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2013-10-20 09:16:52 AM
"Vince Skully" would be an awesome name for a comedic metal group (sort of in the same vein as GWAR), but that's not his name, Subby.
 
2013-10-20 09:19:34 AM
Uecker will always be #1 for me just because I grew up listening to him
 
2013-10-20 09:31:03 AM
Here's mine:

1) Harry Caray
2) Jack Buck
3) Bob Uecker
4) Ernie Harwell
5) Dave Niehaus
6) Denny Mathews
7) Joe Tait
8) Vin Scully
9) Mike Shannon
10) Vince Lloyd

Most of these are for their radio work a long time ago. I don't rate the current generation of announcers much at all. TV ruined true baseball announcing. East Coast very underrepresented on this list, because everyone else's list will do the opposite.
 
2013-10-20 09:47:09 AM
Solid list.
Would have included Mike Shannon, and maybe Steve Stone.
 
2013-10-20 09:54:20 AM
Kalas at 2 and Scully at 1 is dead-on. Joe Buck belongs nowhere near this list.
 
2013-10-20 09:56:18 AM
I'd rather watch my parents' honeymoon video than any game Joe Buck us announcing.
 
2013-10-20 09:56:53 AM
Is, even.
 
2013-10-20 09:58:36 AM
Shoepisser.

That should bring NakedReporta and his legendary story toot sweet.

Also, The Gunner is way too low.
 
2013-10-20 10:22:35 AM
Joe Buck is a cancer on the broadcasting world.
 
2013-10-20 10:34:11 AM
100% agree with Gary Cohen at 9. One of the best play-by-play guys in the business.
 
2013-10-20 10:35:24 AM
I can't quibble with that list. Scully is #1, my Reds' Marty Brennaman got the nod about where he should have at #15, and no egregious omissions.
 
2013-10-20 11:25:16 AM
Hawk Harrelson is on the list, thus invalidating it.
 
2013-10-20 11:33:15 AM
Bob Prince is just about where he should be but the example of his game calling they used was a horrible choice.
 
2013-10-20 12:00:00 PM
A slideshow? Really?
 
2013-10-20 12:03:29 PM
List fails for not only having Joe Buck on it, but (much) higher than Costas.
 
2013-10-20 12:04:24 PM

CavalierEternal: Hawk Harrelson is on the list, thus invalidating it.


well he is there only as an honorable mention, so i am kind of okay with that especially since it alludes to what a tool he is....see Tim McCarver also.

Scully, Kalas placement and the total lack of Joe Morgan gets a thumbs up from me.
 
2013-10-20 12:06:57 PM
.. Kaat also waaaaaay too low
 
2013-10-20 12:07:37 PM

SurfaceTension: I can't quibble with that list. Scully is #1, my Reds' Marty Brennaman got the nod about where he should have at #15, and no egregious omissions.


But where is Nuxhall?  He and Brennaman were a fantastic team; listening to them growing up, they were as much a part of the Big Red Machine of the 70s as Morgan and Bench and Rose were.
 
2013-10-20 12:12:44 PM
Hank Greenwald belongs in the top five. Not a Giants fan, but he was mind-stimulatingly brilliant.

Also missing: Bill King, although he was better known for Raiders football, and Ol' Diz, Jay Hannah Dean. He was once castigated during the Depression, by a fan for using the slang word "ain't". His reply was, "A lot of folks who don't say "ain't" ain't eatin'."
 
2013-10-20 12:14:15 PM
How did Ron Santo even make honorable mention? He was awful. A random homeless guy would've done better (and sound the same).

Uecker should be higher, too.
 
2013-10-20 12:16:19 PM
Did I hear my name?

Joe Buck Pissed In My Shoes
a short narrative by NakedReporta

Back when I was 11 and living in St. Louis, my parents decided I was too smart to be wasting my time in public schools and started seeking out private schools. The choice was eventually narrowed to two: John Burroughs and Country Day. I took the admittance test for each, but a kid I really hated from the public school I had attended was also trying to get into Burroughs, so I tanked that test.

Come fall, I was a seventh-grader at St. Louis Country Day School (known as CODASCO for short), whose famous alums include Vincent Price and John Danforth. And so began a year of sheer living hell. Most of the kids at CODASCO came from monied families, while I was this socially inept middle-class kid who wore the same Sears-bought suit every day. I was an immediate target.

One of my classmates was Joe Buck, the son of legendary Cardinals announcer Jack Buck. Joe was kind of a big, fat kid, but he had all the airs of social entitlement. Typical of the kind of stupid crap Buck would pull on me was to ask me if I "knew" my mother or to mock my attire. On more than one occasion, he was one of the ringleaders as five or six kids would decide to simultaneously throttle me.

