Our gracious sponsors at Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria are giving a lucky Giants’ fan (or a fan of any team, really) two round-trip tickets from San Francisco to New York City. But, that’s not all.
Here’s a full breakdown of what the winner will receive:
- 2 round-trip tickets from SF – New York City
- 7 Nights lodging at a top Manhattan Hotel
- Ground transportation
- Major League Meal Money ($99 per person per day) = $693 per person for a total of $1,386 cash.
The contest goes from 12:01 a.m. PDT July 15, 2013 t0 11:59 p.m. PDT August 16, 2013. To enter to win, you need only to follow THIS LINK or click on our Amici’s banner. Then, once you’re taken to the official contest page, provide your name, email address, and phone number to officially enter.
The winner, determined by random drawing, will be announced on this website on August 20th (He or she will also be notified via email).
In addition to NY Trip, Amici’s is also giving out three 10-person pizza parties, where Amici’s lets you select your choice of several pizzas and salads. All of them will be given away by Steve Berman (the Bay Area Sports Guy) once he returns from Malaysia next week. Steve will select, at random, a one commentor from each of our “Contest Posts,” which will run Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The winner of the first pizza party will be selected from one of the commentors of this post.
I’ve been doing a bit of traveling down the 5-south via a Toyota Corolla recently. I hate the drive more than words can express. Suffice it to say, the isolation of those vast stretches of cultivated desert induce extreme amounts of anxiety. But that is a discussion for a different audience, and the point is, when traveling, I’m never more thankful for the familiar voices of Duane Kuiper, Mike Krukow, Jon Miller and Dave Flemming.
Though they can sometimes diverge into weirdness (Kuiper kept using the phrase “something soft” when describe various pitchers’ approach yesterday), Kruk, Kuip, Miller and Flemming’s thoughtful recreations of games can be almost enchanting. I can’t help but to wonder if we get the benefit of listening to some of the best narrators in baseball. Ever.
This would be no small victory for the Bay Area over a history of announcers that tends to be East Coast heavy. In fact, most of those who’d make a top-5 list of greatest announcers would hail from New York, New York, given the rich radio history of the NY Giants, Brooklyn Dodgers, and Yankees.
After pouring over the various top-10 lists available on line, I have taken liberties to piece together a top-5 list. Notably absent is Harry Caray, but I’m okay with that, if you are.
5. Russ Hodges
If you’re having difficulty placing the name, think: “THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT! THE GIANTS WIN THE PENNANT!”
Hodges was the voice of the Giants for 22 years, starting with the team in New York in 1949 before following them out west nearly a decade later. Hodges has been induced into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Hall of Fame in 1975, and he became the fourth recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.
4. Red Barber
Barber served with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1939–1953 and the New York Yankees from 1954–1966. Barber was known to have coined quite few phrases (known as “Barberisms”) still widely used today, for better or worse. You know that “back-back-back-back” schtick Chris Berman does? Well, that was originally Barber’s.
Barber was induced into the NSSA inducted Barber in 1973 and became one of the first broadcasters to be awarded the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.Barber was also posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.
3. Mel Allen
Curt Smith wrote in Voices of The Game, “[Red] Barber was white wine, crepes suzette and bluegrass music; Allen was beer, hot dogs and the United States Marine Band.”
Allen called Yankees games from 1939 to 1964, during which time he became known such catchphrases as:”Hello there, everybody!”; “How ’bout that?!”; “Go-ing, go-ing, gonnne!!”; “Three and two. What’ll he do?”; “How about that!”; and “Ballantine Blast”.
Allen was inducted into the NSSA Hall of Fame in 1972. He was one of the first two winners of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting. And then, in 1988, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
2. Ernie Harwell
Harwell voice were in such high demand that Brooklyn Dodgers’ general manager, Branch Rickey, sent catcher Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association in exchange for Harwell.
Though best known for his 42 years of work with the Detroit Tigers, Harwell spent time broadcasting for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1948-1949 and the New York Giants (1950–1953). Over his career, he coined such phrases as, “That one is long gone!” after a home run and “Two for the price of one!” after a double play.
Harwell was named Michigan Sportscaster of the Year 19 times by the the NSSA, and was inducted him into NSSA Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also the fifth broadcaster to be given the Ford C. Frick Award. Then in 1998, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
1. Vin Scully
Not much needs to be said about Vin Scully. He’s been the broadcast voice of the Dodgers since 1950. Think about that. He’s held the same job for 63 years. That’s a lifetime for some people.
Scully is known for his quips, some of which were compiled by the Los Angeles Times:
He fires off one-liners:
“[Roberto] Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania.”
Bob Gibson “pitches as though he’s double-parked.”
“Tom Glavine is like a tailor: a little off here, a little off there and you’re done — take a seat.”
“The Dodgers are such a .500 team that if there was a way to split a three-game series, they’d find it.”
“Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day to day. Aren’t we all?”
“It’s a mere moment in a man’s life between the All-Star game and an old timers game.”
But, Scully’s needs not be lauded by me. He’s already received a plethora of accolades. He was given the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Then, in 1995, he was honored with a Life Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting, as well as an induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was also named the National Sportscaster of the Year three times (1965, 1978, 1982) by the NSSA.
The contest question of the day is this:
***Do any of the Giants’ announcers crack this list or even the top-10?***
In the comments section, answer the question and rank one or all of them. That is, make your own top-5 or -10 list.
I’d be interested to see who among the current broadcast team makes it and where they land. Miller, for example, is already on most Top-10 lists and has been inducted into the NSSA in 1998 and was recently awarded the Ford C. Frick Award by the Baseball Hall of Fame. And so, his ranking might be obvious. Duane Kuiper, though five-time Emmy Award winner, has not been recognized by the ASSA or the Hall of Fame. Likewise for Mike Krukow and Dave Flemming — though Flemming’s age and experience would preclude him from winning such awards.
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