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OnBaseMachine
10-10-2006, 08:15 PM
As the title says: What is your favorite baseball radio or television call of all-time? If you can, please post a link of the audio call if it's available...(I understand that most of them probably can't be found for free on the internet.)

My personal favorite is Jack Buck's call of Kirk Gibson's walkoff HR against the A's in the 1988 World Series. I get chills down my back everytime I hear that call.

Unbelievable! I don't believe what I just saw!

Audio of Kirk Gibson HR (scroll down to OCT. 15, 1988) (http://www.kdsnradio.com/greatmomentsinsports.htm)

IowaRed
10-10-2006, 09:18 PM
Russ Hodges calling Bobby Thomson's HR has always been my favorite. The circumstances surrounding how it got recorded are pretty amazing, it's been discussed on here before but it's a great story.

(taken from Wikipedia) Ironically, if not for the generosity of a Dodger fan, this famous moment in sports broadcasting might have been lost. This was in an era before all game broadcasts were recorded. However, in his autobiography, Hodges related how a Brooklyn fan, excited over what appeared to be a certain Dodger victory, hooked up his home tape recorder to his radio. The fan wanted to capture Hodges "crying." Instead, he recorded history; the next day, he called Hodges and said, "You have to have this tape."


http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/exhibits/online_exhibits/1951/sounds/thomson_sound.wav

johngalt
10-10-2006, 09:22 PM
Two from Marty B. stand out:

"Benzinger backing and calling...and the 1990 world championship belongs to the Cincinnati Reds!"

"Tom Browning has just pitched a perfect game!"

max venable
10-10-2006, 09:26 PM
"1-2 the wind and the pitch to Bench, change hit in the air to deep right field, back goes Clemente at the fence...it's gone!!!"

Anybody else remember that one? Anyone remember who said it? (just testin' ya).

OnBaseMachine
10-10-2006, 09:27 PM
"1-2 the wind and the pitch to Bench, change hit in the air to deep right field, back goes Clemente at the fence...it's gone!!!"

Anybody else remember that one? Anyone remember who said it? (just testin' ya).

Al Michaels?

max venable
10-10-2006, 09:29 PM
Al Michaels?

Ding ding ding...we have a winner.

IowaRed
10-10-2006, 09:29 PM
It was Al Michaels

OnBaseMachine
10-10-2006, 09:33 PM
IowaRed: Does the HOF website have audio links to the greatest moments in baseball history?

IowaRed
10-10-2006, 09:36 PM
I didn't see it if they do. They have special online exhibits for certain records/events/subjects...that's where I found the Hodges audio.

Bob Borkowski
10-10-2006, 09:37 PM
It was Al Michaels

Yeah, but I thought Al said 'She's gone!' not 'It's gone'.

Is my memory playing tricks on me...or maybe I just misunderstood him.

:)

IowaRed
10-10-2006, 09:44 PM
Yeah, but I thought Al said 'She's gone!' not 'It's gone'.

Is my memory playing tricks on me...or maybe I just misunderstood him.

:)


He did say "she's gone" in that early Al Michaels high-pitched screech

OnBaseMachine
10-10-2006, 09:47 PM
Yeah, but I thought Al said 'She's gone!' not 'It's gone'.

Is my memory playing tricks on me...or maybe I just misunderstood him.

:)

She's gone!

http://www.deadballart.com/redszone/sound/Johnny_Bench_HR_72Pitt.wav

Link is from woy's great website.

Blimpie
10-10-2006, 09:57 PM
"Aaawwwhhh, Christ!"--Harry Caray

bigredmachine1976
10-10-2006, 10:27 PM
Whatever Marty said when Pete broke the hits record. Can't remember what he said but I remember exactly where I was and the chill that went up my spine.

Matt700wlw
10-10-2006, 11:53 PM
Al Michaels?

Pre-pubecent Al Michaels :D

Matt700wlw
10-10-2006, 11:54 PM
Whatever Marty said when Pete broke the hits record. Can't remember what he said but I remember exactly where I was and the chill that went up my spine.

That used to be my sig....

But I changed it.

johngalt
10-11-2006, 12:13 AM
Whatever Marty said when Pete broke the hits record. Can't remember what he said but I remember exactly where I was and the chill that went up my spine.

The best thing about that call is hearing Joe in the background going "Get down! Get down!"

OldRightHander
10-11-2006, 12:18 AM
"Oliver swings and grounds it...FAIR down the left field line...Billy Bates will score, and this one belongs to the Reds!"

