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  • Michael Green
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    In all the talk about Joe Garagiola as a broadcaster--and he obviously was a great one--I remember him doing "The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola" and just doing a lot of funny and sweet programs.

    I probably mentioned it before, but Pat Hughes of the Cubs has done some terrific tributes to broadcasters. It's really interesting to hear the differences--I grew up with Vin, and the first time I heard Harry, I thought someone or something from outer space had invaded the booth! But of course he was great to listen to as well.

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  • Bucketfoot
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    Garagiola and Kubek. Loved them. Harry Caray. Ditto.

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  • Victory Faust
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    Originally posted by JMF View Post
    He always comes off as bitter and snarky. Of all the new SABR pumping pundits, he's the 'arrogant numbers guy' that I generally do not like -- at all. My favorite announcer of all-time is Ernie Harwell. Grew up outside Detroit and spent a lot of my childhood listening to him talk baseball.
    I agree on both counts. And to tie both your points together: Harwell's heir to Detroit's airwaves, Dan Dickerson does a marvelous job of integrating saber stats into his broadcasts without sounding like a snarky know-it-all the way Brian Kenny does. DD will explain a new stat, discuss its strengths and weaknesses, what new light it may shed on old assumptions -- and do it in a way that doesn't alienate his listeners, or try make them feel like they're stupid.


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  • ol' aches and pains
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    I fondly remember Earl Gillespie and Blaine Walsh doing the Milwaukee Braves radio when I was a boy. He's forgotten now, but Gillespie was a fine, old-school announcer in the 50s and 60s.

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  • Bobcat
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    Anyone remember Al Helfer? Did the game of the day for Mutual, some world series, Dodgers and others...

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  • Phantom Dreamer
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    Originally posted by Sabo-metrics View Post
    Marty Breneman is terrible. He never tells u what is going on, and when he does, he is pissed off about it. It's like nothing matches the 75/76 team so why bother...

    he also seems to read a ton of ads.

    My favorite is the Padres radio guy. I belive his name is Ted Leightner
    Everybody does that.

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  • machinehead11
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    I love Steve Busby. I feel that he does a great job in calling Rangers games. Then again, I grew up watching him and Jim Sundberg, so maybe I'm a little biased.

    Speaking of the Rangers, I loved Mark Holtz, and thought that his "Hello win column!" victory cry was underrated.

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  • Sabo-metrics
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    Marty Breneman is terrible. He never tells u what is going on, and when he does, he is pissed off about it. It's like nothing matches the 75/76 team so why bother...

    he also seems to read a ton of ads.

    My favorite is the Padres radio guy. I belive his name is Ted Leightner

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  • Cap78
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    Anybody catch that bio of Harry Carey recently on MLB Network?

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  • JMF
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    Originally posted by 3and2Fastball View Post
    I know he's not an "announcer" but Brian Kenny on the MLB Network is "must see TV" for me. Love how he brings sabermetrics and common sense into the conversation
    He always comes off as bitter and snarky. Of all the new SABR pumping pundits, he's the 'arrogant numbers guy' that I generally do not like -- at all. My favorite announcer of all-time is Ernie Harwell. Grew up outside Detroit and spent a lot of my childhood listening to him talk baseball.

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  • Bucketfoot
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    Easy. Harry Caray. Loved him.

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  • Victory Faust
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    Originally posted by 3and2Fastball View Post
    I know he's not an "announcer" but Brian Kenny on the MLB Network is "must see TV" for me. Love how he brings sabermetrics and common sense into the conversation
    I find him to be shrill and unnecessarily snarky. If sabermetrics aficionados would like more people to accept their hobby, having Brian Kenny as the face of the movement isn't helping a bit.


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  • apbaball
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    I have read great things about Dizzy Dean but all I can find with him at the mic is 15 minutes from a game of the week from 1961. It is a shame that nobody has a single Dean radio broadcast.

    Thanks to the Miley collection, I've had a chance to listen to quite a few famous broadcasters who were before my time or in far away cities. I do like Mel Allen, Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, Haray Caray, Bob Prince, Waite Hoyt, Monte Moore, Jack Buck, Jack Brickhouse and Jerry Coleman. Of course Uecker and Scully are great as well.

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  • Bigfoot 88
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    Originally posted by bluesky5 View Post
    Sounds kinky.
    Wow, that was poorly worded lol.

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  • ol' aches and pains
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    It did give me a mental image I could have done without.

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