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When I was a kid, I remember listening to a static-filled (KMOX was some 400 miles north of my hometown) broadcast of the ABA Spirits of St. Louis' first game. Must've been in 11/74. Apparently, I was listening to a very young Bob Costas describe the events on the court.
Terry Pluto's Loose Balls is a very good book on the ABA
Probably my all-time favorite sports book, which is saying something.
Scully in his prime right there with them.
Costas does occasionally annoy, particularly when he engages in revisionist history, but I can't think of another multi-sport play-by-play announcer who is remotely as good.
This. It's an amazingly good book, and I'm not even much of a basketball fan.
(I'd chalk that up to my oft-proclaimed love for the ABA, except that I've seen any number of others without that particular bias sing the book's praises as well, as Tom just did.)
Vin Scully and George Allen were a very good NFL broadcasting team. They also did some three-man booth stuff with Jim Brown.
Albert's informative and all that, but his habit of making every play of the game sound equally dramatic drives me nuts. It's not nearly as bad as Dick Vitale's enTHOOOZiasm for his beloved DOOOKies, but after a while it's still pretty hard to take.
He just had the advantage of starting his career when he was still in college.
Tall Tales is an oral history he did of the old NBA days - and it's also quite good (though not as loose and freewheelin' as Loose Balls - but the ABA was another animal after all).
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