox, Phillies, Yankees and the Cardinals….A member of six divisional champions, two pennant winners and the 1982 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.
AL KALINE: 26 years, all with the Detroit Tigers (1976-2001), and retired…After his Hall of Fame playing career, spent 26 consecutive seasons providing color commentary in the Tigers television booth…First three years were with WWJ-TV, then 16 years with WDIV-TV, and the final seven years with WKDB-TV…Joined fellow Hall of Fame player George Kell in the television booth for the first time in 1976, two seasons after retiring as a player…Would remain a partner of Kell’s for the first 21 years of his broadcasting career…Paired up with Ernie Harwell, a 1981 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, for two seasons (1997-98)…Kaline spent 22 seasons in the big leagues (1953-1974), all with the Tigers, as a right fielder…The 18-time All-Star, who finished his playing career with 3,007 hits, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, his first year of eligibility…After his broadcast career, joined the Tigers front office.
GEORGE KELL: 37 years, all with the Tigers (1959-63, 1965-96), and retired…After a Hall of Fame playing career, became a broadcasting fixture in Detroit…With the exception of 1964, broadcast Detroit games from 1959 to 1996…While sitting out the 1957 season with an injury while playing for the Orioles, Kell was first exposed to broadcasting…Began airing pre-game programming for Baltimore in 1958, and joined the Tigers in 1959 as a radio-television commentator…Teamed up with fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline for the television broadcasts of Tigers games from 1976 to 1996…Played 15 big league seasons (1943-1957) with the Philadelphia Athletics, Tigers, Red Sox, White Sox and Orioles as a third baseman…Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983…Passed away March 24, 2009.
HARMON KILLEBREW: 12 years overall (Twins, 1976-78, 1984-88; A’s, 1979-82), mostly with the Minnesota Twins and retired…Prepared for announcing by hosting pre-game show for his final 12 years as a Twins player…Ranks No. 11 on all-time home run list with 573…Topped 40 home runs in eight seasons and 100 RBI in nine seasons…Elected to Hall of Fame in 1984…Joined Twins television network at WTCN in 1976 upon announcing his retirement after a 22-year career…Turned down offer to manage Texas Rangers in 1977 in order to continue as announcer…Twins broadcaster from 1976-78, then with Oakland A’s from 1979-82, returned to Twins in 1984 and stayed through 1988 before going into private business…Passed away May 17, 2011.
RALPH KINER: 47 years (White Sox, 1961; Mets, 1962-2007), the last 46 with the Mets… Has broadcast for them since their inception in 1962… In 2002, Shea Stadium’s TV Broadcasting booth was named in his honor… Has won three Emmy Awards for broadcasting…Joined the newborn Mets in 1962 after a storied 10-year playing career that earned him election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1975… After his retirement, Kiner was the General Manager of the Pacific Coast League’s San Diego Padres and he also did announcing for the Chicago White Sox with Ford Frick Award winner Bob Elson before joining the Mets…Was elected to the Mets Hall of Fame and the State of Pennsylvania’s Hall of Fame…In 1990 received the William Slocum Award for Long and Meritorious Service at the New York Baseball Writers Dinner…His uniform No. 4 was retired in the summer of 1987 in ceremonies at Pittsburgh.
BILL KING: 25 years (A’s. 1981-2005), all with the A’s as the lead radio play-by-play man, and retired…Has spent five decades thrilling fans with his vivid descriptions of some of the most historical moments in the annals of three of the Bay Area’s major sports franchises – the San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders and the A’s…Was stationed on the island of Guam at the end of World War II when he began his broadcasting career with the Armed Forces Radio Network…Launched his sportscasting career in the late 1940’s in Pekin, Ill., broadcasting minor league baseball, along with high school football and basketball games…Passed away Oct. 18, 2005.
JEFF KINGERY: 17 years (1993-2009), all with the Rockies as a radio announcer and retired…Moved from California to Colorado and KOA Radio to broadcast the Denver Bears' Triple A games in 1981…Before joining the Rockies' broadcast team he was the voice of the NBA's Denver Nuggets for 11 seasons.
BOB KURTZ: 18 seasons (Twins, 1979-88; Red Sox, 1993-2000) and retired…Television play-by-play broadcaster also worked as the voice of the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox…Also worked as a hockey broadcaster.
