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(Bleacher Report)   Top 25 MLB announcers of all time. Let's give it up for Vin Scully, gripe about Joe Suck   ( divider line
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1858 clicks; posted to Sports » on 20 Oct 2013 at 11:56 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-10-20 01:59:17 PM  
3 votes:
No Tom Cheek?
Or, is radio excluded?
2013-10-20 11:25:16 AM  
3 votes:
Hawk Harrelson is on the list, thus invalidating it.
2013-10-20 03:52:26 PM  
1 vote:
Holy Toledo!  Bill King not even an honorable mention?
2013-10-20 02:39:50 PM  
1 vote:
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 ..."
2013-10-20 02:29:06 PM  
1 vote:
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 01:13:56 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:53:15 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:45:49 PM  
1 vote:
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 12:16:19 PM  
1 vote:
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.


Putting him #17 on this list is such a joke, I think even Joe Buck would agree.
2013-10-20 12:03:29 PM  
1 vote:
List fails for not only having Joe Buck on it, but (much) higher than Costas.
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