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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Posnanski: Thirty-two Great Calls

Rob Dibble did not make the cut.

25. Jon Miller on Ruben Rivera’s classic base-running error

I’m not going to lie to you: I love Jon Miller. I search for games that he’s calling. I love listening to Jon Miller because he’s smart, and he’s worldly, and he’s funny, and he knows the games are important, but he also knows the games are not THAT important. He was fired by Peter Angelos for reportedly being too blunt, and that makes me love him more. He has worked for 20 years with Joe Morgan without losing his sense of humor and personal feelings for the game, and that makes me love him even more. He does drop-dead impressions of Vin Scully and Al Michaels, and that makes me love the guy even more.

His Ruben Rivera call from 2003 tells the story as well as anything else.

“The pitch, swing, and there’s a shot deep into right center, racing back Dellucci, still going back into Death Valley, it goes right over his glove, he missed it, but Ruben Rivera missed second base. Now he’s heading for third and they’re going to throw him out by plenty, but the throw to third is botched. Now he’s heading home, the loose ball in the infield, and he’s out by five feet at the plate. And that was the worst base-running in the history of the game. The game should be over, and Ruben Rivera just did the worst base-running you will ever see. Unbelievable. Ruben Rivera had gone around second base, and then for some reason seemed to assume that the ball was caught in the outfield. He got totally lost and confused out there, and started to go back to second base as Grissom was pulling in at second. Ruben Rivera was the only man in the ballpark, apparently, who did not know what just happened.”

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   1. The Most Interesting Man In The World Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:07 PM (#3663915)
I do believe the Giants wound up winning the game anyway, so we could all look back at it and laugh. But it was remarkably stupid what Rivera did.

A couple years earlier, Calvin Murray did something similar, but managed to score.
   2. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:18 PM (#3663929)
Good to see that Vin Scully's call of "The Catch" was the highest rated pro football call, as I've lauded it here before, and it's actually surrounded by stuff just as good. Between the time of the Niner run to the six the play before and the kickoff after the go-ahead PAT, it's literally impossible to announce a pro football game any better. His spontaneous stage-setting to The Play that Became The Catch: "talk about six, Tom Landry is six yards away from his sixth Super Bowl ... and, of course, for the upstart 49ers, they're six yards away from Pontiac" puts the forced overwrought punsters of today (e.g., Jim Nantz's "Simon says, 'Championship'"; "That's what Love's all about," etc.) to shame.
   3. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:27 PM (#3663937)
A very worthy piece, many of these appear in the 'Crowd Goes Wild' book/cd. I do love the "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!" clip.

I think I would trade Verne's Tiger Woods call, which was great, for the "Maybe....Yes Sir!" call at the '86 Masters.

I know they weren't as memorable, but Verne Lundquist really has a laundry list of other calls that are world class. Nobody gave better treatment to Les Miles and LSU's meltdown at Ole Miss last year.
   4. Dewey, Soupuss Not Doomed to Succeed Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:30 PM (#3663940)
The pitch, swing, and there’s a shot deep into right center, racing back Dellucci, still going back into Death Valley, it goes right over his glove, he missed it, but Ruben Rivera missed second base. Now he’s heading for third and they’re going to throw him out by plenty, but the throw to third is botched. Now he’s heading home, the loose ball in the infield, and he’s out by five feet at the plate. And that was the worst base-running in the history of the game. The game should be over, and Ruben Rivera just did the worst base-running you will ever see. Unbelievable. Ruben Rivera had gone around second base, and then for some reason seemed to assume that the ball was caught in the outfield. He got totally lost and confused out there, and started to go back to second base as Grissom was pulling in at second. Ruben Rivera was the only man in the ballpark, apparently, who did not know what just happened.


If this was a radio call, it would be absolutely outstanding. Perfectly described what happened.

If it was a television call, it's way, way too wordy. Television announcers need to mostly STFU during plays.
   5. Ron Johnson Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:34 PM (#3663946)
#3 "Better than most" was also a pretty good call.
   6. RJ in TO Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:40 PM (#3663952)
The list includes Tom Cheek's call, so I'm happy with it.
   7. RJ in TO Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:43 PM (#3663955)
Also, as a possible correction related to #30, I don't remember Tie Domi ever going into the stands. I do remember, however, some idiot (in Philly?) falling into the penalty box with Tie when the rear glass gave way because the idiot was hanging over it and yelling at Tie. The way Tie's eyes lit up when he realised who was now sitting next to him was roughly like a kid seeing what was under the tree on Christmas morning.
   8. AndrewJ Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:44 PM (#3663956)
The Ruben Rivera call was of a play from a game on May 27th, 2003. Not exactly a playoff or World Series-caliber moment.