FRANCE LAUX: 18 years (1929-48) and retired…The voice of St. Louis Baseball and a pioneer in Baseball radio broadcasting with the Browns (1929-43, ‘48) and Cardinals (1929-43, ’45)… Also called network games for CBS (1933-38), and Mutual Game of the Day (1939-41, ’44)… Behind the microphone for KMOX, he called Cardinals and Browns home games live from Sportsman’s Park and recreated road games…A quiet, low-key broadcaster…Was CBS Radio’s World Series announcer from 1933-38 and broadcast the All-Star Game from 1934-41…Other highlights include broadcasting the first night game from Sportsman’s Park, Pete Gray’s debut, Carl Hubbell’s five strikeout performance in the ’34 mid-summer classic and Ted Williams’ game-ending three run home run in the ’41 game…Passed away Nov. 16, 1978.
VINCE LLOYD: 32 years (1955-86), all in Chicago, and retired, with the White Sox (1955-64) and Cubs (1965-86)…Began calling White Sox games on television with Jack Brickhouse in 1955…Took over as the Cubs’ lead play-by-play radio man in 1965, following the death of Jack Quinlan…Following his career behind the microphone, he served as co-general manager of The Tribune Company’s radio syndication, helping to expand the Cubs’ affiliate network…Was the first announcer to interview an American president at a baseball game, John F. Kennedy on Opening Day, April 10, 1961 in Washington…Passed away July 3, 2003.
JOHN LOWENSTEIN: 10 seasons, all with Baltimore (1986-95) and retired…Provided a humorous approach to color commentary on television broadcasts…John played for three teams over 16 big league seasons.
NED MARTIN: 32 years (1961-92), and retired, all with the Red Sox…Began career as Curt Gowdy’s radio partner and stayed with radio for 18 years with 11 different partners…From 1979 through 1992, he called the play-by-play on Red Sox television…Also worked on ALCS coverage on CBS radio four times, and broadcast the 1975 World Series for NBC-TV…Known throughout New England for his wryly descriptive style and his familiar exclamation, “Mercy!”…Broke into broadcasting as an announcer in the American Association…Passed away July 23, 2002.
SEAN MCDONOUGH: 17 years (1988-2004), all with Boston…Provided play-by-play for WSBK and WBZ television…In 1992 and 1993, called plays for CBS Baseball’s regular season, the All-Star Game, the League Championship and the World Series…Covered the ’92, ’94 and ’98 Winter Olympics for CBS.
GRAHAM McNAMEE: 13 years (1923-35) and retired, for Westinghouse (1923-25) and NBC (1926-35)…A pioneer in sports broadcasting, he called 12 World Series on radio, beginning in 1923…Gave instant credibility to the birth of the National Broadcast Company (NBC) in 1926…Dubbed “the greatest announcer we ever had” by Red Barber…A former Broadway singer, he also pioneered radio broadcasts in 10 other sports, including boxing, tennis and football…Passed away May 9, 1942.
FRANK MESSER: 24 years (Baltimore, 1964-67; Yankees, 1968-85; White Sox, 1986-87) and retired…A longtime voice of the Yankees, he did radio and television broadcasts for the Bronx Bombers for 18 years…After serving in the Marines during World War II, he began as a minor league baseball broadcaster, eventually working for the Class AAA Richmond team from 1954-63…After a three-year stint with the big league Orioles, he replaced Joe Garagiola in the Yankees’ booth in 1968 (joining Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Coleman)...Eventually, former big league first baseman Bill White would join Rizzuto and Messer, forming a trio that remained together for a number of years…After leaving the Yankees in 1985, called White Sox games for two seasons…Worked the 1966 World Series while with the Orioles, and the 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1981 Fall Classics as a member of the Yankees’ broadcast team…Also broadcast Baltimore Colts football and New York Knicks basketball…Passed away Nov. 13, 2001.
AL MICHAELS: 25 years (1971-1995) and retired, with the Reds (1971-73), Giants (1974-76), NBC (1972), ABC (1976-89), and the Baseball Network (1994-95), …One of ABC mainstays on Baseball broadcasts...Resume includes calling seven World Series, six All-Star Games and eight LCS…Also covered the 1995 Divisional Playoffs.
BOB MONTGOMERY: 14 years (1982-95), all with the Red Sox, and retired…After a decade as Red Sox backup catcher, he retired in 1979…Was the last player not to use a batting helmet, preferring cap liner instead…In 1979, began working as sportscaster and talk-show host with WITS in Boston…In 1982, joined announcing crew at WSBK-TV, where he stayed 14 years…Partnered first with Ned Martin and later with Sean McDonough.
