A few weeks ago I made post here about legendary Met broadcaster Ralph Kiner. After reading the responses to that post, it was obvious that I had struck a nerve. No matter which team you happen follow, you establish a bond between yourself and the voices covering your team. With that in mind, today’s post is about broadcasters.
As Met fans we are very lucky to have what I consider to be the best broadcast crew around, both on the SNY/WPIX side, and on WFAN. Gary, Keith, Ron and Kevin do a great job not only describing what is happening on the field, but they take a broadcast to next level. Ron & Keith can you insight as former players as to what is happening within the game, its almost as if they are describing the game within the game. Gary brings a fan’s enthusiasm and historical knowledge of the game to the booth. Kevin Burkhardt is great whether on the field, or calling play by play. You’ve heard it here first, Burkhardt is going to be a huge star someday. Over on WFAN Howie Rose, Wayne Hagin, and Eddie Coleman, are guys who never played the game, but are nevertheless knowledgeable about it. Much like Cohen, Rose brings the fan’s knowledge to the game. Hagin has been around a long time and has worked in a few big league markets, he can tell some entertaining stories. Eddie C. is a versatile as Burkhardt.
Mets fans aren’t the only fans who have good broadcaster teams, but the best broadcaster around works solo. I’m talking about Vin Scully, the voice of the L.A. Dodgers. Scully followed the Dodgers to Los Angeles, and has been there ever since.Scully has cut down on his travel, rarely working a game east of the Rocky Mountains, but there is no one better than him. The unique thing about Scully is that he works his games solo. He does a fully nine innings of play by play and color. For those of you who never heard Scully call a game, pay the $32 for MLB.tv and treat yourself.
Last Thursday Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman stopped by the SNY booth. Coleman is another jewel of the game. Coleman only works Padres radio, so unfortunately I don’t get to listen to him too much. Coleman is know for saying a ball player has earned the golden sombrero if he strikes out four times in game.
Any article about baseball broadcasters would be incomplete without mentioning Mr. Baseball himself, Bob Uecker, radio voice of the Brewers. Uecker had a less than stellar baseball career, which he jokes about all the time. His career as a baseball broadcaster, or baseball funny man has been outstanding. Uecker starred in the television series Mr. Belvedere. He was a frequent guest of Johnny Carson’s on the old Tonight Show. He was the baseball broadcaster in the movie Major League (“just a bit outside”), and he starred in a series of commercials for Miller beer. Lets face it, when we go to a sporting event and have horrible seats, don’t we all call them the Uecker seats? Uecker is a legend up in Milwaukee. His love for the Brewers has made him such a huge part of their team. His home run call “get up, get out, gone!” is on the scoreboard at Miller Park.
This is just a small sample of some the the really good baseball voices out there. We Met fans are lucky though, we’ve always had the best. From day one with Bob Murphy, Lindsay Nelson, and Ralph Kiner to today. I hope that for a few seconds, you were able to forget about the on field problems the Mets are currently having.