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Friday, March 30, 2012

Former Reds announcer Waite Hoyt returns to airwaves

Abracadaver! Even the Brennamanster has fear in its eye!

“It’s Burger Baseball time! With Waite Hoyt!”

The voice of longtime Reds radio announcer Waite Hoyt returns to the airwaves at 8 p.m. Sunday in a nostaligic one-hour special on WVXU-FM (91.7).

Before Marty and Joe, Hoyt was the summer soundtrack here for 23 years (1942-65). Hoyt, one of the first players to become a play-by-play man, died in 1984 at age 89.

...Hoyt, son of a New York vaudeville entertainer, was a renaissance man. He was a painter, writer, funeral home director and a Hall of Fame pitcher. He won 237 and lost 132 in 21 seasons.

He also was an alcoholic who, ironically, owed his second career to Burger Beer. The brewery stuck with him when he was absent from the airwaves several days in 1945 after a drinking binge.

When the club announced that Hoyt was suffering from a case of amnesia, the Babe sent him a telegram saying: “Read about your case of amnesia. Must be a new brand.”

Hoyt was so loyal to Burger that he retired in 1965, when the brewery lost the radio rights to Wiedemann. Fans missed his player’s perspective so much that in 1967 Wiedemann added recently retired pitcher Joe Nuxhall to the radio booth.

Repoz Posted: March 30, 2012 at 09:55 AM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM (#4092837)
I was really hoping Waite Hoyt was somehow still alive, when I saw the headline.
   2. Best Regards, President of Comfort Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM (#4092842)
I was really hoping Waite Hoyt was somehow still alive, when I saw the headline.
That would be horrifying.
   3. bobm Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM (#4092859)
He also was an alcoholic who, ironically, owed his second career to Burger Beer.


Also ironic that Bobby Valentine owes his latest managerial job to Chicken and Beer.
   4. Guapo Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM (#4092865)
"Tonight's broadcast is sponsored by... BRAINS... delicious BRAINS..."
   5. Best Regards, President of Comfort Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4092868)
"Tonight's broadcast is sponsored by... BRAINS... delicious BRAINS..."
ZOMBIES DO NOT BROADCAST BASEBALL GAMES.
   6. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 10:49 AM (#4092873)
That would be horrifying.

All I knew is that he pitched for the 1927 Yankees. If he had been 22, he could be alive at 107.
   7. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4092895)
All I knew is that he pitched for the 1927 Yankees. If he had been 22, he could be alive at 107.

I think that deal only works for Russian peasants who live on nothing but yogurt.
   8. Bug Selig Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM (#4092917)
All I knew is that he pitched for the 1927 Yankees. If he had been 22, he could be alive at 107.


That was my first thought, too, except I think he was like 30. Egad!
   9. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM (#4092920)
The oldest living American, Besse Cooper, was born in 1896. She's about 4 months younger than Rogers Hornsby. Born the same year as Jimmy Dykes, Bob Meusel, and Rube Walberg. She's a month older than F. Scott Fitzgerald, and three years older than Hoyt.
   10. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4092925)
I agree with the first two posts. Somehow LaMarr Hoyt is still alive, as far as I know.
   11. Squash Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:34 AM (#4092926)
I was about to say ...
   12. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM (#4092965)
Like everyone, I also momentarily thought Waite Hoyt was still with us and I was flabbergasted.
   13. Flynn Posted: March 30, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4092985)
"Tonight's broadcast is sponsored by... BRAINS... delicious BRAINS..."


They broadcast Welsh baseball on the radio?
   14. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4092995)
I always confuse Waite Hoyt with Hoyt Wilhelm, so it didn't surprise me.

Hoyt Wilhelm of course would be only 89 today. In his prime for a sports announcer.
   15. Bob Evans Posted: March 30, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4092996)
Also ironic that Bobby Valentine owes his latest managerial job to Chicken and Beer.