MONTE MOORE: 21 years (A’s, 1962-77, 1987, 1992), most with the Athletics, and retired…Native Oklahoman had long career in local sports broadcasting in Oklahoma and Kansas before joining Kansas City Athletics in 1962…Stayed with team when they moved to Oakland in 1968 and never missed a game during his first 16-year stint with them… Was part of NBC’s national broadcast team when Athletics appeared in the World Series from 1972-1974…Left after 1977 to operate his own radio station in California, and spent three years as “Game of the Week” announcer for NBC-TV, then six years with USA Network…Also announced college basketball and football for many years…Returned to announce Athletics games in 1987 and again in 1992.
GUSTAVO LOPEZ MORENO: 23 years, all with the San Diego Padres (1969-91), and retired…Brought Padres’ action to Spanish-speaking fans from the club’s inception in 1969 until 1991…His CBS Hispanic Network calls (1977-92) have been heard on the All-Star Game, nine League Championship Series, and on World Series broadcasts beamed to approximately 100 stations in the United States and Latin America…He also served as the general manager of XEXX Radio, which was the Padres’ flagship Spanish carrier, which had established a 25-station network throughout Mexico.
JOE MORGAN: 25 years (Giants, 1986-94; A’s, 1995; ESPN, 1990-2010), mostly as a network analyst…Analyst for ESPN's weekly Sunday Night Baseball telecasts for 21 seasons…Worked Division Series games for ESPN from 1996-2000…In 2002 provided analysis on ESPN-produced Division Series telecasts on ABC Family…Won a Sports Emmy for his work in 1997…Provided analysis for NBC from 1994 to 2000, including The Baseball Network…Previously worked Oakland Athletics' home games on Sports Channel (1995) and San Francisco Giants' games (1986-94)…From 1985-88, he worked as a college baseball analyst for ESPN…Began broadcasting career in 1985 covering Cincinnati Reds games for WLWT-TV, the local NBC affiliate…He also worked as a baseball analyst on NBC’s national telecasts. ..Morgan served as an analyst on select ABC Monday Night Baseball telecasts and as an analyst for the 1988 League Championship Series on ABC…Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990.
BOBBY MURCER: 25 years (1983-2007), all with the Yankees…Was in the radio booth as color analyst from 1983-85, and was on television from 1987 through 2008, serving as assistant general manager for the Yankees in 1986…Over a 17-year career hit .277 with 252 HR and 1,043 RBI…Appeared in one World Series and five All-Star games…One of the most popular Yankees when he played and as a broadcaster…Passed away July 12, 2008.
ANDY MUSSER: 26 years (1976-2001), all with the Phillies, and retired…The longtime member of the Phillies broadcast booth replaced By Saam, who retired after 38 years of broadcasting in Philadelphia, in 1976…Teamed with Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn for more than 20 years…Before arriving in Philadelphia, he worked as a member of the KSDO radio staff in San Diego where he broadcast San Diego Chargers’ football games…From 1965-71, he worked at WCAU radio and television in Philadelphia, broadcasting Eagles football and 76ers basketball…Only missed two games while with Phillies because of health, both due to laryngitis…While working for CBS-TV from 1971-74, covered World Series, Super Bowl, a Final Four and the Masters…Graduated from Syracuse University in 1959…Winner of Junior Sportscaster Award in 1956 and, at the age of 18, worked several innings of a Phillies game with Saam and Gene Kelly…Passed away on Jan. 22, 2012.
BOB NEAL: 15 seasons with the Cleveland Indians (1946, 1949, 1952-53, 1957-67) and retired…Cleveland favorite, worked alongside great Jimmy Dudley for many years….Passed away Dec. 29, 1983.
JIM NORTHRUP: 10 years, all with the Tigers (1985-94), and retired…A former Tiger star who came back and broadcast the team for 10 seasons after his playing career was over…Spent his broadcasting career on Tigers cable television games (Pro-Am Sports Systems)…Has teamed up in the broadcast booth with Larry Osterman, Bill Freehan, Jim Price and Ernie Harwell…A 12-year big league veteran (1964-75), he played his first 10 and a half seasons as an outfielder with Detroit…Also spent time with the Orioles and Expos…Perhaps best remembered for hitting two grand slams in one game in 1968…Had the game-winning triple in Game Seven of the 1968 World Series against the Cardinals…Passed away June 8, 2011.