Oh yeah, and the Giants went on to win the game in 13, anyway.
   9. Nasty Nate Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:46 PM (#3663958)
I don't really like the Buckner call. "Behind the bag!" gets the emphasis, and it's kind of a meaningless phrase.
   10. Famous Original Joe C Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:49 PM (#3663962)
I don't really like the Buckner call. "Behind the bag!" gets the emphasis, and it's kind of a meaningless phrase.

I don't even have to look...

"Little roller up along first....BEHIND THE BAG! It gets through Buckner! Here comes Knight and the Mets win it!"

(Checks) Yep, that was it. Thank god for 2004.

Also, #### Ulf Samuelsson.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:50 PM (#3663963)
The Ruben Rivera call was of a play from a game on May 27th, 2003. Not exactly a playoff or World Series-caliber moment.


Interestingly, the same year Neifi scored for the Giants when the Expos exposed their utter ignorance of the infield fly rule and rquired the disgusted Frank Robinson to come out of the dugout and tell his idiot players to shut the hell up.
   12. Lassus Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:52 PM (#3663966)
If this was a radio call, it would be absolutely outstanding. Perfectly described what happened.

It was. You can find a video of it on Youtube synched up with the play.
   13. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:53 PM (#3663969)
I think I understand your criticism of "Behind the bag", but to me that's why the call was awesome, because in a normal world, a 1st baseman makes that play (I've heard Scully say 'behind the bag' many times) but in this case, Scully was about the use the phrase in a normal tone, during the natural course of the play, but of course his eyes were faster than his tongue and out came "Behind the Bag!" No doubt, it is a meaningless phrase on its own, but they way it was delivered underscores the shocking nature of the play which concluded a night where all the fans, as Scully put it, were "put through the wringer."
   14. Steve Phillips' Hot Cougar (DrStankus) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:55 PM (#3663972)
@4

That was a radio call.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 07:57 PM (#3663973)

I don't really like the Buckner call. "Behind the bag!" gets the emphasis, and it's kind of a meaningless phrase.


From Poz:

In the end, I think there is something ineffable about the greatest calls, something that — when taken out of the moment — might not seem so magical. Is “Havlicek steals the ball!” really so brilliant a four-word sentence? Is “There are no flags on the field!” such a fascinating insight? Is “The Giants win the pennant!” shouted again and again brilliant craftsmanship? I think it’s the moment, the unrepeatable moment, that makes those calls breathtaking and chilling and wonderful. It is the singular dalliance between elation of the voice and wonderment of the moment and power of the words.
   16. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:04 PM (#3663976)
In the end, I think there is something ineffable about the greatest calls, something that — when taken out of the moment — might not seem so magical. Is “Havlicek steals the ball!” really so brilliant a four-word sentence? Is “There are no flags on the field!” such a fascinating insight? Is “The Giants win the pennant!” shouted again and again brilliant craftsmanship? I think it’s the moment, the unrepeatable moment, that makes those calls breathtaking and chilling and wonderful. It is the singular dalliance between elation of the voice and wonderment of the moment and power of the words.



So in the end, it's not really the call, but the moment.
   17. Moloka'i Three-Finger Brown (Declino DeShields) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:07 PM (#3663983)
I think I would trade Verne's Tiger Woods call, which was great, for the "Maybe....Yes Sir!" call at the '86 Masters.


Absolutely. That's precisely what I was going to say.

Poz rates Scully's and Buck's calls of Gibson's homer equally, saying it's impossible to compare them. But I greatly prefer Scully's call. Poz makes a great point about Scully's use of crowd noise. And Buck's second "I don't believe what I just saw" also strikes me as a little bit vain, like he was gilding the lilly on an already historic call.
   18. Matthew E Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:09 PM (#3663986)
Anybody remember the call of some big horse race in which Cigar was the winner? I kinda liked that one.
   19. Nasty Nate Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:10 PM (#3663989)
re: 13, 15 - Yeah, its really the magic escalation of Scully's voice and the moment more than the words. But I think this particular call would be much better if "It gets through Buckner!" had gotten the emphasis.
   20. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:12 PM (#3663991)
Poz's #6, Chic Anderson on Secretariat at the Belmont, would be #3 on my list. That Belmont has to be the single most dominating performance in all of sports, in part because it happened so damn fast, and ... I mean, c'mon. 31 lengths!

