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    Hall of Famer and former Red Sox announcer Curt Gowdy died today at age 86 after a long battle with Leukemia.

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    Originally posted by nymdan
    Too... much... math... head... hurts...
    Originally posted by RuthMayBond
    I understand, I lost all my marbles years ago

  • #2
    Of course Curt Gowdy had moved on from the Sox before I was born, but I do remember those weekly games... well, the feeling of being with my family and watching the games. When I was a little kid -- 4 or 5 years old -- we'd watch the weekly ball game on my sister's 9" Sony TV, and I came to know the Game in part through that voice. Of course I didn't understand baseball when I was that little, but... hearing that voice was special because baseball meant so much to the whole family.

    Since that time, whenever I heard his voice, I thought "baseball!" and got that warm feeling.

    Thanks, Curt. Peace be with you.
    --Annie
    Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
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    ABNY

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    • #3
      May his soul, that wonderful voice of his, his ability to bring a TV audience into the baseball stadium even as they sat on a couch at home, as well as his overall qualities, forever rest quite peacefully in another ballpark upstairs.

      I'm sure he's enjoy a great view from the Monster right now.




      (with Johnny Pesky)



      1984 Ford C. Frick Award Winner Curt Gowdy
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      • #4
        Gowdy had a hell of a run as the #1 sportscaster at NBC, from mid-60's through the 70's, back when NBC really had a monopoly on the biggest events. He was probably the 1st tv superstar sportscaster, did WS, LCS, AFL/AFC championships, Super Bowls, Rose Bowl, Final Fours, plus the game of the week thing in MLB and football. I don't think you'll ever see just one guy doing that many big events again, too many networks now.
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        • #5
          I had just voted Curt Gowdy as my all-time favorite announcer on another baseball board. When I think of him I think about his 14 years as a Red Sox announcer. It wasn't easy for him since the Sox teams were often near the bottom of the AL.

          I will always remember the great cartoons in the old Boston Record American, Peter Gammons' Sunday baseball columns in the Boston Globe, and Curt Gowdy and Ned Martin broadcasting like they were sitting in your living room game after game. I hope the Sox honor his memory!
          "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
          "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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          • #6
            I'm too young to remember Curt Gowdy as a Red Sox announcer.

            When I was younger,he was there for all the big events,whethere it would be the NBC Game of the Week,the World Series,or Super Bowl,he was the man who would describe all the action to all those who watched.

            Thank you Curt Gowdy for all your contributions to TV sports.

            RIP Curt

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            • #7
              He made a huge impact in another major way that most may not know about: he was the former president of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has an award named in his honor given out by that hall of fame.

              He is also a member of 10 halls of fame, something I don't think may can or will ever claim.

              Frankly, until today I thought he was overrated here. I thought he was given too much credit for being so good when he was only around for 15 seasons...Boy was I wrong about him.
              Best posts ever:
              Originally posted by nymdan
              Too... much... math... head... hurts...
              Originally posted by RuthMayBond
              I understand, I lost all my marbles years ago

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              • #8
                Originally posted by efin98
                He made a huge impact in another major way that most may not know about: he was the former president of the Basketball Hall of Fame. He has an award named in his honor given out by that hall of fame.

                He is also a member of 10 halls of fame, something I don't think may can or will ever claim.

                Frankly, until today I thought he was overrated here. I thought he was given too much credit for being so good when he was only around for 15 seasons...Boy was I wrong about him.
                In terms of Hall of Fames, he is the only member of the Baseball, Football, and Basketball Hall of Fames. Pretty darn impressive.

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                • #9
                  Curt Gowdy RIP

                  Some reminiscent ramblings: Gowdy had a broadcaster's voice. I can still hear him doing the Red Sox games, even spring training games from AZ. I always felt that he was the baseball announcer that all others should be judged next to. He wasn't Johnny Most, but then baseball wasn't basketball either. (And the Red Sox in those days weren't the Celtics. )

                  I had mixed feelings when Gowdy made the shift to network TV. It seemed the natural progression for his talents, but the rest of the nation missed out on his best broadcasting years (IMO).

                  He gave a lot to sports broadcasting over the years, and will be missed. Always the professional. Ever hear of him receiving any "bad press"? I don't. And I think that says something about the man.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DoubleX
                    In terms of Hall of Fames, he is the only member of the Baseball, Football, and Basketball Hall of Fames. Pretty darn impressive.
                    Well, he's not a member like Ted Williams or Roger Staubach. But enough nitpicking--here's a trivia question:

                    Who's the only guy with a bust in Canton and a plaque in Cooperstown?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DoubleX
                      In terms of Hall of Fames, he is the only member of the Baseball, Football, and Basketball Hall of Fames. Pretty darn impressive.

                      Dave Neihaus -the M's broadcaster- was discussing Gowdy and mentioned that Curt was a fairly wealthy man due to shrewd investments. Neihaus mentioned some television/radio stations owned by Gowdy.
                      Johnny
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pesky6
                        Well, he's not a member like Ted Williams or Roger Staubach. But enough nitpicking--here's a trivia question:

                        Who's the only guy with a bust in Canton and a plaque in Cooperstown?

                        Cal Hubbard?
                        Johnny
                        Delusion, Life's Coping Mechanism

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by pesky6
                          Well, he's not a member like Ted Williams or Roger Staubach. But enough nitpicking--here's a trivia question:

                          Who's the only guy with a bust in Canton and a plaque in Cooperstown?
                          Uhmmmmmmmmmm ... would his initials be CG?

                          BTW, how do you like that pic of Curt next to Johnny Pesky?
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                          • #14
                            I heard that his funeral procession circled Fenway Park today. How very fitting.

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