JOE NUXHALL: 38 years, all with the Reds (1967-04)…Teamed with 2000 Frick Winner Marty Brennaman for 31 seasons (1974-04)…Had been with the Reds for 53 years…Pitched in the majors for 16 years (1944, 1952-’66), including all or parts of 15 seasons with the Reds…At 15 years old on June 10, 1944, became the youngest player in modern day history to appear in a major league game, a record that still stands…Passed away Nov. 15, 2007.
BILL O’DONNELL: 17 years (1966-82) with the Orioles, and retired…Joined the Baltimore broadcast team in 1966, after spending 13 years as the voice of Syracuse University football…Member of NBC television’s “Game of the Week” team from 1969 to 1976…Also covered the 1975 ALCS for NBC-TV and the 1969 & ’71 World Series for NBC-TV and radio…Passed away Oct. 29, 1982.
PAUL OLDEN: 16 years and retired (Indians, 1988-89; Angels, 1991; Yankees, 1994-96; FOX Sports Net, 1997; Devil Rays, 1998-2004)…Last seven seasons were in the Tampa Bay radio booth…From 1994-96, he called action for the New York Yankees on WPIX-TV, including the Yankees' World Championship season of 1996….Received first big-league job as a play-by- play voice of the Cleveland Indians from 1988-89, then served in the same capacity for the California Angels in 1991…Also broadcast regional games for ESPN in '91 and '92…Earned a New York Emmy Award for best local sports coverage in 1993, and from 1994-2003, he has served as the public address announcer at the Super Bowl…Has served as Yankees public address announcer since 2009.
FERGIE OLIVER: 16 years, all with the Blue Jays (1981-96), and retired…This former minor league outfielder and native of Canada spent his entire broadcasting career with the Blue Jays…After his minor league career was over, returned to Western Canada to play for Saskatoon/Medicine Hat in the semi-pro Western Baseball League…Started working in radio and television in the Moose Jaw/Regina area and in 1969 came east to CFCF-TV in Montreal…Moved to CFTO-TV in Toronto and stayed for 15 years before resigning in 1984.
LARRY OSTERMAN: 25 years (Tigers, 1967-77, 1984-92; Twins, 1979-83), and retired…Was a television staple for fans of the Detroit Tigers, starting in 1967 with George Kell on WJBK-TV…He made a name for himself covering sports in Kalamazoo, Michigan for 19 years on radio and television…Larry is also known for doing college hockey and basketball in his home state.
TOM PACIOREK: 19 years overall (White Sox, 1988-99; Tigers, 2000; Braves, 2001-05; Nationals 2006), and retired…Served as Fox Sports Net South’s analyst for its Braves telecast package for five years…Spent the previous 12 years as an analyst for Chicago White Sox telecasts on FSN and WGN…In 15-plus seasons as a player, suited up with the Dodgers, Braves, Mariners, White Sox, Mets and Rangers…Posted a lifetime batting average of .282 with 86 home runs and 503 RBI in 1,392 games….His first broadcasting experience came in 1984 with the White Sox and again in 1987 with the Rangers, both occurring when he was on the disabled list.
GREG PAPA: 19 years (Athletics, 1990-03; Giants, 2004-09) and retired… Joined the Giants in 2004 after spending 14 years across the Bay as the television voice of the Athletics…Also handles radio play-by-play duties for the Oakland Raiders and college basketball play-by-play for FOX Sports Net…A familiar voice in the Bay Area since 1986 when he took over radio play-by-play chores with the Golden State Warriors, a position he held through the 1997 season…Following his stint with the Warriors, he served as the television play-by-play voice for the San Antonio Spurs for three seasons (1997-2000).
GARY PARK: 15 years (1973-87), all with San Francisco Giants…longtime reporter, anchor, and sports director with KTVU in San Francisco…also worked on stations in Chicago and Sacramento…joined Giants television crew in 1973 and remained through 1987, teaming with Lon Simmons and Joe Morgan among others…also announcer for University of San Francisco basketball, Oakland Raiders, and professional team tennis…Passed away May 6, 2009.