(I suppose if you're a boxing fan, Tyson v. Spinks would beat that, but I don't like boxing much.)

I don't know if the Secretariat movie is any good, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.
   21. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:15 PM (#3663994)
Anybody remember the call of some big horse race in which Cigar was the winner? I kinda liked that one.


Probably Dave Johnson, whose "And DOWN the stretch they come," may be the best stock phrase in all sports broadcasting. His delivery on it is perfect.
   22. Steve Treder Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:16 PM (#3663996)
I don't know if the Secretariat movie is any good, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

It's good. Not great, but good. Standard sports-movie cliche of a plot (the underdog winning The Big Game at the end), but hey, it's a cliche because it's always satisfying in a comfort-food sort of way.

But this one has a bit more than that going for it: it's essentially a feminist story about a strong, smart woman going it alone and winning in a man's game. And Diane Lane, along with being indescribably beautiful, is a damn fine actress.
   23. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:17 PM (#3664001)
I think I would trade Verne's Tiger Woods call, which was great, for the "Maybe....Yes Sir!" call at the '86 Masters.

Superduperstar for superstar, but yes.
   24. Delino DeShields & Yarnell Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:19 PM (#3664003)
Needs more San Diego Chicken.
   25. Matthew E Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:25 PM (#3664009)
Probably Dave Johnson, whose "And DOWN the stretch they come," may be the best stock phrase in all sports broadcasting. His delivery on it is perfect.


Maybe. The part I remember is right at the end, where Cigar has it all wrapped up, and the guy says something like, "...unstoppable...unbeatable...invincible Cigar!"

Which actually sounds kind of weird if you don't know that Cigar is a racehorse.
   26. BWV 1129 Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:28 PM (#3664011)
- In the end, I think there is something ineffable about the greatest calls, something that — when taken out of the moment — might not seem so magical. Is “Havlicek steals the ball!” really so brilliant a four-word sentence? Is “There are no flags on the field!” such a fascinating insight? Is “The Giants win the pennant!” shouted again and again brilliant craftsmanship? I think it’s the moment, the unrepeatable moment, that makes those calls breathtaking and chilling and wonderful. It is the singular dalliance between elation of the voice and wonderment of the moment and power of the words.

So in the end, it's not really the call, but the moment.


The call matters.
   27. TerpNats Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:29 PM (#3664013)
How about Jack Buck's Kirk Gibson call on radio in 1988: "This is gonna be a home run...I don't believe what I just saw!"?
   28. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:30 PM (#3664014)
Which actually sounds kind of weird if you don't know that Cigar is a racehorse.


Sometimes, it just is.
   29. AndrewJ Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:30 PM (#3664015)
Poz rates Scully's and Buck's calls of Gibson's homer equally, saying it's impossible to compare them.

I remember being in my dorm room junior year in college watching NBC's coverage of Game 1 with the sound down, and my stereo on with the CBS radio play-by-play on at top volume; the radio coverage came in a second or two faster than the TV. So my memory is of watching the TV broadcast of Gibson's HR while listening to the Jack Buck call.

And Buck's second "I don't believe what I just saw" also strikes me as a little bit vain, like he was gilding the lilly on an already historic call.

Eh, he was only saying out loud what everybody following the game was thinking to themselves.
   30. SoSH U at work Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:32 PM (#3664016)
The call matters.


The Joe Buck exception is noted.
   31. CraigK Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:41 PM (#3664021)
   32. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:42 PM (#3664022)
That Cosell "Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier! Down goes Frazier!" call is kind of ironic, because by the time we hear the second "Down goes Frazier!", Frazier is already up on his feet. But the rest of the round is as good as it gets, easily Cosell's best three minutes, and I would've put it right below Hodges.
   33. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:43 PM (#3664023)
Am I the only one who has a memory of Buck saying "the Tigers win!" on Gibson's home run? I swear to God he said that and a friend of mine remembers it also. I don't know if maybe we just saw some program that played the homer with a call of an old Tiger game that Gibson had won on a homer or what but my brain is insisting that happened.

