On last night's Furious Five we took the sad opportunity of Harry the K's passing to discuss those announcers that have survived them. Rob asked if he was the last of the greats. To this I quickly said no because the All-Time Best (IMO), Vin Scully, is still with us and still doing games out in Los Angeles. But as the conversation turned to whether or not that Scully/Kalas/Buck/Allen/Harwell "gravitas" will pass when the last of them does was far more interesting.
Obviously styles have changed, as they do in any industry that has been around for nearly 100 years. We talked about the Remy/Orsillo team here in Boston. They may be more beloved by their fanbase than any other team out there but for the most part they're tremendous goofballs. I'm just fine with that because well, you've read my writing. But I'm hard pressed to assign "greatness" to any announcers whose most famous call involved a thrown slice of pizza.
Lloyd brought up Jerry Howarth, the Blue Jays radio play by play guy coming up on his 30th year in the booth. I haven't heard Howarth even though, and I'm a little embarassed to admit this, I still cruise around the AM dial at night as I'm going to bed trying to pick up the broadcasts from New York, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis, etc. That makes me sound like I ride to the feed store on a John Deere when I wake up at 4 AM, but screw it. It's fun.
Rob didn't get to say much because he has to listen to Sterling and Waldman.
Like they knew I was writing this, Ernie Harwell is a guest on the Dan Patrick Show right now talking about Harry and Mark Fidrych who also passed yesterday. They just had Harwell pretend he was calling an at bat with Fidrych on the mound. That was really really good.
In any case, the point of this post is for you to tell us who we're missing. Who's good on radio/tv that doesn't get their due? Leave it in the comments, or if you're the shy type, email us. WHO ARE BASEBALL FANS SLEEPIN ON?