Broadcasters: The Voices of Baseball
Baseball on the radio or the television brings back all kinds of memories. One of the strongest is the voice of your favorite team's announcer. The voice is as much a part of the experience as the promise of a rookie pitcher or dependable slugger. They brought color and background to the games and made them more memorable in the process.
Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook
The longtime voice of the Detroit Tigers, Ernie Harwell has created an audio scrapbook that's a virtual time-machine into baseball's legendary past.
An inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, Ernie's delightful audio journey goes from his beginnings in Washington, Georgia in 1918 to his final broadcast in 2002.
Ernie talks with North Carolina Sports Hall of Famer Bob Harris and discusses eight decades of baseball, including old interviews with legends Connie Mack, Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. The audio scrapbook features game calls from the Atlanta Crackers, Ernie's first play-by-play opportunity and behind the scenes stories of Jackie Robinson's struggles.
4 disc set. Approx. 4 hours.
Also, see "Echos of Tiger Stadium" and "The Year of the Tiger '68"...
Chuck Thompson: Voice of the Orioles
One of the best play-by-play broadcasters ever, Chuck Thompson was the longtime voice of the Baltimore Orioles. This tribute includes his calls from the 1966 World Series, the 1970 regular season and World Series, Jim Palmer's no-hitter, the final game at Memorial Stadium and much more.
Mel Allen: Voice of the Yankees
From the late 1930s until 1964, Mel Allen was the Voice of the New York Yankees. He later returned to do TV play-by-play for 10 years and hosted "This Week in Baseball" until his passing in 1996. Allen's vivid broadcasting of the Yankees covered some of the greatest ballplayers of all time, including Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. This tribute CD includes some of his great World Series calls and tracks on the 1961 home run chase, Lou Gehrig Day, Mickey Mantle Day, his Hall of Fame acceptance speech and Dave Righetti's no-hitter.
Russ Hodges & Lon Simmons
A tribute to the Bay Area's Hall of Fame broadcasting team. Includes Hodges' legendary call of Bobby Thomson's "shot heard ‘round the world" in 1951 and highlights from San Francisco Giants' unforgettable 1962 season. Hodges' broadcast of the second Clay-Liston heavyweight fight and Simmons' work with the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland A's are also included on this 73-minute program
Ron Santo: Cubs Legend
Ron Santo and Pat Hughes were Chicago Cubs radio broadcast partners for 15 seasons until Santo’s passing in December, 2010. Santo and Hughes enjoyed an unusual chemistry and the CD is about the fun they had as Cubs announcers. Stories include a burning hairpiece, a yogurt mess, scrambled eggs on a proclamation, and other zany conversations between Santo and Hughes. It will make you laugh.
Known as "The Gunner", Bob Prince was one of the all time great baseball broadcasters. A Hall of Famer, Prince was a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer from 1948 to 1975. Prince had a distinctive voice, a deep love of the game, and was gifted with both a clever command of the language and a delightful sense of humor. Tracks are devoted to Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski, Harvey Haddix' pitching gem in 1959, Dock Ellis' no-hitter and the Bucs' 1971 postseason glory.
Dave Niehaus: Voice of the Mariners
Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus has been the voice of the Seattle Mariners since day one in 1977. This CD includes his life story as well as play-by-play highlights such as Edgar Martinez game-winning double against the Yankees that gave Seattle the 1995 division series. Entire tracks are devoted to Martinez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ichiro.
Milo Hamilton: A Call for the Ages
Milo Hamilton called his first major league game in 1953 and has been the voice of the Houston Astros since 1985. The biggest moment of his Hall of Fame career came in 1974 when he called Henry Aaron’s 715th home run. This CD covers Hamilton’s entire career and includes highlights such as John Candelaria’s no-hitter in 1976, Craig Biggio’s 300th hit, Mike Scott’s 1986 no-hitter and the Astros’ first pennant in 2005.
Red Barber: Play-by-Play Pioneer
The great Red Barber was a major league announcer for 33 years for the Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees. “The Old Redhead” was not only the first radio baseball broadcaster in New York but the first TV baseball broadcaster anywhere. This CD includes radio clips from Barber’s career, including the 1935 and 1947 World Series, the 1941 All-Star Game, the 1961 season and his 1978 Hall of Fame induction speech.
Bob Uecker: Mr. Baseball
A tribute to Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker. Includes Milwaukee Brewers radio highlights along with some hilarious moments from Uecker's entertainment career. Entire tracks are devoted to 1982 and 1987, including Uecker's calls of big moments provided by Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Ben Ogilvie, and Gorman Thomas. Produced by Pat Hughes.
Harry Kalas: Voice of the Phillies
Highlights from Harry Kalas' broadcasting career with the Philadelphia Phillies. Includes memorable calls from the 1980 world championship season, Mike Schmidt's 500th home run, Kalas' Hall of Fame acceptance speech, great stories about Richie Ashburn and much more. Produced by Pat Hughes.
Marty Brennaman: Voice of the Reds
Marty Brennaman has called more than his share of historic plays and games, including Hank Aaron's 714th home run, the record-setting base hit by Pete Rose, Tom Browning's perfect game, a no-hitter by Tom Seaver, Ken Griffey Jr.'s 500th homer and three Cincinnati Reds championship seasons. All of these are on this CD along with many other classic Brennaman play-by-play moments. Produced and narrated by Pat Hughes, play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs.
Jack Buck: Voice of the Cardinals
Highlights of the career of Jack Buck, play-by-play broadcaster of St. Louis Cardinals games from 1954 through 2001. Includes Buck's calls of Ozzie Smith's game-winning homer against the Dodgers, Bob Gibson's 1971 no-hitter, Lou Brock's record-setting 893rd stolen base, and Kirk Gibson's dramatic homer in the 1988 World Series. Produced and narrated by Pat Hughes, play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs.
Harry Caray: Voice of the Fans
Highlights of the career of Harry Caray, who broadcast games for four major league teams in his 53-year career. Includes tracks on the 1984 Chicago Cubs and 1964 St. Louis Cardinals, his two favorite teams to cover. Also includes stories of Caray's humble beginnings, his start in broadcasting, his ascension to Cardinal radio in 1945, his Hall of Fame acceptance speech and much more.
Produced and narrated by Pat Hughes, play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs.
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