September 27, 1988 |
NBC announcer Charlie Jones said he was shaken by his miscall of the 800-meter race during Sunday night's Olympic coverage, but knew he had to pull himself together to call the next race. "It bothered me all night long," Jones said from Seoul Monday. "You prepare your whole life for the Olympics and then you make a mistake like that." Jones identified Nixon Kiprotich of Kenya as the winner of the 800, when actually it was another Kenyan, Paul Ereng. Kiprotich finished eighth.
November 12, 1993 |
A little more than a year ago, in late August, Charlie Jones was called to New York by his bosses at NBC and told he was being taken off golf in favor of Jim Lampley. "I thought they were going to tell me what a good job I had done on the Olympics," Jones said this week. Jones was stunned by what they really wanted to tell him, to say the least. But he rolled with the punches. "Sure, it hurt," Jones says now. "But what could I do about it?"
September 26, 1988 |
Move over Clem McCarthy, you've got company. McCarthy is the old-time radio sportscaster who miscalled the 1947 Preakness. He said the winning horse was Jet Pilot, when actually the winner was, appropriately, named Faultless. McCarthy wasn't faultless that day, May 10, 1947, and Charlie Jones wasn't faultless during Sunday night's NBC Olympic telecast. Jones announced the winner of the men's 800 meters as Nixon Kiprotich of Kenya, when actually it was another Kenyan, Paul Ereng.
September 29, 1990
By what stretch of the imagination does Larry Stewart describe Charlie Jones as an "outstanding" baseball announcer? Jones is arguably the worst baseball announcer in the Los Angeles market. I hope SportsChannel can find somebody else to team with the much-improved Ken Brett on Angel telecasts in 1991. DENNIS F. HANRAHAN, La Habra
September 26, 1991 |
You can always keep your eye open for stars at the grocery store--a number of celebrities make their home in North County. Cop novel author Joseph Wambaugh, sportscasters Dick Enberg and Charlie Jones, singer Patti Page, actor Victor Mature and recent arrival Janet Jackson, among others, reside in North County. There are also local celebrities to watch for--such as Joan Kroc, Ernie Hahn and Jenny Craig.