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downstairs
02-20-2006, 12:42 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,185443,00.html

Fenway
02-20-2006, 01:11 PM
I feel like I have just lost a member of my family :whiner: :whiner: :whiner:

my voices of summer are all gone now

Curt, Ken Coleman, Jim Woods and the great Ned Martin

http://boston.redsox.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/article.jsp?ymd=20060220&content_id=1316438&vkey=news_bos&fext=.jsp&c_id=bos

http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/redsox/articles/2004/05/08/his_voice_echoes_through_the_years/

BOSTON -- He is considered one of the greatest sports broadcasters of all-time, if not the greatest.

For 16 seasons, from 1951-1965, Boston fans were lucky enough to have Curt Gowdy serve as the voice of the Red Sox.

"That was great and they were the happiest years of my life," said Gowdy. "I came up to Boston after two years with the Yankees in 1951 and left after the 1965 season. They were wonderful years for me."

After the 1965 season, Gowdy joined NBC-TV on the national scene as the “Game of the Week” announcer from 1966-1975.

jackbrohamer
02-20-2006, 01:21 PM
RIP Curt Gowdy. My first memory of watching a baseball game on television was with him doing Game of the Week in about 1967 or so.

Fenway
02-20-2006, 01:36 PM
he couldn't have been nicer to me when I was 11 and my Dad got me into the TV booth :smile:

At least he got to see the Red Sox win :D:

One of my great childhood memories was going to the New England Sportsmens Show every winter and seeing Curt and Ted Williams flycasting :smile:

http://newyorksocialdiary.com/socialdiary/2005/03_08_05/images/16..jpg
http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2002/07/22/TzqVqR4D.jpg

mike squires
02-20-2006, 01:45 PM
I didn't know he was still broadcasting. Great voice, legendary broadcastor. RIP Curt.

Lip Man 1
02-20-2006, 01:52 PM
Actually Curt hadn't been actively working for awhile but like Fenway stated he was one of the voices of my generation.

Between major league baseball, the AFL and the NCAA basketball tournament which then was sole property of NBC, he was at all the great events seemingly all the time.

Great voice, very well prepared. They don't make him like that anymore.

Go to this WSI audio interactive piece and click on the 1974 All Star Game from Pittsburgh to hear Curt and Joe one more time.

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/rwas/index.php?category=14&id=2258

Lip

Hangar18
02-20-2006, 02:09 PM
yes, legendary voice, I always remember him on NBC Game of The Week,
and especially when he did AFC games for NBC.

Wsoxmike59
02-20-2006, 02:12 PM
It truly saddens me to hear this. I was just thinking about Curt Gowdy the other day when I popped in an old tape of Game of the Week with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek.

Like Jack Brohamer above said, Kurt Gowdy was one of my earliest baseball memories too. Sadly we have lost another "giant" in the broadcast industry.

R.I.P. Curt, and say hello to Teddy "Ballgame" for us. :whiner:

McCuddy
02-20-2006, 02:15 PM
Sad to hear of Curt's passing. I immediately thought of rain delays as a kid and the old All-Star game films. (OK, so they were the other team's games... but you'd still watch the film.) Not to mention the Game of the Week broadcasts in the 70's...

Paulwny
02-20-2006, 02:16 PM
He gave the fledgling AFL some legitamacy.
RIP

Fenway
02-20-2006, 04:06 PM
He gave the fledgling AFL some legitamacy.P
RIP

He and Paul Christman were the first great football broadcasting team

Curt also did the game that proved the AFL was being watched in NFL cities when fans went bonkers over Heidi

his obit
http://www.boston.com/sports/baseball/articles/2006/02/20/sportscaster_curt_gowdy_dies/

Gowdy has been honored with dozens of awards. He was inducted into the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the American Sportscaster's Hall of Fame in 1985. The Curt Gowdy State Park was established in Wyoming in 1971.

He once said, "I tried to pretend that I was sitting in the stands with a buddy watching the game poking him in the ribs when something exciting happened. I never took myself too seriously. An announcer is only as good as yesterday's performance."

Curt's last gig was doing the Pats radio on the old WHDH radio

I have a tape of Curt doing radio of Game 6 of the 75 Series with his old partner Ned Martin Mercy

The Dude
02-20-2006, 04:20 PM
RIP to a classic broadcaster

Grobber33
02-20-2006, 05:28 PM
I was not only lucky enough to hear Curt Gowdy as a kid on the AFL Games,,but later got to know him quite well. I can say he was one of the nicest,class acts I ever knew.

More if anyone is interested at www.grobber.com on the home page.

Hangar18
02-20-2006, 05:35 PM
I was not only lucky enough to hear Curt Gowdy as a kid on the AFL Games,,but later got to know him quite well. I can say he was one of the nicest,class acts I ever knew.

More if anyone is interested at www.grobber.com (http://www.grobber.com) on the home page.



Nice story Les

Fenway
02-21-2006, 04:44 AM
I was not only lucky enough to hear Curt Gowdy as a kid on the AFL Games,,but later got to know him quite well. I can say he was one of the nicest,class acts I ever knew.