And "she is...gone!" is just fantastic.
   34. stanmvp48 Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:44 PM (#3664024)
"And Secretariat is moving like a tremendous machine". I watch that race once a month and still get goose bumps. One of the most dominating performance as somebody said earlier. Incidentally, if Beyer's speed figures are correct, the second place horse from 73 would have won this year's Belmont.
   35. Lassus Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:46 PM (#3664026)
(the underdog winning The Big Game at the end)

They manage to paint Secretariat as an underdog?
   36. Patriot Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:49 PM (#3664029)
#25--It's Tom Durkin calling Cigar's win in the 1995 Breeders Cup Classic to cap his undefeated season. I also love Durkin's call of the 2001 Classic ("Tiznow wins it for America") and many others, although he's slipped in recent years.
   37. Steve Treder Posted: October 14, 2010 at 08:52 PM (#3664032)
They manage to paint Secretariat as an underdog?


Not really the underdog in that race, but unproven because he'd never raced that distance before. And certainly his owner (and the movie is much more about her than about the horse) is painted as the underdog; it's presented as her contest and her win at least as much as those of the horse.
   38. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:01 PM (#3664039)
I always thought Secretariat was literally the least underdoglike creature in the history of sports except possibly for Mike Tyson.
   39. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:01 PM (#3664040)
I watch that race once a month and still get goose bumps.
Same here! And yeah, Andy Beyer has, over the last few years, taken to annually shamming the Belmont winner by comparing their speed number to Secretariat's.

I used to follow it almost as closely as I followed baseball when I was a kid in the 80s, when you had names like Sunday Silence, Spectacular Bid, Easy Goer, John Henry, and Alysheba around, and greats like Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Alydar, and Forego had just retired. It's a shame horse racing has become an invisible sport.
   40. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:05 PM (#3664042)
Am I the only one who has a memory of Buck saying "the Tigers win!" on Gibson's home run? I swear to God he said that and a friend of mine remembers it also. I don't know if maybe we just saw some program that played the homer with a call of an old Tiger game that Gibson had won on a homer or what but my brain is insisting that happened.


Jack Buck did the radio of the 1984 World Series, so that may be what you're remembering. Although there were no Gibby walk offs in that.
   41. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:07 PM (#3664044)
That Belmont has to be the single most dominating performance in all of sports, in part because it happened so damn fast, and ... I mean, c'mon. 31 lengths!

(I suppose if you're a boxing fan, Tyson v. Spinks would beat that, but I don't like boxing much.)"


Only if you consider horse racing a sport. (I know, many, maybe most, people do. I don't.) I'd rate Louis vs. Schmeling 2 and Foreman vs. Frazier 1 as better performances than Tyson vs. Spinks. My favorite Foreman call is in round 4 of the Lyle fight. It's at 4:55. The whole round is worth seeing by itself; it starts at 3:15.

Fun list. I don't agree with half the choices, and loathe 2 of his top 5, but complaining about that would miss the point. It's not supposed to be accurate, it's supposed to be a conversation starter. And it is.
   42. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:09 PM (#3664045)
Interestingly, the same year Neifi scored for the Giants when the Expos exposed their utter ignorance of the infield fly rule and rquired the disgusted Frank Robinson to come out of the dugout and tell his idiot players to shut the hell up.
Remember it well - that was great.
   43. Willie Mayspedester Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:12 PM (#3664047)
No Hawk?

He gone!
   44. Perry Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:14 PM (#3664049)
I think I understand your criticism of "Behind the bag", but to me that's why the call was awesome, because in a normal world, a 1st baseman makes that play (I've heard Scully say 'behind the bag' many times) but in this case, Scully was about the use the phrase in a normal tone, during the natural course of the play, but of course his eyes were faster than his tongue and out came "Behind the Bag!" No doubt, it is a meaningless phrase on its own, but they way it was delivered underscores the shocking nature of the play which concluded a night where all the fans, as Scully put it, were "put through the wringer."


Similar thing with Buck on the "Go Crazy" call...."Smith corks one into right DOWN THE LINE! IT MAY GO!" He was describing where the ball was hit at the same time he must have realized "Holy sh**, that's got a chance," and the "down the line" came out with more emphasis than the phrase ordinarily would warrant.
   45. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:20 PM (#3664054)
Those of us in Kansas City will always have the unforgettable "And Quinn falls down!" call. I think it was Fred White.
   46. An Athletic in Powderhorn™ Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:29 PM (#3664062)
What's the best call not on this list? Just off the top of my head:

