Re: Curt Gowdy dies
RIP. When I first began to really follow major league baseball, Gowdy was the announcer on all of NBC's major league telecasts. When I first began to follow pro football, we could only get the local NBC affiliate, so I became an AFL fan, rooting for the Raiders and Bengals-again, Gowdy was the announcer I heard for all the "big" pro games.
Gowdy was a good announcer, and hearing his voice on any replay of an old telecast brings back fond memories, but he definitely was no Reds fan. I can remember that at the start of every season in the 1970s up through 1975 he was always naming the Dodgers as his favorite to win the NL West over Cincinnati because the Dodgers had superior pitching; LA's pitching was better, but the Reds had the better team and finsihed ahead of LA in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1975.
As for the 1975 Series, I agree that Gowdy failed to hide that he was rooting for the Red Sox. I can remember a cartoon that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer after game seven depicting Gowdy's voice trailing off in disappointment as he announced that "Geronimo catches the ball and the Reds are world champions" (or words to that effect).
No matter. RIP.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."