“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.