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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Frattare retires the voice of the Pirates

Longer than the Gunner?  Wow, he saw a LOT of baseball, great and hideous…

Mr. Frattare, 60, walked into the office of Pirates president Frank Coonelly and told him he was retiring, although he had a year remaining on his contract.

The announcement marks the end of the longest broadcasting career in Pirates history. Mr. Frattare called more than 5,000 games since joining the Pirates in 1976. His tenure surpassed that of the legendary Bob Prince, who Mr. Frattare, along with Milo Hamilton, succeeded.

“It was a difficult and emotional decision,” said Mr. Frattare in a prepared statement by the Pirates, “but in the end I decided it was time.”

The Non-Catching Molina (sjs1959) Posted: October 02, 2008 at 04:22 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, media, pirates

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   1. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: October 02, 2008 at 09:57 PM (#2965104)
I've killed a lot of evenings listening to Lanny on the radio. Can't blame him for wanting a break, and I'm only sorry that he didn't get to go out with a winner.
   2. haven Posted: October 03, 2008 at 02:01 AM (#2965607)
I left Pittsburgh in 1986 at 25. Loved Prince probably because I grew up with him. I think his style actually helped me appreciate Scooter and Kiner. Never liked Frattare all that much. Thought he was pretty boring, although I guess I thought he was OK. Better than Hamilton anyway.
   3. Hurdle's Heroes (SuperBaes) Posted: October 03, 2008 at 12:20 PM (#2965990)
Myron Cope a few years ago, now Lanny. I may never actually listen to a Pittsburgh sports broadcast ever again. Anyone seen Alby Oxenriter anywhere?

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