The first time I think I heard Joe use Marty's line.

vaticanplum
10-11-2006, 12:41 AM
The best thing about that call is hearing Joe in the background going "Get down! Get down!"

That's what I remember. Glad to hear it verified, actually.

919191
10-11-2006, 01:35 AM
Mine is Al Michael's call of Foster scoring the winning run in the '72 playoffs in game 5. I remember "Here's the (forget the count 2 and 1 maybe?) to McRae..it's in the dirt..here comes Foster..it's a wild pitch..the Reds win the pennant..the Reds win the pennant!"

redsrule2500
10-11-2006, 03:07 AM
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GAC
10-11-2006, 06:29 AM
"1-2 the wind and the pitch to Bench, change hit in the air to deep right field, back goes Clemente at the fence...it's gone!!!"

Anybody else remember that one? Anyone remember who said it? (just testin' ya).

Oh yeah! I came up off of the couch on that one. Game 5 of the 1971 NLCS vs the Pirates.

cumberlandreds
10-11-2006, 06:52 AM
Oh yeah! I came up off of the couch on that one. Game 5 of the 1971 NLCS vs the Pirates.

One of the few times that I saw my dad get really excited over a ballgame. When Bench hit that home run he shot up out of the chair and slapped his hands together and said "How about that!" That still is my favorite Reds moment of all time!
BTW it was the 1972 NLCS not 1971.

cumberlandreds
10-11-2006, 06:53 AM
"Oliver swings and grounds it...FAIR down the left field line...Billy Bates will score, and this one belongs to the Reds!"

The first time I think I heard Joe use Marty's line.

He said it at least once in the 70's. It's on one of my records that has highlights of the 75 or 76 season.

GAC
10-11-2006, 07:11 AM
One of the few times that I saw my dad get really excited over a ballgame. When Bench hit that home run he shot up out of the chair and slapped his hands together and said "How about that!" That still is my favorite Reds moment of all time!
BTW it was the 1972 NLCS not 1971.


Yep. You're right. Don't know what I was thinkin'. ;)

Heres the highlights of that game....

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_72nlcs_gm5_pitci n

Pirates starter Steve Blass was brilliant over eight innings of this clinching game, holding a Reds lineup that featured Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Pete Rose to only two runs. He turned the ball over to closer Dave Giusti for the ninth, and then it was only a matter of waiting for the final three outs and the victory celebration.

But NL MVP Bench was waiting for the palmballer to lead off the ninth, and he wasn't holding anything back on his swings. After pulling the third pitch just barely foul, Bench followed that up by sending a long fly to the opposite field. Clemente, who had pulled countless would-be home runs out of the stands in his illustrious 18-year career, raced back to the wall. But this one was out of his reach, giving the powerful catcher a game-tying home run.

The Cincinnati fans went into a frenzy, sending a wave of electricity surging throughout the stadium. When Perez and Dennis Menke continued the comeback by slapping back-to-back singles, one could almost feel the inevitable about to happen. Bob Moose was called in to try and stem the tide but like others who have been called on in similar situations - Bill Buckner, George Custer - his attempt at a stand was going to be memorable for the wrong reasons. A sacrifice fly moved pinch runner George Foster to third, and, moments later, Moose uncorked a slider that bounced away from catcher Manny Sanguillen. As Foster scampered home and into a jubilant mob of teammates, the stunned Pirates trudged towards their clubhouse.

It was a disappointing end to a riveting NLCS for Pittsburgh fans, but nothing compared to the shock they would eventually feel two and a half months later. It was on New Year's Eve that their beloved Clemente would die in a plane crash while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua.

Obviously, nobody realized on this day that they would never see Clemente play baseball again. And yet, even though Pirates fans would be devastated by the tragedy, they could always remember Clemente as a man who kept his team competitive until the very end.

Ltlabner
10-11-2006, 07:43 AM
For all time I am not sure....will have to put some more thought into it. There are so many good ones to choose from.

From recient history, Marty B's call of Dunn's walk off GS was pretty amazing. I have it saved on my computer. "Can you belive it?"

But favorite of all time...that's a different story.

RedFanAlways1966
10-11-2006, 08:05 AM
Not sure about my fav of all-time either. One that sticks in my mind is Marty's call of the 1976 REDS walkoff win of game 3 in the NLCS which sent them to the World Series. From wikipedia...

