:: Wednesday, June 19, 2002 ::

Jack Buck: 1924-2002. My favorite baseball broadcaster, the legendary Jack Buck, is dead at age 77. A Hall-of-Famer, Buck called games for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1954 through 2001, working first with Harry Caray, then becoming the Cardinals' main radio guy. When Major League Baseball resumed play last fall after the Sept. 11 attacks, it was Jack Buck who gave a moving patriotic speech at Busch Stadium in St. Louis (link to the video available at this wonderful tribute to Jack Buck). Sports Illustrated lists some of Buck's more memorable calls. My favorite is his call of Ozzie Smith's home run in the 1985 NLCS (RealAudio clip of the call available from this site).

For many country kids growing up in the Midwest in the 1960s, Jack Buck was the voice of big-league baseball, and he was our link to the St. Louis Cardinals. I remember sitting on the front porch on many humid Missouri nights listening to Buck call the plays on KMOX radio out of St. Louis. Baseball, the Cardinals, and Jack Buck were a big part of my childhood. Thank you, Jack, for sharing your passion for baseball with the world.

Sport's great voices grow silent, by Bob Cohn of The Washington Times

In passing, a nice tribute to Buck from Stephen Green's VodkaPundit

Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck dies, from The Sporting News

Buck known for effortless style, class, from ESPN

Microphone binds the Bucks (link no longer available), a nice Father's Day story about Jack Buck and his broadcaster son Joe, in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Linked from Boston Sports Media Watch. (For more about Atlanta, visit this site.)

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