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MLB ’19: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone

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Posted By: Ken M., 3/19/2019 6:19:12 PM

Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen’s voice crackled from the transistor. “When I thought ‘baseball,’ I thought about Mel Allen,” said Blass, now a Pittsburgh Pirates announcer. “When I thought ‘Mel Allen,’ I thought about baseball.” More than in any other sport, baseball broadcasters become an inseparable part of the game they describe.


Waiting to see this posted, but it looks like nobody caught it.
When I think of the Pirates´ announcer, it´s Rosey Rowswell (and Bob Prince was an up-and-coming assistant):

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bmoc 3/19/2019 7:16:01 PM (No. 6525)
With me, it was the Detroit Tigers and Ernie Harwell. I loved that man´s voice and story telling.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: john56 3/19/2019 7:33:47 PM (No. 6523)
Well, we still have Bob Uecker (for most of the Brewers games).
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Reply 3 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 3/19/2019 7:39:09 PM (No. 6517)
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Reply 4 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 3/19/2019 7:49:18 PM (No. 6507)
Red Barber was one of the very best. When he called a game you could picture the entire field in your mind because he described everything in great detail to the radio audiene. Byrum Saam in Philly was another great voice with the Phillies, A´s, Eagles Warriors, and Penn football and basketball. Nobody was better than Vin Scully. For sheer entertainment though, you couldn´t beat Phil Rizzuto and his banter with Bill White, because Rizzuto had stories about the old Yankees, and White would set him up as the straight man.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: ROLFNader 3/19/2019 8:05:56 PM (No. 6519)
With #1 on this one- George Kell and Ernie Harwell. The voices of my summers for at least three decades. You could hear them at Great Grampas house, Grampa´s house , our house and just about anywhere you would go --and while you were driving there.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: ramona 3/19/2019 8:25:31 PM (No. 6520)
Not as well known outside of Minnesota, but we had Halsey Hall for the Twins. With his ubiquitous cigars and his gravelly, unmistakable voice, Halsey Hall was a highly respected announcer. He was also an old-time newspaper man (as was his father). He did a lot of writing and public speaking.

The radio was always on at home, and in the summer, baseball was a big part of the radio broadcast schedule. Halsey also had his own late night show for a long time (just a 5 minute nightly spot).

I have come to appreciate greatly Ernie and Red, but to me, the voice of baseball is Halsey Hall.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: DeepSouth 3/19/2019 8:33:16 PM (No. 6522)
Different sport, but today´s football announcers can´t compare to Ray Scott calling the Packers games.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: john56 3/19/2019 9:19:11 PM (No. 6515)
Around my house somewhere is a 33 LP with highlights from the Packer broadcasts of 65-66-67.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: red1066 3/19/2019 9:38:37 PM (No. 6508)
I can still hear By Saam´s voice #4. I grew up listening to Phillies games listening to By Saam and Richie Ashburn.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: athina 3/19/2019 9:45:43 PM (No. 6516)
And there are also the voices missing from inside the stadiums, like announcer Bob Shepperd at Yankee Stadium. Boy do I miss him. The announcer now is just some fake zingy carnival barker type. Awful.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Calico Al 3/19/2019 9:48:40 PM (No. 6514)
OP-- Richie Ashburn, no other outfielder had 5 seasons of 500 or more putouts in the history of baseball and he is never mentioned when it come to naming great outfielders.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: earlybird 3/19/2019 10:00:21 PM (No. 6521)
Vin Scully of the Dodgers… the best….
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Reply 13 - Posted by: crankyyankee 3/19/2019 10:42:36 PM (No. 6513)
Dizzy Dean and PeeWee Reese, albeit on TV, were a Saturday afternoon staple.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: ALynnMcW 3/19/2019 11:41:53 PM (No. 6526)
Gene Elston & Loel Passe for the Houston Astros. Great voices. I remember the Schlitz beer commercials too.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: 49 Ford 3/20/2019 12:07:52 AM (No. 6510)
Mel Allen was the voice of my youth. Growing up in the NYC area I never got to hear the long-time announcers in smaller markets mentioned by earlier posters. I have no doubt I am the poorer for that.

Lindsey Nelson was also one of my favorites. He could do college football and MLB (Mets) equally well.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: DaddyO 3/20/2019 4:21:14 AM (No. 6524)
Ernie Johnson and Milo Hamilton of the Braves during the early 1970s, the transistor radio under my pillow, listening to the games out of Atlanta, Hank Aaron and Phil Niekro, waking up in the morning to a dead battery..
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Reply 17 - Posted by: StormCnter 3/20/2019 5:54:56 AM (No. 6511)
I agree about Dizzy Dean and Peewee Reese, especially Diz. No one else comments on who slud into base.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 3/20/2019 6:57:57 AM (No. 6512)
Vin Scully was the greatest of the baseball announcers!
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Reply 19 - Posted by: franq 3/20/2019 7:33:17 AM (No. 6509)
Bob Prince of Pittsburgh was one of the greats. Had his trademark phrases. Same as the Penguin´s Mike Lange. (different sport, I know)
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MDConservative 3/20/2019 11:08:40 AM (No. 6518)
There were "voices" before Scully and the rest, and there will be "voices" afterwards. The real question is whether there will be an audience to listen. I can´t remember the last time I turned on a baseball radio broadcast. The games are readily available on TV.

I´d rather watch, and the delays make it impossible to watch TV and listen to the radio broadcast. Those may have been the "good old days", and those days are slipping away.
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