Tuesday, August 03, 2004

WFAN: Mets Announcer Bob Murphy Dies 

WFAN: Mets Announcer Bob Murphy Dies:

NEW YORK (CBS) Legendary Hall of Fame Mets announcer Bob Murphy has lost his battle with lung cancer. He was 79 years old. Murphy, who served as the Mets' announcer from 1962 until he retired last year, got his professional start in radio after World War II, when he called Muskogee Reds' games in Oklahoma.

After leaving his native Oklahoma, Murphy went east and joined Red Sox Radio. After his stint in Boston, he went to Baltimore for two years, before joining the Mets. Murphy was the 1994 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. Murphy passed away in Florida. Funeral arrangements were not immediately available.

I listened to Bob Murphy calling Mets games since I was a little kid. He was the epitome of what a baseball broadcaster should be. Unlike today's broadcasters, who rehearse dramatic calls in order to insert themselves into the headlines, Murphy was a great observer and play-by-play man. He was memorable because he was unassuming and acted like himself. He never put on airs that insulted the audience's intelligence. His grandfatherly voice, was a calm and serence presence during many bad and a glorious few Mets seasons.

Bob Murphy was one of a kind, but had broad appeal because he acted like he was the average and ordinary baseball fan.

Update: Other Mets fans weighing in... Baseball Crank and more to follow...


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