ROSS PORTER: 28 years (1977-2004), all with Los Angeles, and retired…In addition to television play-by-play duties, hosted the Dodgers' postgame "DodgerTalk" Show…Provided play-by-play for the 1977 and 1978 World Series and the 1984 NL Championship Series on CBS Radio and the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers' flagship station…Won the Southern California Sportscaster Association's Tom Harmon Award for Radio Sports Anchor in 1991 and Radio Talk Show Host award in 1992 and 1993…Also won "Best Talk Show" honors at the SCSBA's annual awards in February 1999…Holds the major league record for the longest consecutive play-by-play by one announcer when he called the action in a 22-inning game between the Dodgers and Expos on Aug. 23, 1989…For that broadcast, was honored with a Special Achievement Award by the SCSBA in 1990…A play-by-play announcer since the age of 14, the University of Oklahoma graduate is the only broadcaster to have called the action for both a World Series champion (1981 and 1988 Dodgers) and an NCAA basketball champion (1990 UNLV)…Won an Emmy during his 10-year stint as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV before joining the Dodgers…Called NFL games for NBC-TV from 1970-76.
JACK QUINLAN: 10 years (1955-64) and retired, all with the Cubs…His career was cut short due to a fatal automobile accident during spring training in 1965…The voice of the Cubs teamed with Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau from 1958-64…Was the cross-town protégé of the popular White Sox’ voice, Bob Elson…Broadcast for NBC in 1960.
JAY RANDOLPH: 29 years (Cardinals, 1973-87, 2007-2010; Reds, 1988; Marlins, 1993-2001), 19 with the Cardinals…Broadcasting career spans 46 years, beginning in West Virginia in 1958…broadcast Dallas Cowboys football in early 1960s, then moved to St. Louis in 1966…Joined Cardinals television team in 1973…stayed with Cardinals through 1987, worked for Reds in 1988, and became first Florida Marlins announcer in 1993, remaining through 2001 season…Also renowned for decades of work in college basketball, pro football, several golf tours, and three Olympics…Three-time local “Emmy” Award winner and charter member of National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.
BOB RATHBUN: 13 years (Tigers 1992-94, Braves 1997-2006) and retired…Other major league experience includes doing play-by-play for three seasons on WJR Radio in Detroit with the Tigers…Has called a variety of college and professional sports, currently working on Atlanta Hawks telecasts with Mark Price and Grant Long…A six-time Virginia Sportscaster of the Year…Earned his first Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award in 1998.
CLAUDE RAYMOND: 29 years (1973-2001), all with the Expos, and retired…A fixture in Montreal, for 17 seasons (1985-2001) was an analyst on CBC television games after fulfilling the same duties on radio for 12 years (1973-84)…Spent 12 seasons (1959, 1961-71) as a big league relief pitcher, toiling for the White Sox, Milwaukee Braves, Astros, Atlanta Braves and Expos…Was named to the 1966 All-Star team as a member of the Astros…In 1969, became the first Canadian to wear an Expos big league uniform…Inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Expos Hall of Fame in 1993…On a major league coaching staff for the first time when appointed as roving coach with the Expos in February 2002.
PEE WEE REESE: 11 years, mostly on network television…played 16 years in majors leagues with the Dodgers…Long-time team captain, led Dodgers to seven National League pennants…compiled 2,170 hits, but best known for leadership role in accepting Jackie Robinson as team member starting in 1947…Elected to Hall of Fame in 1984…retired in 1958, and in 1960 joined CBS-TV announcing team, partnered with Dizzy Dean on “Game of the Week” telecasts…after six years with CBS, teamed with Curt Gowdy on NBC’s “Game of the Week” telecasts for three years…Also did Cincinnati Reds telecasts for two years…Passed away Aug. 14, 1999.
PHIL RIZZUTO: 40 years (1957-96), all with the Yankees and retired…This former All-Star shortstop, elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994, and has been associated with the Yankees for over five decades… “The Scooter” spent 13 big league seasons (1941-42, 1946-56) with the Bronx Bombers, helping them win seven of nine World Series during his tenure…Was named American League MVP in 1950…Upon retiring as a player, he spent 40 years as a popular Yankee announcer…Teamed with Frank Messer and Bill White in the broadcast booth for 15 of those years…In 1991 was elected to the American Sportscasters’ Hall of Fame…Known for such expressions as “holy cow” and “that huckleberry”…Yankees retired his number 10 in 1985…To make room for Enos Slaughter, the Yankees released Rizzuto in August 1956, but a sponsor convinced the team to hire Rizzuto for the announcing booth the next season (where he would replace Jim Woods)…Passed away Aug. 13, 2007.
