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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

CBS Sports Did This 1st & It Changed The Face OF Baseball On TV

I should note that when I was growing up in "The Borough Of Churches", namely Brooklyn(Cypress Hills To Be Exact), I usually watched NBC's AFL Coverage with Mr Curt Gowdy Sr, he also the Voice of the NBC MLB Game Of The Week;

Occassionally, I would view the NFL on CBS, listening to a Mr Jack Buck(All Before Dulcet-Toned, Blonde-Highlighted Joe was born);

The Elder Buck was better, trust me as I write this. I knew his Football Work on CBS, as one fine play by play man;

Fast Forward to CBS Sports 1990 & CBS gets the MLB Saturday Contract, Playoffs & World Series;

A new style of broadcasting was coming to the fore. Jack Buck was Old School, as the Play-By-Play Man ran the show in the booth. The New Style was where it was the Lead Baseball Analyst would run the show in the booth, with the play-by-play man, as set-up-Intro to the Analyst;

CBS introduced us to the Analyst, WHO WOULD NOT STOP TALKING;

Fast-Forward to the World Television Premiere of "Same Game-New Attitude"-FOX Saturday Baseball Major League Game Of The Week, on Saturday, June 7th, 1996, LA Dodgers at NY Mets, at Shea Stadium. The Most-Feared Words were spoken at 1:15PM, ET that day & they were as follows;

"I'm Joe Buck & will be momentarily joined by Tim Mc Carver";

The Lead Baseball Analyst breaks down plays & makes them interesting. Tim, this past Saturday(SF Giants @ Boston Red Sox), made this memorable gaffe, in that "The last time the Giants had a man on base was in the 4th Inning with Youkilis";

Kevin Youkilis is with The Red Sox;

Tim has a history of getting players names & teams wrong. The ONLY name he has NOT gotten wrong is some "Big Name, Over-Rated, Thinks He's Sexy, Disco Queen, Thinks He's A Legend, Can't Play Shortstop As Well As Alex Rodriguez & Jose Reyes, Has 4 WS Rings, Yankees Captain For Life" Guy named Derek Jeter. Tim might think that The Cask N Flagon Bar-Pub, on Lansdowne Street, is next to Yankee Stadium;

Unlike Jack Buck, Joe is the set-up man for Tim's Gaffes, followed by Joe's Legendary Penchant for the Wiseass in all of us;

It's called Comedy;

It's NOT Baseball;

I can't help it if I want my Baseball, served up by The Great Ones like Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson, Curt Gowdy Sr, Mel Allen, Jack Buck, Ken Coleman, Joe Castiglione, Vincent Scully(He of Inwood-Upper Manhattan) & from the Days when Mc Carver caused one to think instead of being a foil for another Comedian;

"We'll See You Tomorrow Night"(Jack Buck);

"Back For The Happy Recap In Just A Moment"(Bob Murphy);

Just my thoughts!

Mike

4 Comments:

Blogger Anita Moore said...

Vin Scully is from Upper Manhattan? I didn't know that.

He has been the voice of the Dodgers since the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.

9:08 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

Since '52 In Ebbets Field, Brooklyn:

Lately, as Scully works Solo, I can hear a bit of his Upper Manhattan Tones;

56 Years in The Dodgers Booth

12:51 PM  
Blogger Anita Moore said...

You've really gotta love what you're doing to stick with it for 56 years!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Michael Leggett said...

He's been around a long time:

Even Charley Steiner(Road TV on FSN-Prime Ticket)used to listen to him in Brooklyn.

8:28 AM  

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