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06-19-2002, 07:06 AM
Jack Buck the age of 77 died of lung cancer and many other diseases last night at the end of the WhiteSox baseball game. With all of his great calls how could anyone not miss one of the best sports announcers ever?
06-19-2002, 07:25 AM
That was Jack Buck's calling card at the end of each Cardinal victory on KMOX-AM (1120). In fact, I think it was from Jack Buck whom John Rooney got his trademark "That's a White Sox winner!" Rooney previously worked at "The Voice of St. Louis" as a sports reporter where Mr. Buck was sports director.
Mr. Buck was an institution in St. Louis I think far more than Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse were here in Chicago. From Stan Musial to Bob Gibson to Lou Brock to Ozzie Smith to Mark McGwire to Albert Pujols, Mr. Buck was behind the KMOX microphone for almost 50 years. There is a bust of him at Busch Stadium and during BP at Busch, Mr. Buck was always beseiged by Cardinal fans for his autograph.
Also, many of you do not know that Mr. Buck was a former Bears announcer. In the early '60s, the NFL was on CBS with the network assigning a pair of announcers to each team for the entire season. Mr. Buck was paired with Bears and Notre Dame great George Connor, and they were in the booth when the Bears won the 1963 NFL Championship.
Mr. Buck will be missed not only in the Gateway City but all across America.
He's a winner!
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06-19-2002, 10:24 AM
I wonder how many "Diehard" Cub fans know that Jack Buck began his Hall of Fame broadcast career with Harry Carey announcing for the Cardinals? I'll always remember watching the WS in LA when Kirk Gibson jacked the HR off of Dennis Eckersley and Jack Buck exclaimed, "I don't believe what I just saw!" Gibson was practically hobbled by injury and smoked the HR out with nothing but his arms. RIP Jack.
06-19-2002, 10:57 AM
I'll never forget Ozzie Smith's homerun off of Tom Neidenfuer in the 1985 NLCS. The ball just barely cleared the fence in the right field, and Buck exclaimed, "Go crazy, folks! Go crazy!"
Jack Buck was one of the best. Perhaps nobody in broadcasting carried himself with more class and dignity than Buck. His name is synonimous with the St. Louis Cardinals organization and Major League Baseball as a whole.
Thanks for the memories, Jack, and God bless.
06-19-2002, 01:26 PM
He was also a hilarious person, which rarely came across in his sturdy sounding broadcasts. I remember they had a Harry Caray roast in Las Vegas in the late '80s and they had all these big name comedians who came out with flat, unfunny putdowns. Then Buck came on and trashed Harry to pieces. The whole place was roaring.
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