But the final indignity came on a spring afternoon when we had gym class. We all changed into our standard-issue t-shirts and shorts and trotted out to the baseball field. All, that is, except Joe Buck, who bolted out of the locker room about a minute behind the rest. And when gym period was over, and we returned to the locker room, there were my Docksides-knockoff loafers, filled with the acrid stench of urine. Buck denied it, and the gym teacher didn't really give a shiat.

I had to wear my gym sneakers the rest of the day, then tearfully explain to my parents what had happened. They decided to press the issue, and it culminated in Joe and his mom and my mother and I all meeting with the headmaster. Joe denied it, I couldn't prove it, and the headmaster made us shake hands. I knew the remaining months were only going to be worse. The group beatings and mockery intensified. I barely passed my way through the seventh grade, and the next year I was back in public school. The torment continued -- hey, I was a real dork -- but at least it was free.

Look, kids can do cruel things. Joe was looking to be one of the guys, and I was an easy mark. He couldn't have any idea that my home life was simultaneously crumbling, and that what could have been a respite (time in school, away from home) was instead just compounding my nightmare. I suppose I should forgive the guy. But I can't.

I've managed to slog through a pretty respectable career as a writer. Joe, with his family ties and -- even I have to admit -- considerable talent, is the voice of FOX Sports. And every time I watch a marquee sporting event on FOX, I can't help but pause and reflect that, all those many years ago, that prick pissed in my shoes.

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Putting him #17 on this list is such a joke, I think even Joe Buck would agree.
 
2013-10-20 12:18:53 PM

FrancoFile: But where is Nuxhall? He and Brennaman were a fantastic team; listening to them growing up, they were as much a part of the Big Red Machine of the 70s as Morgan and Bench and Rose were.


Nuxhall was great as a color guy, but as a PBP announcer, not so much.  Now, he and Marty were outstanding together, of course. But I don't think Nuxie was quite at the level of top-25 of all time.
 
2013-10-20 12:23:36 PM

Generation_D: Here's mine:

1) Harry Caray
2) Jack Buck
3) Bob Uecker
4) Ernie Harwell
5) Dave Niehaus
6) Denny Mathews
7) Joe Tait
8) Vin Scully
9) Mike Shannon
10) Vince Lloyd

Most of these are for their radio work a long time ago. I don't rate the current generation of announcers much at all. TV ruined true baseball announcing. East Coast very underrepresented on this list, because everyone else's list will do the opposite.





I'm glad to see someone give Denny Mathews some love. He's been calling games since 1969 when the expansion Royals started play. He's still does every home game and select away games.
 
2013-10-20 12:23:50 PM
I need a Twins fan to tell me if I'm crazy, but Herb Carneal deserves to be in the top ten. Didn't even make honorable mention?
 
2013-10-20 12:30:49 PM

NakedReporta: Did I hear my name?


Why yes, you did.

I wish it was that easy to summon my son.
 
2013-10-20 12:32:48 PM

CavalierEternal: Hawk Harrelson is on the list, thus invalidating it.


I have much more respect for the average Sox fan than I do for the average Cubs fan, since the Sox fans I happen to have met were all enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the game and generally pretty cool, even to a fan of a Central Division rival flagging his team's colors in the middle of the Joan.  In many ways, about the exact opposite of the pink-hat-and-Ray-Bans, Old Style-guzzling Chads and Trixies that have infested the Friendly Confines of late.

Hawk Harrelson just makes me feel embarassed for them.  It's acceptable, if not encouraged, that the home-team radio announcer might change his tone to match the performance of the team on the field.  But Harrelson goes way beyond any limits of reason - if the Sox are having a bad day, he turns into something akin to a petulant child who really needs a nap.
 
2013-10-20 12:34:57 PM
List needs Mike Shannon.
 
2013-10-20 12:43:00 PM

brightsun66: List needs Mike Shannon.




No.
 
2013-10-20 12:45:49 PM
Ernie Harwell

A walking, talking baseball encyclopedia with numbers that ment something and a story for everything. The best broadcaster I have ever heard for any sport.

/biased as heck, but I don't care.
 
2013-10-20 12:53:15 PM

Generation_D: 5) Dave Niehaus


The omission of Niehaus makes the list an abject miserable failure. I don't care to pile on the Joe Buck hate, but it boggles the mind that there exists an actual person who would rank Joe Buck higher than Dave Niehaus as a baseball announcer.
 
2013-10-20 12:53:41 PM
Ernie Harwell was not only a great radio, and sometimes TV, announcer but a great man. One of his greatest shticks was to say the a young man or woman from [insert random Detroit suburb here] caught that last foul ball. We all knew it was fiction but it made the broadcast have a more personal air to it.
He was the Tigers radio announcer for just over 40 years. We here in Detroit still revere the man and he died 3 years ago. There is even a statue of him outside Comerica park (god I hate that name).
 