"Orr! Bobby Orr!" 0:34
Steve Young's run.
The Sea of Hands catch. 6:13
   47. Dr. Vaux Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:29 PM (#3664063)
Fred White had a few good ones. One of my favorites--completely insignificant, but fun--was in a game in either 1996 or 1997 during the home run payoff inning. There was $25,000 prize or something like that if a Royal hit a grand slam in the inning. Talking about the idea of jackpots because the Royals had loaded the bases, he mentioned a game show called "Big Casino." Right afterward, as if on cue, the Royals batter--I have no idea who it was--hit a grand slam, and White said, more surprised than anything, "and [contestant's name] just hit the big casino!"
   48. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:48 PM (#3664074)
No keith Jackson? Curious omission. His call of the Colorado-Michigan 1994 Hail Mary is better, IMO, than the Flutie call from the prior decade.
   49. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:48 PM (#3664075)
I don't know if the Secretariat movie is any good, but I'm looking forward to seeing it.

It's good. Not great, but good. Standard sports-movie cliche of a plot (the underdog winning The Big Game at the end)

Wait - an underdog wins at the end of a movie on Secretariat?
   50. Lassus Posted: October 14, 2010 at 09:52 PM (#3664080)
Remember it well - that was great.

And here it is!

Robinson's overwhelming, utterly dismissive disgust at his own team is hilarious. Too bad there weren't on-field mics.
   51. Mike Emeigh Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:14 PM (#3664085)
Ruben Rivera had a really weird career. Before 2010, when both Carlos Pena and Mark Reynolds did it, he was one of only three players to hit 20 or more home runs in a season in which he batted under .200 - with the other two, Rob Deer and Mark McGwire, being much better known. That season came in the middle of a three-year stretch with the Padres during which he never batted higher than .210, and after the third of those seasons, in 2000, the Padres let him go. He hooked up with Cincinnati, had a decent year as a part-timer in 2001, then hooked up with the Yankees (his original club) in ST 2002 - and that's when he stole a glove and bat from Derek Jeter's locker and tried to sell them outside, which earned him an equally quick release.

-- MWE
   52. Moe Greene Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:23 PM (#3664090)
And here it is!

Robinson's overwhelming, utterly dismissive disgust at his own team is hilarious. Too bad there weren't on-field mics.


This is one of my all-time favorites.

What I've always wondered: What in the world was Neifi doing jogging toward home in the first place? I assumed that he was equally confused when the ball dropped, and only as he approached home did he figure out what was happening.
   53. pthomas Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:25 PM (#3664092)
The Gibson Homer Call: I was listening to the Dodger radio broadcast that night with the TV on....so the call I heard was from Don Drysdale. I've heard the others, and yes, they are nice, but this one from Drysdale gives me goosebumps every time I hear it.

http://contursi.freeyellow.com/baseballtour/sounds/sounds/gibsonhrdrysdale.wma

Drysdale just lost it...in a good way.
   54. Juan V Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:37 PM (#3664098)
What's the best call not on this list? Just off the top of my head:


"Your boys took a hell of a beating!"
   55. Steve Treder Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:41 PM (#3664101)
Wait - an underdog wins at the end of a movie on Secretariat?

Sigh ... I've already explained this. The owner is the underdog, not the horse.
   56. stanmvp48 Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:42 PM (#3664102)
"Down goes Frazhuh, down goes Frazhuh"
   57. Gold Star - just Gold Star Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:43 PM (#3664104)
Drysdale just lost it...in a good way.

Yes. Yes, he did.
Oh, the band is out on the field!
When a marching band does its thing at halftime, I'm prone to yelping that out.
   58. Mindworm Posted: October 14, 2010 at 10:46 PM (#3664107)
On the Gibson homer, I was working, TV silent on the other side of the room, radio on headphones. When Gibson hit it out I thought "I don't believe it!" Immediately after, Buck said practically the same thing, and it was awesome. I had taped the game, so watched it when I went home. The great thing about the Scully call was the whole scene, from when Gibson walks out of the dugout, not just that last pitch.
   59. Dave Spiwak Posted: October 14, 2010 at 11:52 PM (#3664135)
At the bottom of Poz's article somebody suggested a GREAT one I hadn't heard before -- the last 3 mins of the John Tyler-Plano East Texas HS Football playoff game from 1994 (AKA "The Greatest High School Football Game of All Time").

Plano East is down 41 - 17 to John Tyler with 2 minutes and 42 seconds left in the game ... and even though you KNOW something crazy is going to happen, the end is STILL totally insane.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkABO0VwCg

Here are some samples of the commentary:

"Good gosh almighty Joe Friday," ... "Y'all done missed the greatest comeback of all-time," and "God bless those kids ... I'm going to throw up."
   60. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 14, 2010 at 11:53 PM (#3664137)
"Your boys took a hell of a beating!"