BROOKS ROBINSON: 16 years (1978-93), all with Baltimore Orioles…Played 23 seasons with Orioles and holds many records, including best lifetime fielding percentage for third basemen…MVP in 1964, 18-time All-Star, starred in 1970 World Series…Had 2,842 hits and won 16 straight Gold Gloves…Elected to Hall of Fame in 1983…Joined Orioles television broadcast crew on WMAR-TV in 1978, teaming with Frick Award winner Chuck Thompson…Remained as announcer through 1993, turning down several offers to manage in favor of announcing.
JIM ROOKER: 13 years (1981-93), all with Pirates, and retired…Played 13 years in majors as a pitcher, winning 103 games…Starting pitcher in Game Five of 1979 World Series, strong effort helped Pirates win to stay alive…Retired after 1980 season and began broadcast career with Pirates on KDKA radio in 1981…In 1989, when Pirates took early 10-0 lead in Philadelphia, he said “if we lose this game, I’ll walk home”…Pirates lost, and he turned chagrin into charity opportunity, staging “Rook’s Unintentional Walk” in October, walking 315 miles from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and raising $40,000 for charities.
ROSEY ROWSWELL: 19 seasons, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1936-54), and retired…In 1925 was given a watch by the World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates that read, “most faithful fan”…When the Pirates finally decided to broadcast all of their home games over KDKA radio, they decided to go with their number one fan on the air…The decision turned to gold, when Rosey turned out to be more popular than most Pirates players over the next 19 seasons…He invented his own language behind the microphone…A “dipsy-dodle” was a strikeout pitch, and his signature home run call was “raise the window, Aunt Minnie, here she comes”…Silences on the air were not uncommon as Rosey walked around his chair to give the Pirates good luck…A Pirates backer until the end, he was never accused of being too impartial…Commissioner Landis once opined, “there are people living in and around Pittsburgh who don’t’ even know the names of the other seven clubs in the National League.”…Passed away in 1955.
JEAN-PIERRE ROY: 16 seasons and retired, with the Montreal Expos (1969-83) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1978)…Worked the French language broadcasts for the two Canadian teams.
FRANCISCO ERNSTO RUIZ: 15 seasons, all in Houston as the play-by-play and color commentator for the Astros Spanish radio broadcasts…A 28-year veteran of the broadcasting industry, spent four years with KXMG-FM as play-by-play announcer for Hispanic broadcasts of the Tucson Toros….Served as news director for radio stations KXEW and KOHT in Tucson and was a disc jockey from 1972-81 on XETM in Naco Sonora, Mexico.
JOHN SANDERS: 25 years (Pirates 1982-90; Indians 1991-2006) and retired…The play-by-play voice of the Indians on television… Came to Cleveland in 1991 after spending nine seasons as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates…Sanders, a Kansas native, worked at WIBW-TV in Topeka, and KMBC-TV in Kansas City before moving to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh.
RON SANTO: 21 years (1990-2010), all with the Cubs, as a WGN Radio color commentator and retired…Played for the Cubs from 1960-73 and with the White Sox in 1974…Won five Rawlings Gold Glove awards during his 15-year major league career … A nine-time National League All-Star selection, batting .277 during his career with 342 home runs and 1,331 RBI… A member of the inaugural Cubs Walk of Fame Class of 1992 and was selected to the club's all-century team in 1999…A member of the board of directors of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation … His 28th annual Ron Santo Walk for the Cure walk-a-thon raised over $5 million for diabetes research in 2005…Over $63 million has been raised since he began his involvement with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation…Passed away Dec. 3, 2010.
HERB SCORE: 34 years (Cleveland, 1964-97) and retired…Began broadcasting career in 1964 as a color commentator on Indians TV telecasts…Took over as the radio play-by-play man in 1968…His legendary fastball helped him gain American League Rookie of the Year honors in 1955…Posted a 16-10 record and a 2.85 ERA in ’55, while setting the record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie pitcher with 245, a mark which stood until 1984 when it was broken by Dwight Gooden…Selected to the American League All-Star team in both ’55 and ’56…Passed away Nov. 11, 2008.
TOM SEAVER: 19 years (ABC & NBC, 1978-84; Yankees, 1989-93; Mets, 1999-05) and retired…Prior to his years with the Mets, was in the Yankees television booth and worked for NBC and ABC on post-season coverage from 1978-84…Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992…Won 311 games and three Cy Young awards during his 20-year career.
