Top 10 Broadcasting Calls
The baseball postseason once again is hitting a fever pitch, with dramatic rallies and late inning home runs deciding tension-filled games. While football has taken over as America's favorite sport - thanks to television - baseball remains the romantic sport best heard on the radio.
It was on Oct. 3, 1951, Russ Hodges made his frantic and famous call on Bobby Thomson's "Shot Heard 'Round the World." While New York Giants fans will forever cherish the three-run walk-off homer that put their team in the World Series, their memory of the occasion surely would not have been as vivid and exciting without Hodges' memorable call. On Thursday, Joe Buck duplicated that call - though with a bit less repetition - when Travis Ishikawa won Giants the pennant in the exact same fashion.
Hodges was but one of the many in a golden age of broadcasters, as his New York City peers included Red Barber, Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Ernie Harwell and Marty Glickman. It's indeed a rare skill to summarize the occasion aptly and not be overwhelmed by it. Some announcers rise to the challenge, others fall victim to it. But either way, what they said at the spur of the moment, in complete spontaneity, would be preserved for posterity.
Of course, sports broadcasting - radio and television - has been a part of our living rooms for more than half a century now and there have been countless great games and great moments, and not just in baseball. But a certain few stick out in our minds - we can recite every single word of what was said at that moment - because those calls were so magical, so indelible, and sometimes, so hysterical. These, are our Top 10 Broadcasting Calls of All Time.
(Compiled by Samuel Chi & Tom Carkeek)