The Voices Of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect On America’s Pastime
With careers spanning two to three times that of an average player, baseballs best broadcasters have no shortage of history to offer. They have witnessed opening days, no hitters, slugfests, and perfect games, all from arguably the best seats in the house. From former Baltimore Orioles announcer Jon Miller calling Cal Ripken Jr.s record-breaking 2,131st straight game, to Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione witnessing the Curse of the Babe being lifted the night Boston won its first World Series in eighty-six years, broadcasters know their clubs, their stadiums, and their teams in a way that no one else can. In The Voices of Baseball: The Game’s Greatest Broadcasters Reflect on America’s Pastime, Kirk McKnight provides an in-depth look at each of Major League Baseballs thirty ballparks from the perspectives of the games longest-tenured storytellers. These broadcasters share their fondest memories from the booth, what makes their ballparks unique, and even how their ballparks structural features have impacted games. Thirty-three of todays broadcastersfrom newbie Brian Anderson to sixty-five-year veteran Vin Scullypay tribute not only to the edifices that host their broadcasting craft but also to their predecessors, such as Harry Caray and Red Barber, who influenced and inspired them. With decades of broadcasting between them, their stories encapsulate some of Major League Baseballs greatest moments. Generations of baseball fansfrom the veteran who witnessed Joe DiMaggio coming back from World War II to the son or daughter going through the gates turnstiles for the first timewill all enjoy the historic and triumphant moments shared by some of the games greatest broadcasters in The Voices of Baseball.