DUKE SNIDER: 17 years (Padres, 1969-71; Expos, 1973-86), mostly with the Montreal Expos…played 18 years in major leagues, mostly with the Dodgers…center fielder hit 407 career home runs, and twice hit four home runs in a World Series…retired in 1964, and elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980…from 1969-71, was radio-television broadcaster and batting coach for San Diego Padres…managed in minors in 1972, then joined Expos radio-television team in 1973…partnered with Dave Van Horne, he stayed with Expos through 1986 season, acting as part-time batting instructor in addition to announcing…Passed away Feb. 27, 2011.
PAUL SPLITTORFF: 23 years (1988-2011 ), all with the Royals as the analyst on the Royals Television Network and retired…The all-time winningest pitcher in club history has worked in broadcasting since retiring in 1984…Compiled a 166-143 record with a 3.81 ERA in 429 games during his 15-year playing career…In addition to recording the most wins in Royals history, the left-hander also owns the club record for starts and innings pitched…Became Kansas City’s first 20-game winner in 1973 and was inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame in 1987…Also served as an analyst for the Big 12 Conference…Passed away May 25, 2011.
BOB STARR: 26 years (Cardinals 1972-79; Angels 1980-89, 1993-97; Red Sox 1990-92) and retired...Spent eight years in St. Louis, broadcasting baseball and football Cardinals along with University of Missouri football and basketball...Went to Los Angeles in 1980 to broadcast the Angels and Rams, staying there 10 years...From 1990-92, broadcast for the Boston Red Sox, then returned to Angels for five more years...Passed away in 1998.
RUSTY STAUB: 10 years (1986-95), all with the New York Mets, and retired…Played 23 years in majors, amassing 2,716 hits and 1,466 RBI…Set record with 500+ hits for four teams (Astros, Expos, Mets, Tigers)…Retired in 1985, and in 1986 joined Mets cable television crew, teaming with Ralph Kiner and Tim McCarver…Television commentator for 10 years, through 1995…New Orleans native also became a popular New York City restaurateur.
JOE TAIT: 17 seasons and retired, all with the Cleveland Indians (1971-87)…Worked both television and radio…Long time voice of the Cleveland Cavaliers…Received many awards throughout his career including being elected to the Media Hall of Fame by the Sports Media Association of Cleveland and Ohio (1992), the Broadcasters Hall of Fame (1992) and the Monmouth (Ill.) College Athletic Hall of Fame (1991)…In 1996 was awarded the C.S. Williams Founders Award by the Broadcasters Hall of Fame for long and meritorious service in broadcasting.
MARIO ZAPIAIN THOMAS: 29 years (1969-97) and retired, all with Padres Spanish-speaking radio… Part of Padres’ Spanish broadcast team since the club’s inception in 1969…Also called action for the CBS Hispanic Radio Network on many post-season broadcasts which carried throughout Latin America…Was the longtime voice of the Mexicali Eagles of the winter Mexican League.
HAL TOTTEN: 21 years (1924-50) and retired, as the voice of baseball in Chicago with the Cubs (1924-44) and White Sox (1926-44)…Helped solidify baseball on radio…Became the first regular-season radio announcer on April 23, 1924, calling the play-by-play of the Cubs’ 12-1 win over the Cardinals on Chicago’s WMAQ…Had a self-effacing, gentle broadcast style…Called the World Series twice for CBS radio and three times for NBC, also broadcasting Mutual Game of the Week from 1945-50.
DENNY TREASE: 13 seasons and retired, all with the Kansas City Royals (1980-92)…Handled 13 seasons of play-by-play for the Royals’ television network…He spent seven seasons broadcasting games for the University of Kentucky’s basketball and football teams.
JERRY TRUPIANO: 19 years (Astros, 1985-86; Expos, 1989-90; Red Sox, 1993-2006), the last 14 as Joe Castiglione’s radio partner in Boston…Broadcast CBS Radio Game of the Week, 1991…A graduate of St. Louis University where he began his broadcasting career as a disc jockey on the college radio station. Since then has covered boxing events, the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association (1974), the Houston Rockets (1978-80), Southwest Conference Football (1978-88) and the NFL Houston Oilers (1980-89).
