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Old 04-08-2018, 04:49 PM
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We were just talking a few weeks back about McConnell's run on the radio side in the late 80s. I have fond memories of him calling games in '82 and '83.
https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/news/wh...79/c-271324566


Perhaps someone could shed some light on this photo that's on the main website. Drysdale and Hawk were hired before the 1982 season. McConnell is pictured. Was Jimmy still on the broadcast payroll at that point for the team? I know he worked on Sportsvision at some point (Was it '82 and '83 or just '83?). The picture makes it seem like Piersall and McConnell were going to do radio together. Lip might have a better handle on this. There's no caption on the photo, but it must have been taken in early 1982.


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Old 04-08-2018, 04:57 PM
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Purdue football right?
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My interview with Joe:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r...ory=11&id=3734

Joe actually worked with all of those guys at various times since the Sox rotated their announcers a lot.

Jimmy last worked in the booth in 1981 but hosted pre and postgame shows in 1982 and the first game of the 1983 season.

My guess is this photo was taken in the winter of 1981 after the season with the Sox announcing the hiring of Hawk and Don.

Sorry to hear about Joe's passing, he was a terrific announcer.
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One of the best announcers the Sox have ever had. He had a unique voice and was able to make the broadcast interesting and exciting, without making it about him.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:34 PM
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Great voice! I remember him with the call when Walter broke Jim Brown's rushing record.
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Old 04-08-2018, 08:42 PM
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I'm too young to remember hearing him (not counting Purdue football because I've never listened to those broadcasts), but my favorite calls from him came during Jordan's 3-point barrage against Portland.

"I don't believe it! 3-pointers from Jordan! What in the world is going on?!"
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The first Super Bowl highlight film to feature extensive use of radio voice overs was Super Bowl XI. McConnell handled the Vikings play by play for that game. During the coverage of Willie Brown's pick six, the audio cuts abruptly from McConnell's call to that Raiders annoucer Bill King.
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What's going through Drysdale's head in this photo with Jimmy at the microphone, Hawk on the other end, and the owners standing there with their arms crossed? "Get me out of here!"
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What's going through Drysdale's head in this photo with Jimmy at the microphone, Hawk on the other end, and the owners standing there with their arms crossed? "Get me out of here!"
LOL JR and EE both do look like mafia hit men!
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My interview with Joe:

http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/r...ory=11&id=3734

Joe actually worked with all of those guys at various times since the Sox rotated their announcers a lot.

Jimmy last worked in the booth in 1981 but hosted pre and postgame shows in 1982 and the first game of the 1983 season.

My guess is this photo was taken in the winter of 1981 after the season with the Sox announcing the hiring of Hawk and Don.

Sorry to hear about Joe's passing, he was a terrific announcer.
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McConnell was excellent. He was better than any of the current play-by-play announcers in the Sox and Bears booth (not including Hawk).
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Loved Joe- a real pro.

I can still remember his call of Baines' 3rd homer vs. Detroit the summer of 1982- exciting, dramatic, professional.
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RIP Joe McConnell. I still have my 1983 Sox Highlight Film on VHS and his many many wonderful calls from that Division Winning Summer.

I concur he was an excellent announcer, Baseball, Football, Basketball, he excelled at all of them calling the game. He brought the excitement from the field or floor right in to your living room. One of the all time best.
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I remember him fondly. Between him and Lorn Brown, the Sox had some pretty good radio announcers in my youth.

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What's going through Drysdale's head in this photo with Jimmy at the microphone, Hawk on the other end, and the owners standing there with their arms crossed? "Get me out of here!"
Yeah, what a weird picture for the Sox to display today on their website. Didn't they have any better photo of McConnell to use?
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We were just talking a few weeks back about McConnell's run on the radio side in the late 80s. I have fond memories of him calling games in '82 and '83.
https://www.mlb.com/whitesox/news/wh...79/c-271324566


Perhaps someone could shed some light on this photo that's on the main website. Drysdale and Hawk were hired before the 1982 season. McConnell is pictured. Was Jimmy still on the broadcast payroll at that point for the team? I know he worked on Sportsvision at some point (Was it '82 and '83 or just '83?). The picture makes it seem like Piersall and McConnell were going to do radio together. Lip might have a better handle on this. There's no caption on the photo, but it must have been taken in early 1982.


Brian, that photo is from Nov. 24, 1981 when the Sox announced their broadcasting teams for the 1982 season.
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