It's sad, but other than "touch them all, Joe", that might be the call that's most memorable for me. Between the gleeful way he calls for the replay to the way he says "that guy needs a hug", that might be the perfect call. The way he pronounces "oh Monsieur" is the thing that makes it a classic call.
   61. CraigK Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:05 AM (#3664140)
#59: you forgot my all-time favorite line in announcing history:

"I done wet my britches."

So Texas.
   62. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:09 AM (#3664142)
Fun list but incomplete with out some Skip Carey. Either Francisco Cabrera's hit or (preferably) Otis Nixon's catch needs to be there.

The Nixon catch has it all. The resignation in Skip's voice when Van Slyke connects because Skip's pretty sure it's gone. The buildup "Nixon goes as far as he can go...". The payoff "He caught the ball! He caught the ball! I can't believe it!" And a big moment, top of the ninth robbery of the two run homer in a 1-0 game.
   63. CraigK Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:18 AM (#3664144)
Interesting footnote on the Plano East game: The superstar runningback/kicker in the clip is Terence Green, who was a third baseman in the independent leagues for a while.
   64. Dale Sams Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:39 AM (#3664154)
One could include a couple

with a different tone.

or Jim McKay's "They are all gone"
   65. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:57 AM (#3664159)
What I've always wondered: What in the world was Neifi doing jogging toward home in the first place? I assumed that he was equally confused when the ball dropped, and only as he approached home did he figure out what was happening.


It was actually a really smart play by Neifi the whole way. The shortstop was out near second base and the third baseman was chasing the ball. He followed Tatis down the line, presumably knowing he could get back if necessary.
   66. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:59 AM (#3664161)
Thanks for the link in #59.
   67. ChadBradfordWannabe Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:08 AM (#3664165)
Horse racing has some of the best calls, IMO....

Really nice to see #6 there, actually. It obviously happened before I was born, but the first time I heard the Secretariat call, I was hooked on that call by Chic Anderson. There's actually a really cool youtube video that has an extended call, including post-race where Anderson keeps mentioning the winning time...

Couple others stand out to me:

--Birdstone over Smarty Jones in '04 ("but Birdstone is gonna make him earn it today. The whip is out on Smarty Jones...."
--Victory Gallop over Real Quiet (I forget when, but it was VERY close and there's a really cool call.)

But yeah, I'm still partial to the Gibson call (Scully for the first part, Buck for the "I don't believe what I just saw")
   68. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:12 AM (#3664166)
Ron Santo: "OH NO!"
   69. stanmvp48 Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:19 AM (#3664168)
>or Jim McKay's "They are all gone"<

Yes, who can forget
Has it been 38 years
   70. Ron J Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:25 AM (#3664169)
Wait - an underdog wins at the end of a movie on Secretariat?


Not that there are possible plot spoilers in a movie about Secretariat, but ...

The more I think of it, the more it feels like an old "save the family farm" movie (generally featuring Lassie or some other wonder animal)

The owner's the underdog.
   71. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:28 AM (#3664170)
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ruben+rivera+baserunning&aq=f
   72. Juan V Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:30 AM (#3664171)
It's sad, but other than "touch them all, Joe", that might be the call that's most memorable for me. Between the gleeful way he calls for the replay to the way he says "that guy needs a hug", that might be the perfect call. The way he pronounces "oh Monsieur" is the thing that makes it a classic call.


I don't think we're talking about the same call.
   73. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:50 AM (#3664177)
Of all the well known homer's of broadcasting, I think Larry Munson (Georgia football) may have the best resume of calls. His style was part talking directly at the Bulldogs, and part get off my lawn cranky old man.

His "Lindsay Scott, Lindsay Scott" call made it on this list, which is awesome because what he says well after the play. "You know this game has always been called the World's Greatest Cocktail Party, do you know what's gonna happen here tonight, and up at St. Simmons and Jeckyl Island, and all those places where all those dawg people have got those condominiums for 4 days. Man is there going to be some property destroyed tonight."

He's got tons of classics, "I'm not asking too much you guys, but you guys didn't hear me, Hunker Down!" After winning the SEC in dramatic fashion against Auburn: "Look at the sugar falling from the sky, look at the sugar falling from the sky!"

"We saved ourselves, we saved ourselves! No, wait, no we didn't, old lady luck, old lady luck saved us!"
and my favorite
'We just stepped on their face with a hobnailed boot and broke their nose..we crushed their face.'' last second win at UTenn.