More if anyone is interested at www.grobber.com (http://www.grobber.com) on the home page.

Steve Buckley in the tabloid HERALD got it right

http://redsox.bostonherald.com/redSox/view.bg?articleid=127196&format=text

A couple of years ago, Curt Gowdy was honored at The Tradition, the Sports Museum of New England’s annual awards presentation. As the applause softened and the old sportscaster looked out at the gathering on the floor of the then FleetCenter, he adjusted the microphone, paused for a beat and said, “Hi, neighbor, have a ’Gansett!”
What made the moment so special wasn’t just that Gowdy cut through the ever-thickening fog of time and conjured up a commercial tagline from his days broadcasting Red Sox games on radio and television. No, it was the pacing, coupled with the nostalgia, that reminded everyone that this was not just a broadcaster, but an artist, a man who always knew when to talk, which is the easy part. He also knew when to pull back a little, which for many broadcasters is an insurmountable hurdle.

Curt after he went to NBC still stayed connected to Boston by being sports director at WRKO

http://wrko.org/_talentpix/gowdy-ury-henabery.jpg
Perry Ury and Bob Henabery with Curt Gowdy as Curt signs his new contract with WRKO (1967)

Intro was a great PAMS jingle "Curt Gowdy Sports...WRKO!"
http://wrko.org/_logos_wrko/wrkologo67_39.gif


http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2006/02/21/1140500185_5027.jpg
Curt Gowdy (right) was the voice of the Red Sox for 15 seasons. Among those who helped him in the booth were Mel Parnell (left) and Ned Martin. (The Boston Globe/ File 1965)

Maximo
02-21-2006, 07:38 AM
IMO....Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman helped to legitimize the old AFL from its very inception. A great broadcasting team!

Furthermore, Curt was a 'mover and shaker' with "The American Sportsman", a very interesting program revolving around hunting and fishing. I have a lot memories of spending cold/snowy Sunday afternoons in the winter watching that program. It was almost mesmerizing.

robertks61
02-21-2006, 06:19 PM
RIP Curt Gowdy. My first memory of watching a baseball game on television was with him doing Game of the Week in about 1967 or so.

My childhood...RIP Curt!

Fenway
02-21-2006, 09:29 PM
In Gowdy's obit in the NY TIMES a little factoid I never knew

Somehow I think it worked out for the best Gowdy and Cosell?

ABC Sports had wooed him to be the first play-by-play announcer for "Monday Night Football," but NBC would not release him from his contract.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/21/sports/othersports/21gowdy.html

TheTimes also cites his call of Ted Williams last HR but the copy that exists today is a recreation made in the 70's. WHDH never taped the game back in 1960.

"Everybody quiet now here at Fenway Park after they gave him a standing ovation of two minutes knowing that this is probably his last time at bat. One out, nobody on, last of the eighth inning. Jack Fisher into his windup, here's the pitch. Williams swings — and there's a long drive to deep right! The ball is going and it is gone! A home run for Ted Williams in his last time at bat in the major leagues!"

soxinem1
02-21-2006, 10:05 PM
Sad to hear of Curt's passing. I immediately thought of rain delays as a kid and the old All-Star game films. (OK, so they were the other team's games... but you'd still watch the film.) Not to mention the Game of the Week broadcasts in the 70's...

I was going to say the same thing. The thing I liked about Curt Gowdy is his versatility and non one-sided broadcasting when he did the network games, whether it was baseball or football. He was always objective.

Maybe Joe Buck and Tim McCarver should listen to his archives to learn how a game should be called!

TDog
02-22-2006, 03:19 AM
... Between major league baseball, the AFL and the NCAA basketball tournament which then was sole property of NBC, he was at all the great events seemingly all the time. ...Lip

Going back into the '60s, I only knew him do baseball and the 1976 NCAA basketball finals, where he kept referring to "the University of Indiana" the night Indiana University was winning its third national championship.

Sox-on-TV44
02-22-2006, 09:33 AM
Curt Gowdy was a great broadcaster.

I was too young to remember him on NBC's "Game Of The Week".But in the bits and pieces of it,he calls a great game.

But I strongly remember him in those World Series films from the 60's and early '70's (The ones they show when Sox games were in a rain delay).

RIP:Cowboy Curt.:(:

IowaSox1971
02-22-2006, 05:25 PM
Today in the sports media, we have self-promoters like Chris Berman, Dick Vitale and Stuart Scott. Years ago, there were true professionals like Curt Gowdy.

This is progress?

It would have been nice to have someone like Gowdy, instead of Berman, calling our postseason series against the Red Sox last year. Even though Gowdy spent many years calling Red Sox games, he would have given us a much better shake than Berman did.

Lip Man 1
02-22-2006, 05:59 PM
T-Dog:

Gowdy did most of the NCAA title games through 77 I believe. He was behind the mic for example for the UCLA-Memphis State final in 1972 in St. Louis. After 77 when the team of Enberg-Packer and McGwire took over he'd do early or regional games. For example in 1979 he called the early tourny games involving Indiana State and Larry Bird.

Lip