TY TYSON: 22 years, all with the Detroit Tigers (1927-42, 1947-52), and retired…Former collegiate baseball player for Penn State…Broadcasting pioneer began his radio career in 1922 and broadcast the first play-by-play account of a Tigers game from Detroit in 1927…With no broadcasting booth for this new media, had to set up in the stands…Spent the first 16 years doing radio broadcasts for WWJ-AM, but was then replaced by former hitting star Harry Heilmann…Came back to the Tigers in 1947, where he did over-the-air broadcasts for the next six years with WWDT-TV…Passed away Dec. 12, 1968.
PETE VAN WIEREN: 33 years (1976-2008), all with the Braves….Earned the prestigious Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Award nine times, the first coming in 1980…Received the 1998 Ivan Allen, Jr. "Mr. Baseball" award, presented to "the person who has contributed significantly to the promotion of baseball in the Atlanta area" by the Braves 400 Club…Began his Major League broadcasting career with the Braves in 1976 after working as the play-by-play man for the Tidewater Tides of the International League for two years.
BILL WHITE: 18 years (1971-88), all with the Yankees and retired…A pioneering black athlete who broke down barriers as a player, broadcaster and league executive…The former six-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove first baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies from 1956-69, White joined the Yankee broadcast team of Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer in 1971…The trio of Rizzuto, Messer and White would remain a New York television and radio fixture for the next 15 years…Encourage by St. Louis play-by-play man Harry Caray, White started broadcasting while with the Cardinals and Phillies in the late 1960s…After retiring as a player, became sports director of Philadelphia television station…Also covered baseball nationally for ABC and CBS…Is elected president of the National League in 1989, becoming the highest-ranking black official in American professional sports…His term as NL President ended in 1994.
FRED WHITE: 24 seasons and retired, all with the Kansas City Royals (1975-98)…The longtime radio voice of the Royals is a former winner of the Kansas Sportscaster of the Year…Also worked college basketball and football games for national television on CBS, NBC, and ESPN.
BERT WILSON: 12 years (Chicago Cubs, 1944-55) and retired…Invented the short-lived catchphrase, “Bingo to Bango to Bilko,” to describe double plays turned among Ernie Banks, Gene Baker and Steve Bilko….Renowned for phrase “I don’t care who wins, as long it is the Cubs.”…Began broadcast career with WMT in Chicago, calling Cubs games from a rooftop behind the center field bleachers…Hired in 1943 at Pat Flanagan’s assistant for WIND and took his spot in 1944 when Flanagan retired…Passed away in 1955.
KEN WILSON: 22 years (Seattle, 1977-82; Cincinnati, 1983-85; Cardinals, 1986-90; Angels, 1991-95; Oakland, 1996-98) and retired…Wilson began his big league broadcasting career during the first six seasons of the Seattle Mariners…Came to Seattle from a three-year stint broadcasting the Class AAA baseball games of the Hawaii Islanders…He has also been a longtime play-by-play man for the St. Louis Blues hockey team…Was named the 2001 Missouri Sportscaster of the Year…Also broadcast minor league hockey for Cincinnati from 1972-74.
JIM WOODS: 31 seasons and retired…New York Yankees (1953-56), New York Giants (1957), Pittsburgh Pirates (1958-69), St. Louis Cardinals (1970-71), Oakland A’s (1972-73), Boston Red Sox (1974-78), USA Game of the Week (1979-83)…Nicknamed “the Possum” when Enos Slaughter mocked his burr haircut in 1954…A classic sidekick announcer in the major leagues, Woods teamed regularly with greats Mel Allen and Bob Prince…He then joined Ned Martin in an extremely popular Red Sox radio duo, calling the memorable 1975 and 1978 campaigns…He also worked with greats Red Barber, Jack Buck, and Russ Hodges…He embarked on his career by calling football games at the University of Iowa, replacing Ronald Reagan…Woods then moved to Atlanta to become the voice of the Southern Association Crackers, replacing Ernie Harwell…“Possum” was noted for his great memory behind the microphone…Passed away Feb. 20, 1988.
BILL WORRELL: 20 years and retired….Astros (1985-2004)…Spent entire career with the Astros, most recently as a color analyst on Fox Sports Net…Was also been the voice of the Houston Rockets since the 1986-87 season and has been the host of the Golf Texas series since the series debuted in 1995…He broadcast play-by-play for the Houston Oilers and college football, basketball and baseball…During his career, Worrell covered numerous national sports events, including the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Indianapolis 500, the AFC Championship, the National League playoffs and the NCAA basketball tournament…The recipient of six “Best Sportscast” awards presented by UPI and the Texas Association of Broadcasters while he was sports director at KPRC Radio.