October 3, 2001 |
It's arguably the most famous call in sports. The recording has been replayed countlessly for half a century. On Oct. 3, 1951, Russ Hodges, the radio announcer for the New York Giants, put his stamp on history with an avalanche of verbal hysteria. His heartfelt call on "The Shot Heard Round the World" captured what the grainy black and white film couldn't, the emotion of one of the city's most dramatic baseball moments: "Branca pitches and Bobby takes a strike called on the inside corner.
February 20, 1994 |
FRIDAYS WITH RED: A Radio Friendship by Bob Edwards (Simon & Schuster: $21; 240 pp.) In his latter years, you still would have had to get up pretty early in the morning to put one over on Red Barber--7:35 a.m., to be exact; Fridays. Even at that hour it was hard to ruffle the self-styled Ol' Redhead.
October 31, 1992
Without sentimentalizing or deifying the man, Thomas Bonk let us see why Red Barber (Oct. 23) was a Hall of Fame man and sports figure. Baseball announcing when done at the level of a Red Barber or a Vin Scully is an art and you have done justice to this great artist. G.P. SHEEHY La Crescenta
October 25, 1992 |
Curt Smith compares the announcing styles of the late Red Barber and Mel Allen in his book, "Voices of the Game:" "Barber was white wine, crepes suzette, and bluegrass music. Allen was beer, hot dogs and the United States Marine Band. "Barber's voice was cultured, silken; Allen's voice was extraordinary. Barber etched; like Astaire, Sinatra, he was a balladeer." Trivia time: Name the only Pacific 10 team that hasn't played in the Rose Bowl game?
October 24, 1992 |
The late Red Barber is remembered as the ultimate professional, one who even defied baseball superstition as a radio announcer. Barber worked a 1947 World Series game between the Yankees and Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, where New York pitcher Bill Bevens was working on a no-hitter. When Barber took over for his radio partner, Mel Allen, the voice of the Yankees, in the middle innings, he calmly told his audience the Dodger totals: one run, two errors, no hits.