That's ludicrous.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM (#4093003)
I agree with the first two posts. Somehow LaMarr Hoyt is still alive, as far as I know.

Waite was LaMarr's grandfather?
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 30, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4093012)
This 1-hour special sounds interesting as long as it's not too sappy.

It would be more exciting if they had Waite Hoyt doing a little 2-minute segment during each game. I'm sure they could use existing recordings to create a soundboard that would let him give pretty accurate commentary.

• His unique way of describing the game in the past tense: “(Johnny) Edwards drove the ball into right field, and he’s going to try for two (bases), and he slid in there.”


Or in tribute to Waite Hoyt, have the real Reds announcers announce the game in the past tense.
   18. phredbird Posted: March 30, 2012 at 02:11 PM (#4093070)
The oldest living American, Besse Cooper, was born in 1896.


She's only about a year younger than babe ruth.
   19. Run Joe Run Posted: March 30, 2012 at 02:43 PM (#4093109)
Waite Hoyt, Reds announcer from 1942 to 1965, sits in an open-ended box of a broadcast booth nailed to Crosley Field's roof


that's the caption - so is Hoyt nailed to the Crosley Field roof or the broadcast booth?
   20. Steve Treder Posted: March 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4093129)
She's only about a year younger than babe ruth.

Speaking of which, I got the chance to meet Babe Ruth's daughter, Julia Ruth Stevens, at the NINE conference earlier this month. She's 95, sharp as a finely-honed blade, and a lot of fun to talk to. And every time she would say, "Daddy used to like to do this," or, "Daddy said that," a shiver would go up my spine. It was awesome.
   21. Swedish Chef Posted: March 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM (#4093133)
One of the most influential go players ever, Go Seigen, became a professional in 1928. He is still alive, 97 years old, and he was active in teaching and writing as of a couple of years ago, I don't know if he's still at it.
   22. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:12 PM (#4093149)
One of the most influential go players ever

What's a "go player"? Does it have something to do with his name being "Go"?
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: March 30, 2012 at 03:15 PM (#4093154)
Like everyone, I also momentarily thought Waite Hoyt was still with us and I was flabbergasted.

I was wondering if he had a grandson or something who did play by play.

Anyway, just from the excerpt, he sounds like he was an interesting character; I knew nothing about him other than his pitching for the '27 Yankees.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: March 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM (#4093397)
Who's pitching?

No, who's on first.

Grr ... what is the name of the pitcher?

No what is the name of the second bsaeman.

OK, the name of the pitcher is ...?

Waite.

(extended pause)

Well are you going to tell me the name of the pitcher?

I told you the name of the pitcher.

When?

Center field.
   25. Morty Causa Posted: March 30, 2012 at 07:43 PM (#4093411)
I believe it was Waite Hoyt who roomed with Babe Ruth. When asked how it was to be Ruth's roomie, Hoyt replied, "I don't know. I only room with his suitcase."

Also, supposedly at Ruth's funeral, a hot day, Joe Dugan said something to the effect that he'd give a hundred dollars for a beer. "So would the Babe, I bet," Hoyt replied.
   26. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: March 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM (#4093418)
I believe it was Waite Hoyt who roomed with Babe Ruth. When asked how it was to be Ruth's roomie, Hoyt replied, "I don't know. I only room with his suitcase."


I remember it as Jimmie Reese or Mark Koenig, but it was probably said by everybody who was Ruth's teammate. Reese and Koenig just lived longer than most of the others.

   27. Morty Causa Posted: March 30, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4093434)
I remembered it as Hoyt,but SABR says Ping Bodie. I even remembered where I first read that--in a 35 cents paperback published in 1964, entitled Baseball Laughs (by Herman L. Masin). I probably got the book around that time, and still have it, although I probably have not re-read it in about 35 years. I checked it out just now. Yep, it's Ping Bodie.
   28. Coot Veal and Cot Deal's cols=“100” rows=“20” Posted: March 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4093519)

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