Larry Munson's audio vault
   74. Nasty Nate Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:50 AM (#3664178)
Thanks for the link in #59.


seconded. wow
   75. Good cripple hitter Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:01 AM (#3664181)
I don't think we're talking about the same call.

I'd thought you were misquoting "the boys took a beating on that one, mmm" from the infamous "gate to the groin" skiing video. Apparently there's another call involving boys being beaten, but I still hold that my one is a classic in sports journalism.
   76. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:04 AM (#3664183)
The Plano EAst-Johny Tyler game is great beacuse of the announcers, who might be the most pathetic human beings on the face of the earth. I mean, who the #### gives a #### about a high school football game except for the kids on the team and their parents? That seriously is ####### disturbing. Texas is a scary place. They're KIDS!!! Do they freak out over little league too?
   77. Juan V Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:04 AM (#3664184)
The full call, after Norway beat England in the qualifiers for the 1982 World Cup

"We are the best in the world! We are the best in the world! We have beaten England 2-1 in football!! It is completely unbelievable! We have beaten England! England, birthplace of giants. Lord Nelson, Lord Beaverbrook, Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Anthony Eden, Clement Attlee, Henry Cooper, Lady Diana--we have beaten them all. We have beaten them all.

"Maggie Thatcher can you hear me? Maggie Thatcher, I have a message for you in the middle of the election campaign. I have a message for you: We have knocked England out of the football World Cup. Maggie Thatcher, as they say in your language in the boxing bars around Madison Square Garden in New York: Your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating!"
   78. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:06 AM (#3664186)
Thanks for the link in #59.


seconded. wow


that was top notch. All this time I was convinced that game was Stadia Olympique. How was that scored (Bonds' plate app.)?
   79. Tuque Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:08 AM (#3664187)
"I done wet my britches."

Yeah, that was a great ###### video.
   80.   Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:12 AM (#3664189)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHkABO0VwCg


Baahahahahahaha!

As I'm watching it I'm thinking about how much I want to strangle those ######### on audio, and then the ending....hahahahah! Perfect.
   81. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:25 AM (#3664193)
He's got tons of classics, "I'm not asking too much you guys, but you guys didn't hear me, Hunker Down!" After winning the SEC in dramatic fashion against Auburn: "Look at the sugar falling from the sky, look at the sugar falling from the sky!"

"he broke our hearts with 2 seconds to go.."
   82. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 03:03 AM (#3664209)
No keith Jackson? Curious omission.


Much as I love Vin Scully, I think Jackson's probably my favorite sports announcer of all time. I was sad not to find any of his work on this list, good as it was.

Just to make up for it, we can listen to Keen Hacksaw.
   83. Dale Sams Posted: October 15, 2010 at 03:09 AM (#3664214)
Was it wheaties that did the softball/Kirk Gibson-touch football/Doug Flutie commercials?

I can't find them on youtube.
   84. Roger Cedeno's Spleen Posted: October 15, 2010 at 03:39 AM (#3664229)
“It's good! It's good! It is GOOOOOOOOOOD! Pigs have flown! Hell has frozen over! The Saints are on their way to the Super Bowl!”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVLUdrFDyZs
   85. bobm Posted: October 15, 2010 at 03:47 AM (#3664233)
[9] [13] I still prefer the Bob Murphy / Gary Thorne radio call of the ball through Buckner's legs to the Scully call.

MURPHY: "Mookie Wilson still hoping to win it for New York ... 3 and 2 the count ... And the pitch by Stanley ... And a ground ball trickling ... It is a fair ball. Gets by Buckner! Rounding third, Knight ... The Mets will win the ballgame ... The Mets win! They win!"

THORNE: "Unbelievable! The Red Sox in stunned ... disbelief!"

IMO Murphy's pronounciation of the word "trickling" just perfectly conveys the sense of the slow grounder creeping towards Buckner.

You can find the audio <a href="http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20040804&c>here</a>.
   86. Downtown Bookie Posted: October 15, 2010 at 04:10 AM (#3664248)
In 1998, Real Quiet, ridden by jockey Kent Desormeaux, won the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown. If Real Quiet could win the Belmont, he would not only be the first Triple Crown winner in two decades, he would be the recipient of a $5 million bonus offered by Visa that year to any horse who could sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

Here, courtesy of YouTube, is the video of the 1998 Belmont Stakes, featuring Tom Durkin's classic call.

