Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Broadcasters Newsbeat

Monday, July 17, 2017

Bob Wolff, Sports Broadcaster for Nearly 80 Years, Dies at 96

In the 1950s, when the original Senators were continuing to finish far from first place, Mr. Wolff knew that their long-suffering fans needed diversions from the team’s habitual losing.

On Memorial Day 1957, the Senators were playing a doubleheader against the Yankees at Griffith Stadium when he picked out an ostensibly typical fan in the stands to interview on the radio between games.

In a memoir, “It’s Not Who Won or Lost the Game — It’s How You Sold the Beer” (1996), Mr. Wolff recalled the moment:

“Are you originally from Washington, sir?”

“No, I’m a Californian. I was and still am.”

“Have you done much traveling around the country?”

“I’ve been in most of the 48 states at one time or another. And I’ve also traveled a bit abroad in the last few years.”

“What sort of work do you do, sir?”

“I work for the government.”

“Oh?”

“My boss is President Eisenhower. I’m the vice president.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, our guest has been Vice President Richard Nixon.”

As Mr. Wolff put it in his memoir, “Politics notwithstanding, good straight men are hard to find.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 17, 2017 at 08:40 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, general

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Longtime Orioles Radio Broadcaster Fred Manfra Cherishes Memories

No more mistake-a-minute Manfra in Baltimore.

Bote Man Posted: June 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

Thursday, June 01, 2017

We asked our staff for their favorite baseball broadcasters. Here are their answers

Ian Casselberry: I really like Ron Darling’s work. Maybe we favor play-by-play guys because they do most of the talking and set the tone for a broadcast, and because it’s really difficult to overcome an annoying or poor one. But Darling benefits from a strong play-by-play man setting him up in Gary Cohen, and he’s taken the opportunity to develop into a broadcaster capable of providing insightful analysis, being entertaining at slow points in the action, and also calling a game if needed.

Darling has also been impressive with his versatility. He does regional broadcasts with the Mets, transitions to the national booth with Turner during the postseason and in the offseason, he’s doing national studio analysis for MLB Network. He’s not going to yuk it up or be a bombastic personality, but Darling provides substance to any broadcast he participates in.

Alex Putterman: There’s no one I enjoy listening to more than Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper, who brings thought and reason to every broadcast. Kasper treats viewers as smart fans, capable of nuance, not mindless homers grasping for simple explanations to every question. Yes, Kasper is open-minded toward advanced stats in a way most of his peers aren’t, but he’s also just exceedingly calm and rational. He knows he doesn’t have all the answers. He also knows baseball isn’t worth getting angry about. And it doesn’t hurt that his partner, Jim Deshaies, is one of the best in the business as well.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sun-Times: Ken Harrelson likely to cut back schedule even more after 2017

“I didn’t say I wanted to broadcast four more years,’’ Harrelson told the Sun-Times. “The main thing is I just want to be in baseball four more years, not necessarily broadcasting.”

Harrelson said he will do Sox broadcasts this season, “and if I decide to do some games next year … it’s up to them.’’

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, white sox

Friday, February 03, 2017

Fred Manfra to Step Back

Sorry to read about Fred’s health problems catching up with him, but at least Orioles fans will now be able to get accurate descriptions of plays. Without waiting, to boot!

Bote Man Posted: February 03, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcasters, orioles, radio

 

 

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
rr
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOTP 17 July 2017: Love is baseball, family. Keep the politics out
(1885 - 2:37am, Jul 26)
Last: Count

NewsblogIf we nibble around the edges, we can make this OMNICHATTER last, for July 25, 2017
(124 - 2:14am, Jul 26)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogRafael Devers gets the call
(10 - 1:45am, Jul 26)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogTexas Rangers ready to move ace Yu Darvish in 'right deal'
(11 - 1:37am, Jul 26)
Last: Joyful Calculus Instructor

NewsblogTexas Rangers Reaction sees 3,000 in Beltre's near future | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
(17 - 1:29am, Jul 26)
Last: SoSHially Unacceptable

NewsblogYoan Moncada tops 2017 midseason Prospect list | MLB.com
(3 - 1:21am, Jul 26)
Last: Bote Man

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(2022 - 12:47am, Jul 26)
Last: Gonfalon Bubble

NewsblogHeyman | Mets Likely To Promote Shortstop Amed Rosario Soon
(5 - 12:40am, Jul 26)
Last: the Hugh Jorgan returns

NewsblogOT-NBA off season thread
(1472 - 11:40pm, Jul 25)
Last: Fancy Pants with a clinging marmoset on his Handle

NewsblogKen Rosenthal - Cubs and Verlander
(32 - 11:27pm, Jul 25)
Last: Walt Davis

Gonfalon CubsWhat a difference a week makes
(56 - 10:49pm, Jul 25)
Last: Meatwad

NewsblogJose Altuve continues torrid July in Astros win over Phillies - Houston Chronicle
(33 - 10:10pm, Jul 25)
Last: Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan

NewsblogOT: Summer Soccer Thread 2017
(187 - 9:58pm, Jul 25)
Last: He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB)

NewsblogRoyals Acquire Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres
(18 - 7:45pm, Jul 25)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogMets giving sizzling rookie a shot in Zack Wheeler’s place | New York Post
(6 - 7:24pm, Jul 25)
Last: Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb

Page rendered in 1.3811 seconds
65 querie(s) executed