Bob Prince, the 1986 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, parlayed a raspy voice, baseball savvy, shameless partisanship, a delightful sense of humor and an eccentric personality to become a Pittsburgh institution.
He began with Rosey Rowswell on the Pirate radio broadcasts in 1948 and his affiliation with the ballclub spanned five decades.
He was known as "The Gunner" for his rapid-fire delivery.
Prince's charming-yet-brash demeanor, clever command of the language, entertaining gift of gab and appreciation of baseball's human elements made him the consummate professional.
He was known for his colorful colloquialisms and he coined many of the Pirates' nicknames.
His popsicle stick frame was invariably adorned with a narrow tie and a garish sport coat, attire which suited his flamboyant personality.
Prince passed away on June 10, 1985.
1986 Ford C. Frick Award Winner Bob Prince - BL-3119-86 (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)