2013-10-20 01:02:36 PM
Can't argue too much with the list.  I would like to have seen Mark Holtz radio announcer of the Rangers at least get an honorable mention.  He was the voice of the Rangers for 12 or so years and coined (or at used) the terms "Goodbye Mr. Spalding" and "Hello Win Column" which are both used by the Rangers today.

/Eric Nadel ain't too shabby either - Inducted into the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame last year
//Yep - I am a Texas Rangers homer
 
2013-10-20 01:05:49 PM
We may be the Mets, but at least we have the best announcing crew not named Vin Scully.
 
2013-10-20 01:13:56 PM
Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.
 
2013-10-20 01:14:40 PM
Long drive, deep left field....that ball is OUTTA HERE!  Home run, Michael Jack Schmidt!
 
2013-10-20 01:14:48 PM
Uecker is waaaaay too low.

Yes, I am a Brewers fan, but my god, the man knows so much about the game and the weird stuff that nobody else knows, or would even think of talking about.
 
2013-10-20 01:20:30 PM

steamingpile: Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.


1) Ernie Johnson is mediocre on a good day at baseball
2) likely not included for bias reasons, as Johnson works for TBS.. who owns b/r
 
2013-10-20 01:26:43 PM

johnny_vegas: Long drive, deep left field....that ball is OUTTA HERE!  Home run, Michael Jack Schmidt!


Kalas getting the respect he deserves.  Good!
 
2013-10-20 01:27:19 PM

machoprogrammer: How did Ron Santo even make honorable mention? He was awful. A random homeless guy would've done better (and sound the same).

Uecker should be higher, too.


The only time I would watch the Cubs is when they played the Sox and he was the worst.  Once, while someone was batting, Santo was rambling on about losing his keys, and then, finding his keys.  When they played the Sox, I always wanted to have an over/under bet going on the number of times Santo would moan, "OOOOOOHHHHH!", when the Cubs would fark up.
 
2013-10-20 01:28:06 PM
I kinda wish Phil Rizzuto was paired with Bill White.  They were just great together.
 
2013-10-20 01:35:29 PM

Bareefer Obonghit: I'd rather watch my parents' honeymoon video than any game Joe Buck us announcing.


I've seen it and it's not that bad. I like the vid Mrs. Buck and I made on our honeymoon better, but still.
 
2013-10-20 01:42:26 PM

The Bestest: steamingpile: Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.

1) Ernie Johnson is mediocre on a good day at baseball
2) likely not included for bias reasons, as Johnson works for TBS.. who owns b/r


1) Wrong
2) when has bias ever stopped the media?
 
2013-10-20 01:59:17 PM
No Tom Cheek?
Or, is radio excluded?
 
2013-10-20 02:15:05 PM
I'm just happy to see Jon Miller and Kruk & Kuip represented.
 
2013-10-20 02:22:00 PM

steamingpile: Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.


If Buck makes the Top 25 anything then the list sucks regardless of who he beat out.
 
2013-10-20 02:29:04 PM

Shrugging Atlas: steamingpile: Not giving BR the clicks but if Joe Buck is on that list but not Ernie Johnson or Skip Carey then the list is complete shiat.

If Buck makes the Top 25 anything then the list sucks regardless of who he beat out.


Can't even argue, unless mccarver is on it, he's worse.
 
2013-10-20 02:29:06 PM
We can all argue about the best baseball broadcasters, but there's no debating which is the worst sports website.

/sorry, subby, didn't click that link
 
2013-10-20 02:30:43 PM

Super Chronic: Generation_D: 5) Dave Niehaus

The omission of Niehaus makes the list an abject miserable failure. I don't care to pile on the Joe Buck hate, but it boggles the mind that there exists an actual person who would rank Joe Buck higher than Dave Niehaus as a baseball announcer.



Oh so very this.
 
2013-10-20 02:34:18 PM
Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Yuck. And who the hell is Jon Sciambi?
 
2013-10-20 02:39:50 PM
Ralph Kiner as an honorable mention? The man was a malaprop machine. Once he got his OWN NAME WRONG and introduced himself as "Ron Kiner" I remember watching Mets telecasts as a kid just to laugh my ass off at how bad Kiner was.


Phil Rizzuto? The man is one of the least qualified Hall of Fame inductees as a player and is ONLY remembered as an announcer for being in "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" He was better in his Money Store advertisements then he ever was in the broadcast booth

Harry Caray I've heard Harry Call a ball game. It was so bad I wanted the commit Hari Kari afterwords

How can you leave out By Saam? The guy had a great southern accent, not as pronounced as Red Barber's and called more losing games than any announcer in history. He never called a winning season yet he made every game interesting. He also got away with stuff to see if fans were paying attention to the game a great line of his was "That play again for all you guys scoring in bed was ..."
 
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