The key line comes right after Real Quiet and Victory Gallop cross the finish line together, completing the mile and a half race at virtually the same time, making for a photo finish.

"Was it Real Quiet or was it Victory Gallop? A picture is worth a thousand words … this photo is worth five million dollars!”

DB
   87. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: October 15, 2010 at 04:29 AM (#3664254)
The Saints announcers calling the end of this game is classic. (Not the national guys you get in most of the clip, but the very end there).
   88. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:37 PM (#3664292)
Ernie Harwell, 1968: "Don Wert singles, the Tigers mob Don, Kaline has scored, the fans are streaming on the field...and Tigers have won their first pennant since nineteen hundred and forty five! Let's listen to the bedlam [BOOM!] here at Tiger Stadium!"

Bliss.
   89. Kurt Posted: October 15, 2010 at 12:53 PM (#3664298)
I've always been partial to "...and the Mets win the damn thing", but I can't remember the exact game. Any help?
   90. Dale Sams Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:07 PM (#3664303)
What does it matter? I thought the Yanks had it wrapped up cause they are "27 to none", or "The Yanks are going to eat the Rangers for lunch"
   91. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:08 PM (#3664305)
I really have no idea who it is, but there is an awesome bumper they play on the radio station here of some announcer doing a football game - I presume college - who is only shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!" in sheer horror.
   92. Francoeur Sans Gages (AlouGoodbye) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:13 PM (#3664309)
Greatest commentary ever. Traffic stopped.
   93. Flynn Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:19 PM (#3664311)
I really have no idea who it is, but there is an awesome bumper they play on the radio station here of some announcer doing a football game - I presume college - who is only shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!" in sheer horror.

Are you sure that's not Ron Santo in the Brant Brown game?
   94. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:27 PM (#3664316)
Awesome video in #59:

"Y'all done missed the greatest comeback of all-time,"


of ALL TIME! very Kanye-esqe!
   95. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:54 PM (#3664327)

Are you sure that's not Ron Santo in the Brant Brown game?


It might be, but it doesn't sound quite the same and they use it in segments about football.
   96. bobm Posted: October 15, 2010 at 01:59 PM (#3664331)
[89] From wikipedia:

Because he was so well-known for his sunny outlook, an unprecedented display of crankiness on his part received much attention. On July 25, 1990 in Philadelphia, the Mets took a 10-3 lead into the ninth inning, but the Phillies opened the inning with seven consecutive singles, followed by a walk, and scored six runs to narrow the Mets lead to one run before the Mets were able to turn a double-play and get a line drive out. Murphy's patience was apparently worn thin by the long inning, and when the game finally ended, he famously exclaimed, "A line drive caught. The game is over. The Mets win it. A line drive to Mario Diaz. And the Mets win the ballgame! They win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!" The use of an expletive was so out of character that it was frequently cited as one of his more memorable moments following Murphy's retirement from the booth in 2003 and later when the Mets honored him after his death in 2004.
   97. S.F. Giangst Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:07 PM (#3664336)
"The Catch" and the woman in the white coat at 1:46 is a classic: "That fu..."
   98. Dag Nabbit is part of the zombie horde Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:16 PM (#3664345)
I really have no idea who it is, but there is an awesome bumper they play on the radio station here of some announcer doing a football game - I presume college - who is only shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!" in sheer horror.

Is that the end of the clip in #59?
   99. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:20 PM (#3664351)
I didn't a get a chance to listen to a lot of these calls as they happened, but I remember listening tp the Howie Rose "Matteau" call at the time, and thinking very soon after that it was a brilliant moment for an announcer. I mean I didn't need anyone to tell me that was an awesome and unique bit of announcing. How about you guys? Do you remember announcing, that at the moment or very soon after, you thought was special?
   100. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: October 15, 2010 at 02:36 PM (#3664364)
I really have no idea who it is, but there is an awesome bumper they play on the radio station here of some announcer doing a football game - I presume college - who is only shouting "NOOOOOOOOO!!! NOOOOOOO!!!!!" in sheer horror.


I haven't heard it in a long time, but that could be the ending of LSU at Kentucky in '02 when Kentucky thought they had won the game, Guy Morris got a gatorade bath, and the hail mary pass snuck behind UK defenders, and Devry Henderson caught the deflected ball from Marcus Randall. All the UK students with their blue ties running on the field to celebrate. Ooops. That very well could be a 'Noooooooo Noooooooooo!!!!. Otherwise, when I hear that, I think about Santo.
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