Originally Posted by brat
Going way back to when I was a kid, in the early to mid 1960's, Dizzy Dean (the HOF pitcher) called the National Game of the Week on TV.
Did not matter if the game was good or not, but he is the only announcer I wanted to watch the game because of the announcer.
Same here. Backyard baseball games stopped and our tails were parked in front of the TV when Diz and PeeWee were on even if it was the hated Yankees playing. Ole Diz always kept a Falstaff at his side and would often leave PeeWee to handle the broadcast while he slipped out to grab a hotdog or steak sandwich at a pub near the ballpark.
He certainly can't get credit for all of the quaint baseball sayings like "duck snort, worm beater, blue darter, knocked that one a country mile," etc but that was the way he called a game. And God help if someone's name had more than two sylllables because you never knew what was going to come out of his mouth.