The Reds took Game 3 by the score of 7-6 after being down 6-4 going to the bottom of the 9th inning. George Foster and Johnny Bench hit back-to-back homers to lead the inning, tie the game, and get the Cincinnati crowd loud once again. After a combination of a single and walks (one intentional), Ken Griffey's single, with one out, won the Reds the game and the series, by scoring Dave Concepción.

One of the RZ members posted the 1975 and 1976 greatest hits albums here a couple years ago. The albums told the stories of each season and had many Marty & Joe calls from each respective season. Whomever you were... we'd love to have that again (my old computer died and I lost the MP3s)!

Roy Tucker
10-11-2006, 09:06 AM
It's not baseball, but I always get a huge kick out of Joe Starkey's call at the end of the '82 Stanford-Cal band on the field football game. The man absolutely loses his mind. Completely and utterly. Watch the long version.

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/KCAA_Multimedia/The_Play_1982.asp

Chip R
10-11-2006, 09:12 AM
I've always been fond of Jack Buck's "Go crazy, folks!"

dabvu2498
10-11-2006, 09:16 AM
I've always been fond of Jack Buck's "Go crazy, folks!"

That's mine, too.

For my fave Reds' model, Game 2 of the 1990 WS (already mentioned)... "Billy Bates will score and this one belongs to the Reds!"

Always Red
10-11-2006, 10:13 AM
Mine is Al Michael's call of Foster scoring the winning run in the '72 playoffs in game 5. I remember "Here's the (forget the count 2 and 1 maybe?) to McRae..it's in the dirt..here comes Foster..it's a wild pitch..the Reds win the pennant..the Reds win the pennant!"

That's my absolute favorite, followed only by Al's call on Bench's HR just 5 minutes prior.

I was 11 years old, and it just doesn't get any better than that! Me and my dad and brother were all jumping up and down, hugging each other in the basement (This was long before the days of the high-five, or we'd have been doing that, too.) Mom had gone upstairs, she could not watch because she was so nervous.

Non-baseball and off-topic, but my other all-time fav is Michael's call of the US victory over the USSR, otherwise known as the "Do you believe in miracles?" call.

westofyou
10-11-2006, 10:32 AM
It's not baseball, but I always get a huge kick out of Joe Starkey's call at the end of the '82 Stanford-Cal band on the field football game. The man absolutely loses his mind. Completely and utterly. Watch the long version.

http://alumni.berkeley.edu/KCAA_Multimedia/The_Play_1982.asp

I actually heard that live, I was working that day and in the company truck.

Greatest thing I've ever heard on the radio.

registerthis
10-11-2006, 10:59 AM
Marty Brennamen berating a first base umpire and calling out Richie Phillips during a game in 1999.

Quality radio right there.

GAC
10-11-2006, 11:02 AM
Though it's not a Red's highlight, Fisk's HR in game 6 of the 75 WS caused me to sink to new lows. I was listening to it on Armed Forces radio. I was really worried that it would deflate the Reds.

Chip R
10-11-2006, 12:08 PM
Non-baseball and off-topic, but my other all-time fav is Michael's call of the US victory over the USSR, otherwise known as the "Do you believe in miracles?" call.


I get a chill up my spine every time I hear that.

For the Reds, I'd have to say Curt Gowdy's call of the Reds winning the 75 series was best. It had excitement, joy, enthusiasm and clarity. ;)

KittyDuran
10-11-2006, 01:30 PM
For the Reds, I'd have to say Curt Gowdy's call of the Reds winning the 75 series was best. It had excitement, joy, enthusiasm and clarity.
Thanks for the memories....:p: :bang:

KittyDuran
10-11-2006, 01:34 PM
That's my absolute favorite, followed only by Al's call on Bench's HR just 5 minutes prior.

I was 11 years old, and it just doesn't get any better than that! Me and my dad and brother were all jumping up and down, hugging each other in the basement (This was long before the days of the high-five, or we'd have been doing that, too.) Mom had gone upstairs, she could not watch because she was so nervous.

Non-baseball and off-topic, but my other all-time fav is Michael's call of the US victory over the USSR, otherwise known as the "Do you believe in miracles?" call.I was 13 years old. I couldn't watch it on TV for being too nervous and went into the back bedroom - but my parents stayed in the family room (converted from a garage and at the opposite in of the house). I turned on the radio and it was already an 0-2 count IIRC on Bench. I was so afraid that he would strike out that I reached up to turn off the radio when I hear Al's voice ring out. I screamed and ran into the family room where my parents were just sitting there (no emotion - they HATE baseball). I jump up and down screaming telling them what happened, and then stay for the end.